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BEING A RANGER

Day-to-day life

Regular life as a member of the Ranger Regiment is unique. At any moment, you will be expected to be ready to go on a mission, or “on the range”. 

LIFE DEPLOYED

Day-to-day life as a deployed Soldier is faster-paced for a Ranger than that of a conventional Army unit or other special operation Soldiers. While deployments may vary, Ranger units typically undertake a higher frequency of missions. As a Special Operations unit, these missions are more sensitive and take higher priority.

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LIFE ON BASE

The Rangers are stationed in one of three bases in the United States: Fort Benning, Hunter Army Airfield, and Joint Base Lewis McChord. Each Ranger battalion has the ability to deploy with 18-hours notice. For that reason, Ranger units must have an intense focus on physical fitness (PT).
 
Rangers must also undergo individualized training, which can include shooting on the range, parachute jumps, or medical training. They must take part in platoon evaluations and battle drills that test critical Ranger skills.
 
Aside from the demanding training schedule, day-to-day life in the Ranger Regiment is similar to any typical Army unit. Rangers receive 30-days of leave per year, training holidays, federal holidays and long weekends. They are also able to attend military and civilian schools that compliment their military occupational specialties.

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YOUR FAMILY

The Rangers have one of the best Family Readiness Groups in the Army. Families of spouses are invited to attend many unit functions and they receive routine updates from the chain of command regarding deployments and training exercises.
 
While the pace of life in the regiment is faster than that of most conventional units, the leadership understands that balance and predictability are important qualities of family life. No one can predict Ranger deployment, but family members will receive up to date information about deployment and training timelines whenever possible.
 
Ranger families have access to dedicated doctors for care. They also have access to special Ranger facilities and enjoy a wide range of special regimental family activities and events.
 
Professional civilian family readiness advisors work full-time at each regimental unit to ensure families have the skills and support they need to be prepared for challenges of deployment. Dedicated Ranger chaplains are always available to provide counseling. Ranger spouses are often surprised to find that the friendships they develop with other Ranger families form lifelong bonds.

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