About this Manual


…I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all. Thousands of little kids, and nobody’s around—nobody big, I mean—except me. And I’m standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff—I mean if they’re running and they don’t look where they’re going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. That’s all I’d do all day. I’d just be the catcher in the rye and all. I know it’s crazy. But that’s the only thing I’d really like to be.”

J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

About The Manual

As used in this manual, the words “must” and “must not” indicate a required course of action, one in which Rangers have no discretion. In contrast, the words “should” and “should not” indicate a recommendation rather than an absolute requirement. In such cases there may exist valid reasons in particular circumstances to choose a different course of action, and Rangers are expected to use their best judgment in determining what to do.

The photographs in this document are used with permission of the original photographer. Rangers who are not pictured are noted by the citation “NP” after their name. Any questions or concerns about any of the photographs used in this manual should be directed to Ranger Fortress, [email protected]

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Edited by Rangers: Fortress, Roslyn, and Saturn

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