FRIDAY FOTO (November 4, 2011)

November 4, 2011 at 11:29 am Leave a comment

Airmen Training for Ranger Training

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Hughes)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Giovanii Pacheco (left) provides security for a rehearsal training mission during the Air Combat Command Ranger Assessment and Selection (RAS) course at the Nevada Test and Training Range. The 12-day program at Nellis Air Force Base is designed to teach students to lead and command under heavy mental, emotional and physical stress.

On his back, the staff sergeant is carrying an AT-4 disposable anti-tank weapon. He’s holding an M4 carbine.

Airmen must attend the RAS course before going to the U.S. Army Ranger School based at Fort Benning, Georgia, which is designed to train armed forces personnel to conduct combat operations in small units.

On average, the Airmen attending the course receive two to four hours sleep, carry 55- to 80-pound rucksacks and sometimes receive only one Meal Ready to Eat (MRE) while burning around 2,000 to 3,000 calories a day.

Instructors say most students have to take the assessment course twice before they can qualify for the Ranger School. Even when they do, only a few from each class are sent to the school at a time. The October 2011 class started out with 22 students. By the end of the RAS course, only 17 graduated and only four were selected to attend the next 60-day Army Ranger School course and a chance to receive the RANGER uniform tab.

To see more photos of the RAS course, click here.

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