My son said that he didn’t think the Rangers had a water training segment to deal with. He wasn’t exactly correct, but the Ranger water training doesn’t involve swimming long distances, just braving cold, dirty water in full gear.
By far, the hardest struggle is psychological. After going through the grueling obstacle course, the rangers in training roll through muddy water. Then they crawl while rolling through the freezing muddy water. (The air temperature is 56 degrees and falling). After rolling through the cold water for a while, the men must do monkey bars with wet hands over the water. Then they jump back in the water and crawl through the mud.
The next day, on 3 hours sleep and one meal over the course of 24 hours, students must climb to a 50 foot high balance beam, walk to an obstacle, crawl to a rope line, touch a tab, drop into the freezing cold water, and swim 25 yards to a finish line.
A ranger must lead others through some of the most hostile environments on earth. They must show no fear.
Cold water swim test. Swim 25 yards in the cold water, fully dressed. Some of the black people on this particular episode couldn’t survive the cut. the cold water and full gear plus lack of swim skills disqualified some recruits.
The lesson here? Get your swim training before, during or after your military training. Lack of swim skills could stand between you and your dream–even if you dream to be part of an elite land based military unit, like the Army Rangers.