Importance of Peer Evaluation in Ranger School

SUMMARY: Ranger School relies on three peer evaluations at various points during the course that asks each member two questions about their peers; would you go to combat with this person; would you share a foxhole with this person?”

According to commander of the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade Colonel David G. Fivecoat, “The way we see those two questions is, with the foxhole, ‘Are you more annoying and I can’t stand to be next to you all the time,’ [and the] going-to-war one is more competency and ‘Do I trust you to go to combat with you?’ That is the bigger one.” Approximately 4% of Ranger students fail peer evaluations.If a solider fails a peer evaluation in the first phase of Ranger School, the battalion commander determines whether they should go forward, and if allowed they are switched to a different platoon or company.

SOURCE: Chuck Williams, May 4 2015, ‘Peer evaluations can mean success, failure in Ranger School,’ Military.com, http://www.military.com/daily-news/2015/05/04/peer-evaluations-can-mean-success-failure-in-ranger-school.html

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