Forty Ranger students and four Ranger instructors were taken to the hospital Wednesday after they were hit by lightning during training. The students were learning lightning protection protocols at the time of the incident.
All 44 of them had returned to duty by Thursday evening, officials said.
The Army initially reported nine students and two instructors remained hospitalized Thursday afternoon for observation. Their injuries were not life-threatening.
This could have been much worse.
Historically, swamp phase is the most dangerous phase of Ranger school. One suspects that’s partly due to the environment, and partly due to the sheer exhaustion the students are operating under. Remember, fatigue is cumulative, and some students have been on reduced rations for almost three months now.
No, the two women remaining were not involved.