He basically started Ranger School with zero tactical knowledge.
The odds of successfully completing U.S. Army Ranger School were stacked against Capt. Ryan Mortensen.
First, Mortensen is a chaplain. Though there are nearly 1,600 chaplains in the Army, only about 20 are Ranger qualified, completing the branch’s most difficult combat leadership school.
Second, he is 41 years old, well past the age most soldiers commit to the course, which physically and mentally tests students in the hills of Fort Benning, the mountains of north Georgia and the Florida swamps.