Preparing for Ranger School | How to Get Ready for Ranger School Before You Go

Preparing for Ranger School | How to Get Ready for Ranger School Before You Go

Ranger School is a monster of a course. It may seem difficult, but one of the best things you can do is to prepare yourself well before you attend while you still have a full belly and warm bed. There are a lot of different competencies to focus on while preparing, but an easy win is to begin learning and memorizing some of the more "academic" topics you'll learn at Ranger School. 

The Army Flashcards Ranger School / Best Ranger Competition Flashcards set will help you do exactly that...

“I woke up in my foxhole in a cold sweat. I had a nightmare that I was still in Ranger School. Thank God that I was only in Vietnam. Compared to Ranger School, combat was easy.”

~ Colonel Robert A. “Tex” Turner

Benjamin Franklin once said, "By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail."

Ol’ Ben wasn’t talking about Ranger School when he made this famous statement, yet experienced Rangers will recognize the wisdom of his words because they understand that good preparation can mean the difference between an excellent outcome and the worst outcome.

Through the experience of my ongoing military career including a 12 month combat deployment to Afghanistan, I quickly realized that there is no individual that can prevent the worst outcome while facing a ruthless enemy….

My name is Zack Willey and I’m the course director for military science for the West Point Junior class. Every day, I’m in a unique position to talk to our nation's upper-tier military units and hear many stories of the high and low points of their military training.

One of the challenges many of we face in our military education is finding the right tools to help us excel in some of the most physically and mentally demanding courses the Army has to offer.

While our nation’s military education and training may be the best in the world, most veterans can relate when I say it’s difficult to remember what we learned and even more difficult to apply it.

What’s worse is that in some schools, like Ranger School, the odds are stacked against us from the get-go….

According to, only about 1 out of 4 RANGER applicants meet the Ranger School graduation requirements.

That's a hard pill to swallow…

As I considered the difficulties we face as leaders in the Army, I asked myself, what’s one way to summarize a body of knowledge and to help us be better prepared for difficult schools?



It’s 100 FLASHCARDS of the most essential Ranger School terms and concepts covering every chapter of the Ranger Handbook, TC 3-21.76.

I’ve pulled out all of the fluff to help you save time by Mastering Ranger School before you attend!

Want to stand out and boost your career? Use the Ranger School Flashcards to Study for the Best Ranger Competition!

Want to know why flashcards have been a preferred study method for hundreds of years?

Because they friggin’ work!

When you look at the front side of a flashcard and think of the answer, you are engaging a mental faculty known as active recall.

Active Recall means you are attempting to remember the concept from scratch rather than simply staring at the passage in your Ranger Handbook or recognizing it on a multiple choice quiz.

Active recall has been proven to create stronger neuron connections for that memory trace.

And because flashcards can so easily facilitate repetition, they are the best way to create multiple memory-enhancing recall events.

If that's not convincing enough, just listen to what our users have to say:

These flashcards are awesome!
Cory Millery on May 09, 2017
They have the graphics and information contained within the Ranger Handbook in easy to read/study cards. I put a few in my pocket and when I have some spare time I take them out and quiz myself as I prepare for Ranger School. I would definitely recommend investing in these flash cards for someone who wants to increase their tactical knowledge or study for Ranger School!

Easily stashed in your ruck for the field
Luke Colson on Apr 21, 2018.

These army flash cards are on point, they are not too big, not to small, easily stashed in your ruck for the field for If there is down time. Perfect for someone wanting a refresher on basic soldiering and or preparing to go to Ranger School. I even used them a little to study for my board, while staying out in the field. Great buy!

Great Review/Prep Tool
David Frost on Feb 19, 2019.

We purchased this set as a gift to a future Ranger School student/Infantry 2LT. A graduate of Ranger School myself, I believe these cards are an excellent prep for anyone who endeavors to earn their tab. Supplementing the actual handbook, these cards can help focus preparation and ease some of the anxiety that comes from the skills portion of the course. Would recommend to any young soldier/officer preparing for the school.

Army Flashcards are Guaranteed.

You have 8 weeks to decide that you’re happy with them…so you have more than enough time to see if the flashcards work for you.

The flashcard sets are also backed by our manufacturer 30 day replacement guarantee.  If you encounter any issues with your flashcards, please contact me directly for a Guaranteed Replacement.

Now, for those of you who still aren’t sure, please consider the following…

A study done during Vietnam, which purported to show that companies and platoons commanded or led by Ranger School graduates on average suffered half the casualties, and inflicted twice the casualties on the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army, as units under non-Rangers.

Even if this study is only partly true, there is no denying that Ranger School is one of the Army's elite school, which only wants to graduate the best and finest of Soldiers.

But you know what, it's okay if you don't want to go to Ranger School...

Like my daddy used to say, "The world needs privates, too, son.”

Beat the odds of graduating from Ranger School. Good luck!


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