|The last I saw of my soldier.|
"Relish the challenge of overcoming difficulties that would crush ordinary men...learn to suffer."If you'd like a better idea of suffering in the Ranger School context, check out the Discovery Channel show called Surviving the Cut: Ranger School. You can watch it in HD on YouTube, and I linked it below. It's an awesome inside look at how the Army trains Rangers.
John's ‘ranger ready', and I know he won’t quit. He’ll give it his all, and if it’s meant to be, then he’ll earn a tab. He's neither weak nor faint hearted, and that earned him a spot to compete with the military’s best soldiers today. But, the statistics worried him. He spent the weekend reminding me that only 50% of his class will graduate. Of those 50%, nearly 40% will have to recycle a phase. But before he can even make it to that first phase, he has to survive Ranger Assessment (RAP) this week- which is where 60% of all failures occur. I couldn’t help but jokingly say to him, using my best Effie Trinket voice (from The Hunger Games), “May the odds, be EVER…in your favor.” I know, I know, he’s not fighting 'til the death… but his odds are almost as bad as a hunger games tribute. (I’m glad he has no way of reading this right now!)
It’s possible that the hubs could be gone up to 63 days if he finishes without recycling, or gone longer than that if he repeats a phase. Either way, thank goodness I have plenty to keep my mind off the misery he’s living. I start work tomorrow with GA legal services, representing clients who can’t afford a lawyer. Fortunately I discovered a court rule that allows an out of state attorney to practice in GA for 18 months, so long as the work is with a public interest organization. That works out well while I continue to work towards provisional licensing for military spouse attorneys in GA. I recently had the pleasure of attending a Congressional Military Family Caucus Summit. It was encouraging to meet community members and legislators who advocate for easing the challenges faced by military families, including employment and professional licensing. If you want to learn more about the Military Family Caucus, check it out on Facebook. The summit was a great opportunity to gain support for milspouse attorneys, and I’m optimistic that we’ll begin to see change soon.
I’m also optimistic that my hubs will complete Ranger School, despite the odds. So, the countdown begins. Day 1/63- spent praying for/missing the hubster (already), and writing my first letter to him. Wow. This could be one. Long. Summer. Technology has spoiled me, because I forgot how long it takes to hand write a letter- legibly, without errors. Oh well, I'm sure I'll better appreciate the charm once I'm the one who receives a letter in the mail. Can't wait to read about ranger adventures. I'll keep ya posted!