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    Advertisements I'm even more confused. Could someone explain to me the difference between RASP and Ranger school???

    I understand you aren't a REAL Ranger unless you ARE in or WERE in the 75th Ranger Regiment because that is the only Ranger regiment. I get that.
    So, RASP is a school to get into the Ranger Regiment??? Orrrr....what?
    One day my husband says he's going to Ranger school, and then the next day he refers to it as RASP.
    Do enlighten me, please.
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    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.

    Requirements to successfully complete RASP are as follows:
    Minimum score of 240 on the APFT (80 percent in each event) and ability to complete 6 chin-ups.
    Must complete 5-mile run in 40 minutes or less.
    Must complete 12-mile footmarch in 3 hours or less with a 35lb rucksack.
    Must successfully complete the Ranger Swim Ability Evaluation (RSAE) while displaying confidence in the water.
    Must conduct full psychological screening with no major psychological profiles identified by the Regimental Psychologist.
    RASP 1 candidates must pass security screening with the ability to be able to receive a SECRET clearance. RASP 2 candidates must have a minimum of an Interim SECRET clearance prior to attending the course.
    Must pass the Commander's Board. For RASP 1 candidates this event is for select individuals based on peer evaluations, cadre assessment, and overall performance. The Commander’s Board is a requirement for all RASP 2 candidates.
    RASP 1 candidates must successfully complete the RASP 1 Program of Instruction (POI) in order to serve in the 75th Ranger Regiment.
    RASP 1 is an 8 week selection course broken down into two phases. Ranger candidates will learn the basics of what it takes to become a member of an elite fighting force. Candidates are tested on their mental and physical capabilities, while learning the advanced skills all Rangers are required to know to start their career with the 75th Ranger Regiment. Phase 1 focuses more on the critical events and skill level 1 tasks and Phase 2 focuses on training in Marksmanship, Breaching, Mobility, and Physical Fitness.

    RASP 2 is a selection course for Senior Non-Commissioned Officers, Officers, and Warrant Officers. Candidates are tested on their physical and mental capabilities while learning the special tactics, techniques and procedures that set the Regiment apart, and learning the expectations of leading and developing young Rangers to be the Regimental leadership of tomorrow.

    Upon successful completion of RASP, candidates will don the tan beret and 75th Ranger Regiment Scroll, knowing that they are a U.S. Army Ranger, and a member of one of the finest and most distinguished Army units in the world.
    RASP 1 & 2 |

    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.'


    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.

    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.

    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.


    There are no related civilian jobs with this type of training, but you will gain confidence, leadership skills and a sense of pride.
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