After completing my service in the 75th Ranger Regiment and I returned to civilian life, I felt like a huge part of my life was missing. I felt an over whelming sense of guilt and sadness; I missed my brothers. It’s hard to explain if you didn’t serve. It’s not that I missed my life in Regiment, life was difficult and required a lot of pride swallowing; I’m not that fond of the harassment and smoke sessions, micro-management and Monday-morning quarterbacking and the kiss-ass political treachery that usually exists in every organization. That’s not what I missed.
I missed my family and not my wife and kids, though I missed them too. I missed my Ranger brothers who I fought with. I mourned not serving next to them. It was a very difficult transition that even now 5 years later I still struggle to let go.
I missed the cantankerous team leaders with 6 or 7 deployments, and the salty squad leaders and platoon sergeants with 8 to 18 deployments under their belts. Rangers who are walking around with shrapnel in their bodies, limbs missing, blown up and damaged bodies, yet they kept reenlisting and coming back for more.
I missed the West Point graduates who could have gone the Ivy League route and cut a fat hog at the New York Stock Exchange, but chose instead to serve and get their hands dirty with us. It’s a term cheapened by overuse, but the best word to describe my brothers is simply “Heroic”.
These men performed at the outer extremes of human capacity day in and day out and still do. They serve for Patriotism, for our freedoms, for pride and Honor! These men young and seasoned sacrificed everything for us, they put it all on the line in training, overseas, with no pat on the back, no parade sending them off to war, no welcome home committee waiting with fire trucks and American Flags flying.
They are usually called up in the middle of the night to respond to a crisis in the darkest and unforgiving places in the world. They are marked down as cargo on a C-17 to mask itineraries and to maintain Operational Security. And they go.
No glory, 110% committed and ready to kill and die for us.
Ranger families will awake to see daddy gone again, his pile of gear is all gone and his wife will put two and two together, she knows he will be gone for a while this time.
With tears flooding their eyes and the tightening of their throats they will have to explain to their baby that daddy is gone again for work. These men sacrifice and put everything on the line. I felt privileged and honored to just witness it.
I have an eternal pride being able to say I was involved and served with some of America’s toughest, smartest, patriotic men as an Army Ranger.
I also felt burdened by witnessing it.
There was some real suffering going on. Not just the occasional mortality of cherry and salty Rangers brothers, but also catastrophes such as the pervasive psychological blight – divorces, the estranged relationships, the constricted social lives. Being at only one birthday for a child in 8 years. This, too, was part of their sacrifice. These Rangers were and are not superhuman.
The Army recruited them from the same species as cake decorators and mail clerks. But they chose to challenge themselves, to endure unpleasantness and to assume risks that no other American had to accept. Nobody was surprised at how bad it was, how hostile or claustrophobic it got. They knew what they were getting into they had an unconditional desire to serve this Country. That made their sacrifice all the more heroic, these men volunteered three times to be a Ranger. Their patriotism was not accidental.
Thus the bond between combat veterans and especially Rangers brothers isn’t just a bond between men and women who wear the same uniform and earn the same V.A. benefits. It’s not just a sentiment toward comrades who’ve shared the same FOB overseas.
Very few will ever understand the dedication and personal sacrifices required achieving the lethality, proficiency, and professionalism required by each Ranger to maintain.
Only your colleagues, and perhaps our enemy, really know what we accomplished and what we are truly capable of.
It’s a chunk of our lives that cannot be shared, not in books, movies, or stories, you just had to be there. Rangers went from roles in an elite unit trained to kill, well-equipped, organized, and truly a well oiled deadly machine engaging in profoundly important military operations, to a (civilian) state of abandonment and isolation, divested of our mission and left to the tender mercies of a civilian job market that shared none of our sense of Honor, Pride patriotism or dedication to the trade craft.
Rangers often find their first civilian job encounters unsatisfying. Some had the insight to realize that they missed the mutual reinforcement and intimacy of their Ranger colleagues. Others attributed their dissatisfaction to second-rate civilian supervision or to mediocre co-workers that they out worked on a daily bases.
When I announced my intention to form “Red Legion-The Premier Private Security Force” comprised exclusively of Rangers and “CAG” operators, I received nearly 5000 resumes in just 3 days. It was an overwhelming response that sealed my fate with this project to the bitter end. I realized at that point that my brothers were feeling the same way I did, alone. They yearned for the brotherhood that they once called family. Red Legion Security Force is working hard to fill that void.
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