For a Ranger candidate, the cold desolate roadway leading up to Camp Darby is one filled equally with anticipation as it is with anxiety. The journey towards achieving the coveted black and gold tab is one of inspirational stories and heart wrenching defeats. The journey is, as the sign says, not for the weak and faint of heart.
Since the inception of RAP (Ranger Assessment Phase) the school has driven itself to become one of the Army’s most reliable barometers for success as a future combat leader. The school’s primary purpose identifies candidates from both the ranks of NCOs, as well as within future officer ranks who can endure the challenge of simulated combat stress, which includes healthy doses of physical exhaustion, mental fatigue, and restrictions in calories.