The Army Ranger requirements are extremely tough because the Army Rangers are considered one of the best military companies in the world. The Army Rangers are an elite team trained to deploy and take part in Special Ops assignments. They are often assigned a specific target in a high conflict zone.
- Recruit & Assign. You can walk into an Army recruiter office and tell them you want to recruited in for the Army Rangers force. This ensures you get into the Airborned School and assigned to the 75th Ranger Requirement. This is the only way you will be able to attend the Ranger Indoctorination Program (RIP). You still need to pass all other qualifications to become an actual active Army Ranger.
- Basic Qualifications. The basic qualifications are the same as any other branch of the military. You need to be at least eighteen years of age and a US citizen or permanent resident alien. If you're younger than eighteen you can join the Delayed Entry Program with a parent's permission. Though you cannot be put into service, you will be able to start the testing process and get through that before you turn eighteen.
- Testing. There are a variety of tests to become an Army Ranger. Written testing includes the ASVAB AFQT in which you must score a 50 or higher. You will also need to score a 100 or higher on the General Technical testing. This is the most competitive test and can set the path in which you'll go in your military career. You will need to pass the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT).
- Security Clearance. Because the Army Rangers are in a different classification than most soldiers, you will need to be able to pass the Secret Level Security Clearance. This will come from a deep background, lifestyle and character check. You can expect all areas of your life to be examined.
- Army Ranger Specific Requirements. Once you pass the above testing, there are more testing and daily requirements to become and stay an Army Ranger. These tests are physical for the most part. These tests are done over a nine week Boot Camp period. They are divided into specific weeks including: Ground Week, Tower Week and Jump Week.
- Ranger Indoctorination Program (RIP). Once you get through Boot Camp and are assigned to the 75th Ranger Regimen, you will start the RIP program. This is a four week program that continues your intensive training. This training includes daily physical training, map reading, APF, airborne operation, Ranger history test, Ranger standards, five mile run, knots, day and night land navigation, combatives, combat water survival test, DCC card, fast rope training, combat lifesaver certification and six, eight and ten mile road marches. Once you've been through the RIP training you must pass APFT with a 60 percent in the seventeen to 21 age group. You must also complete a five mile run with a pace of less than eight minute miles. You must score at least 70 percent on all written tests.
- Ranger School. Once you pass RIP, you are officially a Ranger. You will be assigned to a Ranger unit and accepted into Ranger School. Ranger School consists of three different phases called crawl phase, mountain phase and the swamp phase.
If you believe you have what it takes to pass all the Army Ranger requirements, contact your local recruiting office and start on the journey of a lifetime.