Our military learns from the best.

become this year Members of the 7th Jagger Brigade from the army in US Army Ranger School Complete one of the most demanding military training courses in the world – and pass on their new knowledge in Austria.

49 push-ups and 59 sit-ups in two minutes each and 5 miles (about eight kilometers) in 40 minutes, ending with six pull-ups: exact requirements for the first part of the Ranger Fitness Test “Absolute minimum – 80 push-ups and sit-ups, Which is less than 35 minutes time for eight kilometers and 12 to 15 pull-ups expected.The program also includes a ten-kilometre orientation walk under the keywords “cliff bear”, “celestige” and “clothing swim”, which can be completed in no more than Four hours, half at night, plus twelve.-mile (19,3 kilometres) with 25 kilograms of baggage, to be mastered in a maximum of three hours.

The Entrance Test for the Training Path to the U.S. Army Rangers School is a selective test. On average, less than 50 percent of the servants and men who volunteered and presented to Fort Benning in excellent physical condition cleared this first hurdle. Located southwest of Columbus, Georgia, at a US Army base, Ranger candidates now face one of the toughest and most demanding military training courses in the world. This fall, four members of the Seventh Jägerbrigade of the Austrian Armed Forces, including the Jägerbataillon 25, the only airborne force in the Austrian armed forces, will be initially.

A tough test of body and mind

The future guards have 61 days of intense physical exertion, sleep and food deprivation in front of them. With zero to five hours of sleep per day and significantly less food, a total walk of 350 km should be achieved with 25 kg of luggage. Physical and mental fitness will be of paramount importance as both will play a major role in Rangers’ future travels. Rangers often have to perform tasks independently and over a period of days, whether in alpine terrain, on water or in urban areas. This requires a higher level of stamina compared to regular units.


Ranger training experience at Fort Benning in the United States supports the seventh Jägerbrigade in successful cooperation with Jagdkommando, the Army’s proven Special Forces.(c) Maximilian Rosenberger

Their training and testing is a consistent part of training at the US Army’s Ranger School, which is divided into three phases. At the same time, the latest fighting techniques and light infantry tactics are taught, as well as the application of these technologies in alpine, urban and coastal areas.

Check into the Army Sports Center

In order to prepare for the missions at Fort Benning, the four Austrian soldiers completed physical and mental preparation in cooperation with the Army Sports Center. The state of health and fitness was examined and analyzed by sports scientists and trainers at the Army Sports Center with a large number of exercises. In order to be able to work towards the entrance examination in a targeted manner, each soldier also received an individually tailored training program at the end of the preparatory week.

The role of the “seventh”

According to Commander Brigadier General Horst Hofer, there is good reason for members of the 7th Jägerbrigade to complete the Supreme Guard training this year: “This is capable of planning and leading the deployment of combined forces in all types of operations. As the only brigade with organized airborne and airlift capabilities, it is rapidly deployable and has Specialized capabilities in working with the Air Force, but also in local protection against non-traditional enemies who destabilize regimes with economic or ideological goals.

The 7th Jägerbrigade Brigade is also deployed in cooperation with Jagdkommando, Austrian Army Special Forces, and as a light infantry brigade, it is one of the major players, not least in overseas operations.

know-how of the army

“Jägerbrigade’s seventh mission as a knowledge hub in the military is also important,” Hofer stresses. It ensures training of recruits, militiamen, and cadre of candidates, and increased training of cadres. US-trained full rangers will therefore be able to contribute their new knowledge in many areas of the armed forces in order to further enhance the skills of the infantry as part of national defense.

The goal is to familiarize the soldiers of the VII with current, national and international requirements in the best possible way. “Learning from the best pays off,” says the leader. “First-class international training not only requires maximum commitment from our soldiers. It also enhances the operational capability of our army and thus Austria’s security.”

7th Günter Brigade

OPS stands for ‘attack’, ‘accuracy’ and ‘quick’ and is a trademark of how soldiers of the Austrian Armed Forces’ 7th Jägerbrigade Division carry out their missions. The unit, established in 1956 as the Seventh Mountain Brigade, is today the only “light” brigade in the army that is used both abroad and indoors to protect the population.

Through their special skills—such as operational management in built-up areas or airlifting soldiers into areas where other forces of the Federal Army cannot reach—the Light Brigade can respond optimally to current and future threats. It allows the strategic military management level to increase the options for action.

The 7th Jaeger Brigade includes the 12th Jaeger Battalion at Amstetten, the 18th Jaeger Battalion at St. Michael, the 25th Jaeger Battalion at Klagenfurt, the 1st Engineer Battalion at Villach, the 7th Reconnaissance and Artillery Battalion at Feldbach and the 7th Staff Battalion at Klagenfurt, Bleiberg and Graz. The seventh commander of the Jägerbrigade is Brigadier General Horst Hofer.

US Army School

American Rangers traditionally refer to ranger companies that were formed from early settlers in the United States to use the terrain to fight Indians and French forces. Today’s 75th Ranger Regiment was formed in 1974 and has become the only permanent Ranger unit since then. The US Army after the command of the Special Forces (Airborne) represents the largest part of the Special Forces of the United States Army in terms of number. The regiment is a purely volunteer force. The unit’s motto is “sua sponte” (Latin meaning “on their own”), the unofficial crowd cry “Rangers lead the way!”

Anyone wishing to become a Ranger in the US Army undergoes one of the toughest military training courses in the world, where soldiers (the first Rangers have been around since 2015) and soldiers can volunteer. Army Rangers are expert in commanding tough missions and are ready for the combat weapons career spread in the Ranger course. The emphasis is on the development of individual combat skills on the one hand and on the other hand the education of leadership skills for planning and carrying out infantry operations, airborne operations, air operations, amphibious operations, and operations in the platoon force.

The course lasts 61 days and is divided into three phases: “Benning” (focus: physical stamina, mental toughness, tactical basics), and “mountain” (lessons for students on military mountaineering assignments, mobility training and platoon use techniques for continued patrols). combat in a mountainous environment) and “Florida” (focus: combat use, operations on water).

Graduates return to their units after training to pass on these skills.

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