swamp phase of Ranger School were struck by lightning recently.
During this phase of Ranger training they actually live in the Florida swamps for about ten days of intense training. Lightning is especially dangerous on the swamp because it travels for quite a distance through the water when it strikes it.
All 44 were evacuated to a local hospital, but many were discharged, according to a press release from Fort Benning, Georgia, home of the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade. Eleven soldiers remained hospitalized the next day, though all had returned to duty by evening.
This shows some of the realism of Ranger training. If they had been in a combat situation there would nave been no hospital to go to and they would not have been able to suspend operations because of the weather.
“The Ranger students and instructors reacted and got everyone proper medical care quickly,” Col. David Fivecoat, commander of the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade, said. The students were anxious to return to training because they were working to earn their Ranger Tabs. This is a big deal for our troops who attend Special Operations schools. They are highly motivated which is why the military can count on them to get the job accomplished.
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