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Ranger School is more a selection than a "school". Not many people can list the tangible things they learned there and as many will tell you there isn't much "Ranger" stuff that goes on. You go to get your tab, it's a gate, one of the many herd thinning systems in place to set the special apart from the not so special...or in some cases the lucky from the unlucky. Here are what I think are the keys to success.

Life has taught me that there are always those members of a population that can’t follow simple rules. Here’s where our extra thirty pounds, five inches, and fifty percent more physical strength can actually be of benefit. When you observe a woman enduring that sort of thing, step up and tell the source to KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT AND MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS. And if she doesn’t want to engage with you, even after your chivalrous act, you KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT AND MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS too. This is simply behaving like decent humans. It’s easy. It’s what we owe the women in our lives and it’s how we become better as men and a species.

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When heading out into nature for any extended period, nutrition is the most important element of preparation. We can belabor over what type of weapon to bring if we’re hunting, what kind of gear to pack given the weather and environs, and what cool new toys and gadgets to include in our pack.

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Choosing an optic to put on your rifle can be one of the most frustrating experiences new shooters go through. There are about a million choices on the market and most shooters really do not know whether they have a good or a bad one. In the end, you will see a lot of shooters justifying a scope they own based almost solely on price and not the utility of purpose.

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The city of Ghazni is the latest in aggressive Taliban land grabs putting pressure on both President Ashraf Ghani and President Trump to mount a significant response as the noose around Kabul begins to tighten.

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Give your goals a face, something that once achieved, it can be recognized. This process is simple, yet methodical, calculated and systematic, like a well-run science experiment or clinical research. This doesn’t mean that you have to wear a lab coat, but you do need to be enthusiastic, disciplined, dedicated and probably a little creative. 

Roughly the size of a domestic house cat, the African giant pouch rat has far superior olfactory receptors, making them ideal for sniffing out buried land mines and TNT.  A few factors come into play when working with the rats: mainly that their training starts when they are pups.

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The most key element to any extended time spent in the wild is a sensible pack out. Seeing as it’ll be carrying everything that’ll help you survive and that you’ll be carrying it every mile of your trip, a decent inventory needs to be both sufficiently stocked and light enough to not make your trip hell.

While the creation of a series of military installation islands in an unknown body of water may seem inconsequential to most Americans, this developing Chinese control of major shipping lanes could dramatically upset the economic balance of our global economy. 
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For the average weekend warrior, what follows will provide adequate insight and set you up to survive and thrive in the field should the need arise. Dehydration and hypothermia are going to be your two biggest preventable worries, and puncture and exposure injuries are going to be the things you need to be thinking about treating in the wilderness  so that you can get OUT of the wilderness. 

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We shouldn’t criticize a person in mourning because everyone grieves in different ways and with varying levels of maturity. However, memorials should always place attention on the grieved, not the griever.

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Anti-poaching efforts like the Akashinga, don't just help the elephant population of East Africa but also do a lot for providing sources of income for impoverished women. These women demonstrate their passion on a daily basis for not only protecting the elephants but being able to provide for their children and members of the community a higher quality of life.

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