Lightning Strikes 44 Soldiers and Instructors at Army Ranger School

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Lightning Strikes 44 Soldiers and Instructors at Army Ranger School | Military.com


Forty students and four Ranger instructors in the swamp phase of Ranger School were struck by lightning Wednesday afternoon.

All 44 were evacuated to a local hospital, but many were discharged, according to a press release from Fort Benning, Georgia, home of the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade. Eleven soldiers remained hospitalized Thursday evening, according to a news report.

“At the time of the incident, they were conducting lightning-protection protocols when lightning struck nearby,” the release states.

This is the same class that includes two female candidates who are participating in the third and final phase of Ranger School at Camp Rudder at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.

All of the lightning-strike victims were males. The group was in day seven of the 10-day training cycle during the so-called “swamp phase.”

"The Ranger students and instructors reacted and got everyone proper medical care quickly," Col. David Fivecoat, commander of the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade, said in the release.

"Ranger students and instructors are tough; 31 students will return to training tonight and continue with increased medical monitoring as they try to earn their Ranger tab,” he added.
 
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I'm glad they are OK. It would be depressing if some of this young and brave soldiers died because of a lightning and not in the battlefield serving their country but I guess it is one of those risks we don't even mention until it happens.
 
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Glad to see nobody got mortally wounded. Hopefully everyone will earn their right to graduate.

It's ironic that they would be conducting lightning-protection protocols and then they actually got struck by lightning. I guess they need to be taught better. Obviously it didn't work.
 
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They must have really pissed someone off. I actually come really close to believing in a "higher power" when things like this happens.
 

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