Ranger Assessment and Selection Program or better known as RASP is an 8 week highly intensive selection course held at Fort Benning, Georgia.
RASP is designed to weed out those who do not truly have the physical or mental capabilities to serve in the 75th Ranger Regiment.
The 75th Ranger Regiment is an elite light infantry special operations force of the United States Army. The regiment is headquarters is at Fort Benning, Georgia and is composed of one special troops battalion and three special operations battalions. The regiment is the U.S. Army’s premier raid force, with specialized skills that enable them to perform a variety of special operations missions.
The RASP training curriculum was specifically designed to “smoke out” the trainees through endless punishment via constant physical training similar to SEALS BUDS Training. In the second week of RASP, the class is sent to a remote training area.
This part of the training is designed to test the ranger candidate to their breaking point, both physically and mentally; trainees sleep on average 4 hours total as they spend their nights doing tedious tasks.
Although training such as patrolling and land navigation is taught. The main focus is to mentally and physically break down the individual. For classes held in the winter; it is not uncommon for 30%-50% of the starting class to quit during the first night.