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US Army Rangers Lead The Way

Updated on June 13, 2014

Ready To Lead The Way With The Army's Elite

United States Army Rangers are elite members of the United States Army. An Army Ranger is part of the light infantry special operations division in the United States Army. He is skilled in light combat and direct action techniques. Army rangers are often the first to arrive on the battle scene, slowing down the enemy and delaying the fighting for as long as possible. Rangers direct raids against enemy territories, seizing strategic air fields or battle zones, leading groups of soldiers into combat, capturing or killing enemies, keeping vigilant watch over army bases, destroying strategic enemy establishments, conducting combat on the field, in the water and in the air, and conducting various missions in support of the United States.

The 75th Ranger Regiment

According to the Army's Ranger website, the 75th Ranger Regiment is a lethal, agile and flexible force, capable of conducting many complex, joint special operations missions. Today's Ranger Regiment is the Army's premier direct-action raid force. Each of the four geographically dispersed Ranger battalions is always combat ready, mentally and physically tough, and prepared to fight our country's adversaries. Their capabilities include conducting airborne and air assault opertions, seizing key terrain such as airfields, destroying strategic facilities, and capturing or killing enemies of the nation. Rangers are capable of conducting squad through regimental size operations and are resourced to maintain exceptional proficiency, experience and readiness. The Regiment remains an all-volunteer force with an intensive screening and selection process followed by combat-focused training. The 75th Ranger Regiment is a proud unit and a team of teams – serving the nation.

Their locations are:

lst Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.

2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Lewis, Wash.

3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Ga.

Regimental Special Troops Battalion, Fort Benning, Ga.

75th Ranger Regiment 2011 Recruitment Video

Ranger Sniper
Ranger Sniper

Ranger Creed

Recognizing that I volunteered as a Ranger, fully knowing the hazards of my chosen profession, I will always endeavor to uphold the prestige, honor, and high esprit-de-corps of my Ranger Regiment.

Acknowledging the fact that a Ranger is a more elite Soldier who arrives at the cutting edge of battle by land, sea, or air, I accept the fact that as a Ranger my country expects me to move further, faster and fight harder than any other Soldier.

Never shall I fail my comrades. I will always keep myself mentally alert, physically strong, and morally straight and I will shoulder more than my share of the task, whatever it may be, one hundred percent and then some.

Gallantly will I show the world that I am a specially selected and well-trained Soldier. My courtesy to superior officers, neatness of dress, and care of equipment shall set the example for others to follow.

Energetically will I meet the enemies of my country. I shall defeat them on the field of battle for I am better trained and will fight with all my might. Surrender is not a Ranger word. I will never leave a fallen comrade to fall into the hands of the enemy and under no circumstances will I ever embarrass my country.

Readily will I display the intestinal fortitude required to fight on to the Ranger objective and complete the mission, though I be the lone survivor.

Ranger Creed

Ranger Videos on Amazon


Rangers Lead The Way! (RLTW)

All Rangers volunteer to become members of the 75th Ranger Regiment and complete the rigorous Ranger Assessment and Selection Program, known as RASP, to join the ranks of this elite U.S. Army Special Operations Command unit.

Lower enlisted Soldiers and Sergeants attend RASP 1, an eight-week course that trains Soldiers in the basic skills and tactics required to operate in the 75th Ranger Regiment. Upon completion of this course, Rangers have the essential skills, training, and confidence to be members of the 75th Ranger Regiment.Officers, Warrant Officers and senior noncommissioned officers (Staff Sgt. through Command Sgt. Maj.) must attend RASP 2, a three-week course focused on selecting the best leadership from across the Army. All sergeants and above in the 75th Ranger Regiment must be Ranger qualified, meaning that they have successfully completed the U.S. Army Ranger School at Fort Benning, Ga., the Army's premier leadership school. Newly assigned Rangers of the 75th Ranger Regiment typically attend Ranger School after multiple combat deployments and training cycles - before they become Sergeants.


Ranger School

Ranger School is one of the toughest training courses for which a Soldier can volunteer. Army Rangers are experts in leading Soldiers on difficult missions- and to do this they need rigorous training. For over two months, Ranger students train to exhaustion, pushing the limits of their minds and bodies.

The purpose of the U.S. Army's Ranger Course is to prepare these Army volunteers - both officers and enlisted Soldiers - in combat arms related functional skills. The Rangers' primary mission is to engage in close combat and direct-fire battles.

There are three distinct phases of Ranger School that require Soldiers to make quick decisions in adverse situations these phases are called 'crawl,' 'walk' and 'run.'

Schedule of Phases

Crawl Phase

The Crawl Phase lasts 20 days. It's designed to assess and develop the necessary physical and mental skills to complete combat missions and the remainder of Ranger School successfully. If a student is not in top physical condition when he reports to the Ranger School, he will have extreme difficulty keeping up with the fast pace of Ranger training, especially the initial phase.

Walk Phase

The Walk Phase takes place in the mountains and lasts 21 days. During this phase, students receive instruction on military mountaineering tasks as well as techniques for employing squads and platoons for continuous combat patrol operations in a mountainous environment. They further develop their ability to command and control a platoon-sized patrol through planning, preparing and executing a variety of combat patrol missions.

Run Phase

The Run Phase of Ranger School continues to develop the Ranger students' combat arms functional skills. They must be capable of operating effectively under conditions of extreme mental and physical stress. This is accomplished through exercises in extended platoon-level patrol operations in a swamp environment. Run Phase training further develops the students' ability to lead small units on airborne, air assault, small boat, ship-to-shore, and dismounted combat patrol operations in a low intensity combat environment against a well-trained, sophisticated enemy.

Training at this school is not MOS dependent. It is a prerequisite for Soldiers to have completed Airborne School.

Learn more at the Ranger Training Brigade site.

US Army Ranger School - Part 1 of 9


Ranger Selection and Assessment Program

The Making of an Army Ranger

The 75th Ranger Regiment seeks highly motivated, physically fit and intelligent Soldiers to serve within its ranks. Successful Ranger candidates are self-starters who possess the dedication to be three time volunteers; first volunteering for service in the Army, volunteering for Airborne School, and volunteering by requesting assignment to the 75th Ranger Regiment.

After completion of Basic Combat Training (BCT) and Advanced Individual Training (AIT), new recruits will most likely move on to three weeks of Airborne School at Fort Benning, GA, learning how to safely conduct Airborne Operations.* Immediately following Airborne School volunteers will move to the Ranger Assessment and Selection facility, taking their final steps to becoming a U.S. Army Ranger. (*Some volunteers will only receive Airborne School after successfully completing RASP 1.)

RASP is broken down into two levels of training: RASP 1 for Junior Non-Commissioned Officers and Enlisted Soldiers (pay grades E-1 through E-5) and RASP 2 for Senior Non-Commissioned Officers, Officers and Warrant Officers. Candidates will train on physical fitness, marksmanship, small unit tactics, medical proficiency and mobility. Training is fast-paced and intense, ensuring Ranger candidates are prepared to employ their skills in both continued training and worldwide operations upon reaching their assigned Ranger unit. Throughout the course all candidates will be screened to ensure that only the best Soldiers are chosen for service in the Ranger Regiment. Regardless of the course, all candidates must meet the course requirements in order to serve in the Ranger Regiment.

Ft Benning TV Report On Training

The Tan Beret


The distinctive headgear of the 75th Ranger Regiment is the tan beret. The beret is a mark of distinction that brands the wearer as a proven warrior. The tan color is reminiscent of the leather caps worn by the original rangers of American heritage and lore.

The Ranger Tab

The Ranger Tab is a highly coveted decoration of the United States Army signifying completion of the 61-day long Ranger School course in small-unit infantry combat tactics in woodland, mountain, and swamp operations. The Ranger Tab is worn on the upper shoulder of the left sleeve of a military uniform for the remainder of a soldier's military career.

Earn the Tab! - You can do can become a Ranger!

Sgt. 1st Class Ricky Royals, left, Sgt. Marcus Emelio, center, and Sgt. Christopher McMurdy, right, proudly display their Ranger tabs.
Sgt. 1st Class Ricky Royals, left, Sgt. Marcus Emelio, center, and Sgt. Christopher McMurdy, right, proudly display their Ranger tabs.

Ready to "Ranger Up?"

Ranger tatoo coming up in 3, 2, 1, mark!
Ranger tatoo coming up in 3, 2, 1, mark!

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      7 years ago

      great tribute indeed, my little brother serves in the reserve and will be away for a year this coming May 2012. squidliked this lens indeed, take care.

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      thooghun lm 

      7 years ago

      All the way!

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      7 years ago

      A wonderful tribute! Two thumbs up.

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      7 years ago

      Thank you ... I learned a lot about the U.S. Army Rangers.

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      7 years ago

      Glory! A wonderful tribute to the US Army Rangers, thank you sir!

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      7 years ago

      A great tribute to a group of extremely brave individuals - blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 

      7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      The Army has always been my "home" in my heart since 1968. I love this lens and thank you for sharing about the Rangers. They are dynamite!


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