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Frequently asked questions

YOUR QUESTIONS ABOUT SERVING

Here are some of the most frequent questions we answer about serving in the Ranger Regiment.

What is the difference between the 75th Ranger Regiment and Ranger School?

The 75th Ranger Regiment is a special operations unit with the mission to plan and conduct joint special military operations in support of national policies and objectives. The Regiment is the Army’s largest special operations force. All members of the 75th Ranger Regiment have passed RASP 1, RASP 2 or both.
 
Ranger School is the Army's premier leadership school, and is open to all members of the military, regardless of whether they have served in the 75th Ranger Regiment or completed RASP.
 
The 75th Ranger Regiment requires that its leaders attend the U.S. Army Ranger School, but it is not a pre-requisite to join the Ranger Regiment, or participate in RASP. All infantry and artillery military occupational specialties (MOS) must complete the course before they assume a leadership role in the regiment. Ranger Regiment Soldiers in other MOS may attend Ranger School when they are ready.
 

Do I need the Ranger tab in order to join the 75th Ranger Regiment?

No, you may join the Ranger Regiment without being Ranger or Airborne qualified. However, some officers are required to be Ranger qualified before they are eligible to apply to the Ranger Regiment. This requirement applies to Infantry and Field Artillery Officers. 
 
Upon successful completion of the Ranger Assessment & Selection Program (RASP) 1 or 2, we will send you to the appropriate schools in order to serve in the Ranger Regiment. For some duty positions, you will not serve in the regiment until you successfully complete Ranger School. If you are unable to complete the course, you may be dropped from the regiment and sent to serve elsewhere. Obviously, if you have your Ranger tab before you apply, it will only expedite your ability to serve in the regiment.
 
Ranger School is the Army's premier leadership school, and is open to all members of the military, regardless of whether they have served in the 75th Ranger Regiment or completed RASP.
 
The 75th Ranger Regiment requires that its leaders attend the U.S. Army Ranger School, but it is not a pre-requisite to join the Ranger Regiment, or participate in RASP. All infantry and artillery military occupational specialties (MOS) must complete the course before they assume a leadership role in the regiment. Ranger Regiment Soldiers in other MOS may attend Ranger School when they are ready.
 

What are the basic requirements to join the 75th Ranger Regiment? What are the physical requirements?

In order to join the Ranger Regiment, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Volunteer for assignment and be on active duty
  • Have a General Technical (GT) Score of 105 or higher  
  • You must qualify and volunteer for Airborne training.
 
Physical requirements:
  • Pass the Ranger Fitness Test (58 push-ups, 69 sit-ups, five-mile run in 40 minutes or less, six pull-ups)
  • Pass the Water Survival Assessment
  • Complete a 12-mile march with a 35-pound rucksack and weapon in less than three hours.
  • You must not have physical limitations (PULHES of 111221 or better).
 
In addition:
  • You must enlist into or currently hold a Military Occupational Specialty found in the 75th Ranger Regiment
  • You must be able to attain a Secret clearance
  • You must not have pending UCMJ action or drug or alcohol related incidence within the last 24 months
 
If you are already in the Army and want to join the Ranger Regiment, please send a copy of your Enlisted Record Brief (ERB) to 75recruit@socom.mil. We will review it and ensure you are eligible. If eligible, we will send you a copy of the appropriate packet to apply for the Regiment.
 
If you are not currently in the Army, contact your local recruiter and request an Option 40 contract. He or she will contact you to discuss any details.
 

How much do Army Rangers make?

To learn more about Army Ranger pay refer to the Army pay chart.


What ASVAB score is required to qualify for the Army Rangers?

To qualify for the Army Rangers a General Technical (GT) score of 105 is required.


MY RECRUITER TOLD ME THERE ARE NO OPTION 40 CONTRACTS AVAILABLE. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

Currently, there are 150 Option 40 contracts available each month for Infantrymen. Other MOS generally provide 10 contracts or fewer. Unfortunately, the contracts for the year are typically filled within the first few months they are released. If you have a strong desire to join the Ranger Regiment, you may need to wait until new contracts are available. Start your planning process 12-18 months before you are available to join the Army.
 
The United States Army Recruiting Command (USAREC) provides contracts each fiscal year based on the Army's strength. Once USAREC meets its mission in an MOS, there are no more contracts available for that fiscal year. USAREC adds more contracts roughly 18 months from the report date.
 
If you do not receive an Option 40 contract, you can either wait for new contracts to become available or attempt to volunteer for Ranger service during your Basic Combat Training (BCT), One Station Unit Training (OSUT), Advance Individual Training (AIT), or while attending Airborne School. The only guaranteed route to the Regiment is with an Option 40 contract. All other routes are not guaranteed.
 

Can I join the Regiment from the National Guard, Army Reserve, or another service?

In order to join the Ranger Regiment, you must be currently serving on United States Army active duty status.
 
We are unable to directly recruit National Guard, Active Guard Reserve or Reserve Soldiers. You must first enlist active duty and serve with a conventional unit for at least six months. You may then contact the Regimental Recruiting Detachment (REC-D) at 75recruit@socom.mil. Military service members in the Green to Gold program must also take this route.
 

I submitted my packet to join the Rangers but I have not received any feedback. When will I get orders?

Please contact the Recruiting Detachment to verify that your packet is complete and submitted to Human Resources Command (HRC).
 
If you are enlisted, once your packet is submitted, expect 6-8 weeks before receiving orders. Please allow that amount of time before you contact us with issues.
 
If you are an officer, please contact the Regimental Assistant S1 at 706-545-0575 to determine when you are slotted to attend RASP 2.
 

How do I Re-enlist to come to the Ranger Regiment?

Tell your career counselor that you wish to re-enlist under Option 5 (CONUS Station of Choice) to join the 75th Ranger Regiment. Under Ranger Data, 1/75 – Hunter Army Airfield, 2/75 – Fort Lewis, 3/75, RSTB, RMIB, RHQ – Fort Benning.
 
If you are unable to complete training or fail Airborne School or RASP, then you will still report to your selected installation. You will be able to re apply for the Ranger Regiment in six months.
 

My Chain of Command will not sign the 4187 or support my move to the Ranger Regiment. What do I do?

The Regiment requests the support from the chain of command. We need their support to bring you to the Ranger Regiment. 
 
If they do not want to support your desires, we can discuss it with your chain of command in an effort to bring you to the Ranger Regiment. Please contact the recruiting detachment by phone or email and provide us with the names phone numbers of your company commander and first sergeant.
 

Can I bring my family with me to Airborne or RASP?

Do not bring your family with you to Airborne School or RASP. The duration of training and your final destination is not guaranteed.

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