Life in the Rangers was austere. In fact, it was downright severe. If there were two ways of accomplishing a given task, we always took the hard way. We never took shortcuts and we never spared any effort. We spent at least three weeks of every month in the field, and deployed on extended training to the Arctic, the desert, and the jungle, three times a year. We were also subject to two “no-notice” exercises annually and participated in major Army or NATO programs every year.