Sergeant Major of the Army Dan Dailey Welcomes Army’s Newest Rangers
By Shan Ogletree, Fort Benning Maneuver Center of Excellence Public Affairs /
FORT BENNING, Ga. – The United States Army welcomed its newest Rangers in a graduation ceremony at Fort Benning on July 14. After proving worthy of sustaining 61 days of the Army’s toughest training for an average of 19 hours each day, seven days a week, these Rangers are now ready to lead the way. “This a testament to not just the challenging standards for one of the most rigorous schools, Ranger School,” said Dailey. “But, it’s also a testament to the standards being maintained.”
Those standards must be met by every Soldier who wants to wear the Tab, but only the best of the best are capable of successfully meeting all requirements. Only those left standing have earned the right to be called Rangers. “379 Rangers started this class, and graduated 129. Only 39 of them who went straight through,” said Daily. “Be proud of what you’ve done, Rangers.”
Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel Dailey expressed to the new Rangers that people will look at them differently now that they bear the Ranger’s tab. And, though, such pride and honor comes with wearing the tab, remain humble. “And Rangers are silent professionals. Never get so high on yourself and what you accomplished that you look down on others,” said Dailey.
Unless you’re standing at the top of the rappel tower ready to demonstrate Rangers-In-Action before the Fort Benning community.
Ranger School develops leaders in the combat arms who are ready to engage in close combat direct fire battle. Fort Benning has been producing US Army Rangers since 1950.