The 75th Ranger Regiment comprises some of the Army’s toughest, most highly trained soldiers. Army Ranger training is demanding, filled with intense physical and mental challenges. Consequently, the Army has strict prequalifications for recruits who want to become Rangers. In addition, soldiers must complete a series of training requirements before even entering the Ranger unit.
Men interested in becoming Army Rangers (women are not eligible) should talk to a recruiter about enlisting on a Ranger contract. To do so, you must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, have at least a high school diploma, be at least 18 years old and pass the Army’s physical fitness assessment. In addition, you must be eligible for a security clearance and have a score of at least 50 on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB).
Before entering Army Ranger training, a soldier must complete three other courses of training: basic, advanced and airborne.
Army basic training lasts nine weeks and is required of all recruits. Advanced training is where soldiers learn an occupational specialty. The length of training depends on the specialty. Airborne training is a three-week course.
After successful completion of airborne training, a soldier can be assigned to the 75th Ranger Regiment and begin the Rangers indoctrination, a program designed to determine a soldier’s suitability for the Rangers.
To pass the indoctrination program, a soldier must pass the Army’s physical fitness test, run five miles in less than eight minutes per mile, complete two 10-mile road marches, pass a water survival test and pass all written exams.
Airborne and Ranger training take place at Ft. Benning, Georgia.