The Coveted Black And Gold

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For more than 200 years, U.S. Army Rangers have earned their unrivaled reputation as the world's premier warriors with bravery, blood, and sacrifice. Being a Ranger is a function of attitude and a state of mind, as well as a matter of skills and training, and it is the mission of the U.S. Army Ranger School to meld and to fortify these attributes. Ranger School is a journey that must be taken one day at a time...and each day of that journey is captured in this book. It is the cumulative effect of each of those ...
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Overview

For more than 200 years, U.S. Army Rangers have earned their unrivaled reputation as the world's premier warriors with bravery, blood, and sacrifice. Being a Ranger is a function of attitude and a state of mind, as well as a matter of skills and training, and it is the mission of the U.S. Army Ranger School to meld and to fortify these attributes. Ranger School is a journey that must be taken one day at a time...and each day of that journey is captured in this book. It is the cumulative effect of each of those days, the arduous work, the deprivation, the misery, that leads to what is ultimately called "the Ranger School experience."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587363689
  • Publisher: Wheatmark
  • Publication date: 10/10/2004
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 244
  • Sales rank: 660,200
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

John Lock is a 1982 graduate and former Assistant Professor of the United States Military Academy at West Point who retired from active duty as a Lieutenant Colonel in May 2002. He enlisted in the Army as a private in 1974 and served as a Non-Commissioned Officer until 1978. His commissioned assignments included the 1st Armored Division, West Germany, the 82d Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C., Deputy Commander New York District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Deputy/Acting Chief Engineer Stabilization Forces (SFOR), Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina.

His military and civilian education includes the Engineer Officer Basic Course, the Infantry Officer Advanced Course, the Combined Arms Services Staff School, the Command and General Staff College, and a Master of Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). His decorations include the Ranger Tab, Master Parachutists Wings, and the Legion of Merit.

He is the author of To Fight With Intrepidity: The Complete History of the U.S. Army Rangers, 1622 to Present (1st ed.), published by Simon & Schuster/Pocket Books, 1998 and republished by Fenestra Books (2nd ed), 2001, and the soon to be published A Legacy of Valor: The Heroic Exploits of the United States Army Rangers.

In addition to ongoing writing projects including novels and screenplays, Lock also works in support of architectural development and modeling and simulation for Current Force and the Army's transformation to the Future Force. His website is http://johndlock.com

He can be contacted at JDLock82@aol.com

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2007

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    After having Read his other works on the history of the U.S.Rangers, I found myself compelled to read 'ret' LTC, John D Lock's 'The Coveted Black and Gold' a personal daily narrative into his own experiences in Ranger School. [the real no BULL story] Just a great book!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2001

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    For more than two hundred years, U.S. Army Rangers have earned their unrivaled reputation as the world¿s premier warriors with bravery, blood, and sacrifice. They are among the most elite, if not the most elite, combat soldiers in the world. Being a Ranger is a function of attitude and a state of mind, as well as a matter of skills and training, and it is the mission of the US Army Ranger School to bring all of these attributes together. To begin with, one has to be an excellent soldier to attend this course. Just being physically tough does not do it. One must be mentally tough, also. The physical demands, unrelenting pressure, psychological stress, minimal food and rest will either break the Ranger student and make him quit or forge a significantly more confident and capable combat leader. The Ranger School course of instruction is a handshake with reality, a rite of passage. It is a fraternity initiation¿an initiation into a highly select band of warriors within the profession of arms that only a select few will attempt to join¿with even fewer meeting the standard for inclusion. It will build and mold soldiers¿tough, resolute soldiers who will be hard physically and even harder psychologically. It will never graduate a large percentage of those who attempt the challenge, for the course is too long and too hard for all but the most tenacious and resolute. THE COVETED BLACK AND GOLD chronicles...with pictures...the Ranger School experience of a United States Military Academy cadet during Ranger Class 10-80. In June of 1980, a total of sixty-one cadets from West Point Class of 1982 entered this Ranger class. On 31 July, only thirty-nine of those sixty-one Ranger candidates graduated¿a passing rate of 64%. Little has been written about the course itself, much less the actual day-to-day experiences of a Ranger student. From that perspective, alone, THE COVETED BLACK AND GOLD is exceptionally unique, for it is the only book or record of the daily struggle and challenge of one of the world¿s toughest military training schools. Ranger School is a journey that must be taken one day at a time. Though the timing for some of the events may have changed over the past number of years, the experiences themselves have not. It is the cumulative effect of each of those days, the arduous work, the deprivation, the misery, that lead to what is ultimately called the Ranger School experience. Ranger School is a structured series of events that earns one the right and privilege to be awarded the Ranger Tab, to be worn with pride on the left shoulder of a soldier¿s uniform. To those seeking to understand what Ranger School and being a Ranger are all about, I hope this work will assist you to some degree. For those who are graduates and who already proudly wear the `Coveted Black and Gold,¿ these entries may help clear the haze that has hindered your ability to recall many of your own Ranger School experiences, thus bringing to mind a number of forgotten stories and anecdotes. For many of you, you will only need to change the names and the dates to read your own similar story. For those who desire to attend and earn the `Coveted Black and Gold,¿ I hope this chronicle vicariously provides you with a view of what it will take to earn that precious strip of colored cloth.

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