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Face of Defense: Soldier Born in China Earns Army Ranger Tab | U.S. Department of Defense

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Army Cpl. Lie Wu, a hard-working 31-year-old wheeled vehicle mechanic originally from Xian, China, recently earned the coveted Ranger tab.

Army Cpl. Lie Wu, a wheeled vehicle mechanic assigned to the 84th Engineer Battalion Forward Support Company, 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, poses for a photo at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, March 9, 2018. Wu earned the coveted Ranger tab in January 2018. Army photo by 1st Lt. Joseph B. Wyatt

The Ranger School based at Fort Benning, Georgia, is the Army’s premier combat leadership and small-unit tactics course. Just 36 percent of Ranger School students pass the grueling course of instruction to obtain the tab.

For more than two months, Ranger students train to exhaustion, pushing the limits of their minds and bodies. Oriented toward small-unit tactics and training volunteers to engage in close combat and direct-fire battles, the school has three phases: Benning, Mountain, and Florida. In the last 12 years, only 42 soldiers in Wu’s military occupational specialty have completed the course.

Wu said the hardest part for him was something that fueled his determination: the fear of disappointing others.

Source: Face of Defense: Soldier Born in China Earns Army Ranger Tab | U.S. Department of Defense

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