How’d You Come Up with the Name Ranger Up?
Upon returning to Fort Benning after his LT days for some additional infantry training, Nick was partying with a great group of guys that he hadn’t seen in years. One of these fine, upstanding gentlemen, who we will refer to as DannyBoy, had just returned from his first deployment to Douchebagistan, so he wasn’t one to allow anyone to besmirch the word “Ranger.”
At roughly 2300, DannyBoy decided he was going home, despite the fact that the party was nowhere close to over. He announced his intent, and as the quick silence fell over the group of friends, Nick told him to “Ranger Up.” He, of course, was left with no choice but to stay. He said we could never use that phrase again. We proceeded to use it every time he tried to bail early. We still use it today.
Note: Prior to my DannyBoy revelation, we considered calling ourselves For Army Guys By Army Guys, but decided against it because we really wanted to make shirts for the whole military, and when we replaced all the “Army” with “Military” we got FMGBMG, and that didn’t sound nearly as cool…