How to Become a US Army Ranger

The US Army Rangers are part of special operations in the Army. While some men can be Ranger qualified by graduating from Ranger school, the ones who are Rangers follow a much longer path.

Those who are Ranger qualified wear the black and gold tab while those who are Rangers wear the red and black scroll.

The tab is a school; the scroll is a way of life.

Only the few wear the 75th Ranger Regiment Insignia

In order to become an Army Ranger, recruits need to secure an option 40 contract during the enlistment process. While it is possible to volunteer during basic training, it is not always an option for every recruit.

Recruits will attend AIT (Advanced Individual Training), potential Rangers will attend three weeks of airborne school where five jumps, includes one night jump that must be completed in order to graduate.

Next is RASP (Ranger Assessment and Selection Process). This is a relatively new selection process that began in January 2010. It has been expanded to eight weeks from the old RIP (Ranger Indoctrination Program) that was four weeks.

The graduation rate from RASP hovers around 20% – 30%. The top graduates from the program will go directly to Ranger School, which is another nine weeks of training before being assigned to a battalion.

Qualifications Required:

In order to qualify for service in the 75th Ranger Regiment, you must:

  • Possess U.S. citizenship
  • Volunteer for assignment and be on active duty
  • Have a General Technical Score of 105 or higher
  • Pass physical requirements, including the Ranger Fitness Test (58 push-ups, 69 sit-ups, five-mile run in 40
  • minutes or less, six pull-ups), the Water Survival Assessment, and a 12-mile march with a 35-pound rucksack and weapon in less than three hours.
  • Qualify and volunteer for airborne training
  • Have no pending UCMJ action or drug or alcohol related incidents within 24 months
  • Enlist into or currently hold a Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) found in the 75th Ranger Regiment
  • Be able to attain at minimum a secret clearance

Army Officer applicants must:

  • Be an Officer of grade O-1 through O-4
  • Qualify for a Top Secret Security Clearance
  • Meet Year Group specific criteria
  • Hold an officer Military Occupational Specialty found in the 75th Ranger Regiment

11B NCOs (SSG and above) with long-range surveillance experience are encouraged to inquire about opportunities within the Regimental Reconnaissance Company.

Source: Go Army Ranger

Tips To Survive Ranger School – Get That Tab!!!

The United States Army Rangers are designated U.S. Army Ranger units, past or present, or are graduates of the U.S. Army Ranger School. The term ranger has been in use unofficially in a military context since the early 17th century. The first military company officially commissioned as rangers were English soldiers fighting in King Philip’s War (1676) and from there the term came into common official use in the French and Indian Wars. There have been American military companies officially called Rangers since the American Revolution.

The 75th Ranger Regiment is an elite airborne light infantry combat formation within the United States Army Special Operations Command (USASOC). The six battalions of the modern Rangers have been deployed in wars in Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq, and saw action in several conflicts, such as those in Panama and Grenada. The Ranger Regiment traces its lineage to three of six battalions raised in World War II, and to the 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional)—known as “Merrill’s Marauders”, and then reflagged as the 475th Infantry, then later as the 75th Infantry.

Wikipedia: United States Army Ranger

Potential rangers are tested for height and water phobias Photo: Public Domain

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