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Rangers: Who they are and what do they do?

The Ranger Regiment is the United States’ premier light infantry fighting force, specializing in raids and assault missions deep inside enemy territory. There are three pillars that make up the Ranger mission: special operations raids, forcible entry operations, and special reconnaissance. 
Rangers are role model Soldiers mentally, morally, and physically. They make sound judgments, and they never quit, though their bodies may tell them to. Rangers demonstrate discipline both on and off duty, and their regimental standards are enduring.

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Special operations raids are designed to seize, destroy or capture enemy facilities or material.
Rangers are trained and equipped to deliver maximum surprise and shock.

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Joint forcible entry has been a traditional element of Ranger operations since the modern regiment was permanently established in 1974.
Joint forcible entry includes airfield seizures, which were key missions in Operation Urgent Fury in Grenada, Operation Just Cause in Panama, as well as in the initial invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Intelligence gathering deep into enemy held territory has led to success in many Ranger operations.
It continues to be a hallmark of Ranger missions and a critical part of training.

The Ranger Creed serves as the guiding principles for Rangers to use in their every day life.


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.

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