The Ranger Test

By Deane Barker • Posted on November 20, 2011 • Filed under health

Okay, it’s time to commit to my next fitness goal. Here it is –

At the age of 40, I intend to pass the U.S. Army Ranger entrance exam. This is the physical fitness test you have to pass to be considered for Ranger School. (Keep in mind that this just means you might get to go to the training program, it certainly doesn’t mean to get to actually be a Ranger…)

Why do I want to pass this? I have no idea, really. it’s just a good set of physical fitness goals – each one a bit out of reach now, but not out of the question if I work hard – and the goals are split nicely between endurance and strength.

So, here are the six benchmarks, and how I compare as of today:

(There is actually one more test – a water safety test. But it’s pass/fail and involves dropping into the water from a high-dive and some other things that I don’t think I can replicate with my resources, so I removed it.)

So, that’s it. I’m publicly committing to this today. I’ve been toying with the idea for months, but now I’m putting myself on the hook for it.

Wish me luck.

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