75th Ranger Regiment

About the 75th Ranger Regiment

The United State Army 75th Ranger Regiment (Airborne, also known as Rangers, is a special operations light infantry unit of the United States Army. The regiment is composed of one special troops platoon and one light infantry platoon with specialized skills that enable them to perform a variety of special operations missions. These include airborne, air assault, and direct action operations, raids, infiltration and exfiltration by air, land or sea in addition to airfield seizure, recovery of personnel and special equipment, and support of general forces. Each of the regiment’s platoons rotates as the “Ranger Ready Force.”

Entry Requirements

Soldiers wishing to enter the selection process that leads to membership in the 75th Ranger Regiment must be qualified in their Military Occupational Specialty and be Airborne qualified. Recruits who enter the Army with Ranger contracts attend four training events which consist of Basic Combat Training (BCT), followed by One Station Unit Training (OSUT). Upon Completion of OSUT, prospective Rangers attend Airborne School. Once Basic Airborne Courses are completed, recruits advance to Ranger Assessment and Selection Programs (RASPs).

Completion

Upon graduation of RASPs, the new Rangers will be assigned to one of the two Ranger Platoons, the 75th Light Infantry Platoon, or the Ranger Special Troops Platoon, where they are now authorized to wear the Ranger tan beret and the Ranger scroll of their parent unit.

Failure

Soldiers who showed the ability to possess the necessary skills, but not obtain the level of Ranger qualification will be sent to a three day pre-Ranger course, known as Small Unit Ranger Tactics (SURT) at their platoon’s discretion. However, this does not always apply.

Continued Training

Throughout their time in the 75th Ranger Regiment, Rangers may attend many types of special schools and training. These schools include:

  • Military Free-Fall
  • Combat Diver Qualification Course
  • Survival, Evasion, Resistance, & Escape (SERE)
  • First Responder/Combat Lifesaver
  • Combat Medic Course
  • Mountain Warfare School

Rangers are also trained in “do-it-yourself” emergency medicine. Based on the premise that 90% of deaths from wounds are suffered before reaching medical facilities and that there are not enough medics and doctors to go around, the Rangers are trained to give themselves immediate, preliminary treatment.

RFS

Being a USASOC unit, the Rangers maintain more stringent standards for their personnel. If at any point a Ranger is deemed by his superiors to be failing to meet these standards, he may be relieved and removed from the unit. This is commonly referred to as being RFSed, short for “Released For Standards.” A Ranger can be RFSed virtually for any reason, ranging from lack of motivation to disciplinary problems.