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Graduates of this program returned to Ireland and established a new school, very similar in mission and organization to that of the US Army. Students on these courses were selected from among all ranks and all Units of the Army, the Air Corps and the Naval Service. These courses proved to be very beneficial in improving standards of physical endurance, marksmanship, individual military skills and small unit tactics. By 1980, it was decided that the skill level of the members had evolved to a degree which warranted the establishment of an official Army Ranger Wing (ARW). The missions of this unit are multiple, including long range patrolling, training of other units, VIP security, anti-hijacking, hostage rescue, and counterterrorism. These duties, specifically as they related to CT, are considered supplemental to Ireland's primary response unit, the Garda Siochana.
The whole process of selection is basically divided into three parts
phase1 fitness, and navagation
phase 2 jungle training
phase 3 combat survival
Fitness and navagation
The first part of selection is held in the mountains of South Wales, mostly in the Brecon Beacons. The wealther there can change quickly. A couple of soldiers have died there mainly due to hypothermia. This first stage is where most men don't succeed. It's more of a rejection then a selection. In four week's there is a build up to test week and the endurance march. The first two weeks for officers and three weels for non officers is a build up training period since some applicants can't read maps and can not navigate. Those who fail selection are returned to their mothern unit. After the first stage continuation training starts. Detailed relaistic training in weapons handling, demolition, small patrol tactics for over one month. The first week is mostly runs in the neighbourhood, up and down hills with a small load in the Bergen. As time goes on you gradually go farther and have heavier loads, the long drag or endurance is the ultimate test. About 60 60 KM over the mountains in less than 20 hours of time with a load in your bergen.
A very important next stage is the jungle. Six weeks in the green hell without a shower or shave. Divided in to groups of four, watched over day and night by the directing staff, every man is thorougly tested. After lesson's in navagation, jungle, and contact drills, there is a final test where all the thing's they learned they need to apply here. The actual selection starts with the standard battle fitness test, a 2.5 KM run in under 13 minutes, and the same distance in ran alone in 11.5 min.