Roster Number Five-Zero

Not for the Weak or Fainthearted

In Roster Number Five-Zero, you will bear witness to the author’s personal experiences, from beginning to end, of attending the toughest combat leadership course in the military—US Army Ranger School. You will learn of the daily hardships, challenges, and accomplishments of planning, moving, and executing combat missions at small unit levels. The time spent in this school is under the harshest conditions of terrain, weather, starvation, and sleep deprivation. Here, you will learn what the human body can truly endure.

Read the Reviews

Colonel John Schwemmer, US Army, Infantry

“Nate Aguinaga did it again. This time sharing his gripping personal accounts of his rigorous and emotional journey through one of the most mentally and physically demanding schools within the US Army. If you want a book that you won’t stop reading, this is it!”

Colonel John Schwemmer, US Army, Infantry

Nathan Aguinaga
2020-04-30T16:10:24+00:00

Colonel John Schwemmer, US Army, Infantry

“Nate Aguinaga did it again. This time sharing his gripping personal accounts of his rigorous and emotional journey through one of the most mentally and physically demanding schools within the US Army. If you want a book that you won’t stop reading, this is it!”

Sergeant Major (Retired) Marvin Gardner, US Army

“Nate has done it again. I graduated Ranger School four days before jumping into Panama in Dec ’89, and I felt like we were in the same class. As I read the book, I was thrust back in time and felt the experience all over again. I laughed, smiled and even cursed out loud. . . . Rangers Lead the Way!”

Sergeant Major (Retired) Marvin Gardner, US Army

Nathan Aguinaga
2020-04-30T16:12:19+00:00

Sergeant Major (Retired) Marvin Gardner, US Army

“Nate has done it again. I graduated Ranger School four days before jumping into Panama in Dec ’89, and I felt like we were in the same class. As I read the book, I was thrust back in time and felt the experience all over again. I laughed, smiled and even cursed out loud. . . . Rangers Lead the Way!”

Major Roberto Lainez, US Army

“Nate’s story takes you through the emotional spectrum of excitement, fear, disappointment, and finally exhilaration of becoming a US Army Ranger School graduate. Many service members volunteer, and with determination and luck, a select group earns the privilege and burden of becoming Ranger qualified.”

Major Roberto Lainez, US Army

Nathan Aguinaga
2020-04-30T16:09:53+00:00

Major Roberto Lainez, US Army

“Nate’s story takes you through the emotional spectrum of excitement, fear, disappointment, and finally exhilaration of becoming a US Army Ranger School graduate. Many service members volunteer, and with determination and luck, a select group earns the privilege and burden of becoming Ranger qualified.”

Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Jeff Robertson, US Army, Ranger Class 01-96

“A follow-up to Division, this is a must read for anyone aspiring to better understand what it takes to graduate from one of the Army’s most demanding leadership courses. In Roster Number Five-Zero, Nate provides an honest, unvarnished perspective of how Ranger School’s grueling hardships forge soldiers into the Army’s finest leaders and prepare them for the rigors of combat.”

Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Jeff Robertson, US Army, Ranger Class 01-96

Nathan Aguinaga
2020-04-30T16:11:59+00:00

Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Jeff Robertson, US Army, Ranger Class 01-96

“A follow-up to Division, this is a must read for anyone aspiring to better understand what it takes to graduate from one of the Army’s most demanding leadership courses. In Roster Number Five-Zero, Nate provides an honest, unvarnished perspective of how Ranger School’s grueling hardships forge soldiers into the Army’s finest leaders and prepare them for the rigors of combat.”

Command Sergeant Major (Retired) Jeffery Smith, US Army

“One of the most outstanding and no-nonsense books about Ranger School that I have read in the last thirty-five years since I graduated. True and down-to-earth grit about what you have to do to finish such a grueling course.”

Command Sergeant Major (Retired) Jeffery Smith, US Army

Nathan Aguinaga
2020-04-30T16:09:32+00:00

Command Sergeant Major (Retired) Jeffery Smith, US Army

“One of the most outstanding and no-nonsense books about Ranger School that I have read in the last thirty-five years since I graduated. True and down-to-earth grit about what you have to do to finish such a grueling course.”

Colonel (Retired) John Vermeesch, US Army

"I could almost taste the blueberry pancakes in the mountains, the sawdust in the combative pit, and feel the weight of my rucksack all over again!”

Colonel (Retired) John Vermeesch, US Army

Nathan Aguinaga
2020-04-30T16:06:09+00:00

Colonel (Retired) John Vermeesch, US Army

"I could almost taste the blueberry pancakes in the mountains, the sawdust in the combative pit, and feel the weight of my rucksack all over again!”

Command Sergeant Major (Retired) Michael Evans, US Army

“From the first page to the last, it was so relatable that it took me back to Ranger Class 11-93 myself. No surprise, we all had the same journey to get to graduation day, sharing the same common bonds amongst us all. No one earns ‘their’ tab! #teamwork”

Command Sergeant Major (Retired) Michael Evans, US Army

Nathan Aguinaga
2020-04-30T16:07:32+00:00

Command Sergeant Major (Retired) Michael Evans, US Army

“From the first page to the last, it was so relatable that it took me back to Ranger Class 11-93 myself. No surprise, we all had the same journey to get to graduation day, sharing the same common bonds amongst us all. No one earns ‘their’ tab! #teamwork”

Colonel (Retired) John Vermeesch, US Army

“It has been nearly twenty-eight years since I negotiated the Darby Queen, rucked the TVD, and waded the Florida swamps, but Nate’s vivid description of those events, and all that comprises Ranger School, brought back a flood of memories! I could almost taste the blueberry pancakes in the mountains, the sawdust in the combative pit, and feel the weight of my rucksack all over again! Roster Number Five-Zero is a must read for anyone who has ever wanted to know what the US Army’s premier leadership development school is really like—too easy!”

Colonel (Retired) John Vermeesch, US Army

Nathan Aguinaga
2020-04-30T16:09:12+00:00

Colonel (Retired) John Vermeesch, US Army

“It has been nearly twenty-eight years since I negotiated the Darby Queen, rucked the TVD, and waded the Florida swamps, but Nate’s vivid description of those events, and all that comprises Ranger School, brought back a flood of memories! I could almost taste the blueberry pancakes in the mountains, the sawdust in the combative pit, and feel the weight of my rucksack all over again! Roster Number Five-Zero is a must read for anyone who has ever wanted to know what the US Army’s premier leadership development school is really like—too easy!”
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Meet the Author

Nathan Aguinaga is a retired Master Sergeant who served 20 years Active Duty in the U.S. Army. He served as a Light Infantryman with additional skill identifiers as Airborne, Ranger, Jumpmaster, and Drill Sergeant. During his 20 years of service, Nathan has served three combat deployments to the Middle East which include Operation Desert Storm and two tours of duty in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Throughout his 20 years in the Army, Nathan’s permanent duty stations included Fort Lewis, Washington, Fort Jackson, South Carolina, Fort Riley, Kansas, Bowling Green State University, Ohio, three tours at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and two oversees stations in Germany and Korea.