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Ranger School, An Army Leadership School

Ranger School is a nine week course with three phases. Soldiers holding rank of E-4 and above are eligible to volunteer. Those from one of the three Ranger BNs can attend as an E-3. Those soldiers who require medication or surveillance or who have been deemed nondeployable are not eligible to attend. Students are not required to be Airborne qualified, however, it is recommended.

Prerequisites for Ranger School include passing the Ranger APFT. This requires 49 push-ups (2 minutes or less), 59 sit-ups (2 minutes or less), 5 mile run in under 40 minutes and 6 pull-ups. The soldier must also pass a CWST (Combat Water Survival Test).

Ranger Student Information

Communication during Ranger School is very limited. This link provides an address where you can write to your soldier during each phase. Your will most likely only hear from him between phases or if he is recycled or dropped.

When those who came from a Ranger BN graduate from Ranger School, they will return to their Ranger unit. Those who came from a non-Ranger unit, will return to their respective units upon graduation. Entry into a Ranger BN is completely separate and requires the soldier to pass RIP (Ranger Indoctrination Program) or ROP (Ranger Orientation Program).

Upon graduation, Ranger School graduates have earned the right to wear the black and gold Ranger Tab. Graduates from Ranger School are referred to as Ranger Qualified. Rangers wear the black and red scroll of their battalion as well as the Ranger tab after earning it. The saying is β€œThe tab is a school; the scroll is a way of life.”

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About the author: Stacey is an Army wife of a soldier who joined in 2003. He has since been medically retired but she continues to provide information to Army wives and families to make their adjustment to the Army lifestyle easier. Connect with Stacey: Facebook Twitter Pinterest

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  • Courtney July 19, 2011, 7:06 pm

    The link provided to send mail to the soldiers while at Ranger school doesn’t work on my computer. My fiance is leaving for Ranger School soon and I want to hopefully be able send him some letters for motivation.

    • angela October 5, 2011, 8:39 pm

      I think my boyfriend was in the same class as your fiance. They started July 25th. He shouldve graduated the end of Sept but I haven’t heard anything so I’m guessing he got recycled. Did you happen to find the address to write to him and know if he received them? Thanks so much!

  • Hillary September 13, 2011, 6:42 pm


    Do you have anymore information on just Ranger life. My husband is a Ranger and I would just love to learn more about this “lifestyle”. Also, he is currently in Ranger School and would love to make contact. Just looking for anything more specific to Ranger Wives.

    Thank you

    • Stacey October 11, 2011, 9:14 pm

      Is he going to be serving in a Ranger BN or just going for the Ranger tab?

  • Stephanie May 30, 2012, 11:34 pm

    Hi Stacey,

    I happened upon your page as I was looking for addresses for the different phases of Ranger School. My son is currently a Ranger with the 1/75th and will be attending Ranger School in a few weeks (he’s leaving for SURT in a few days). The links provided above no longer work and I was hoping that I may get those addresses from you through email, if possible. Thank you for your consideration!

    • Stacey May 31, 2012, 9:37 pm

      Hey, thanks for letting me know about the links. I’ve updated them now and you can find the mailing address for each phase. My husband was 1/75 too! πŸ™‚ RLTW!

  • Stephanie June 1, 2012, 10:43 am

    Thank you for updating the links! I did find the addresses on the Ranger page but do appreciate your attention. My husband was also in the 1/75 (’80-’85) and now our son is in the 1/75th! RLTW!

  • Alexandria June 25, 2012, 3:14 pm

    I was wondering if you could provide more information on the army life/ranger life. My boyfriend is going into Ranger School just out of college… I’m a Forensic Chemistry major and this is kind of a field I’m not very “knowledgeable” in. And even though 75% of my family has been in some branch of the military, I would be very grateful if you could help me out on understanding what it’s like?
    Thank you for your time.

    • Stacey June 29, 2012, 8:59 pm

      If he’s going to Ranger School only, he will be Ranger qualified but not a Ranger so his experience after school will be similar to other soldiers in “big Army” units. Ask away, I’ll try to answer.

  • Gabby August 29, 2012, 5:14 pm


    Thank God I found this page wondering around on google cuz I have to many questions lol. Well my boyfriend is from special forces and just started pre ranger the 24/8/12 and I havent heard anything from him is it good news not to hear from them? Does that means they are passing? I’m really worried of how’s he doing and if he’s ok. I will like to wright but Im waiting for his first letter. Will I get one soon? How often can they wright? How many letter are you allowed to send? And how many letters can they send? When do they give them the letters? Can they call in the change of faces? Well that’s about it lol I guess I just miss him a lot :/ thanks in advance πŸ™‚

  • Brooke April 30, 2013, 6:47 pm

    Hello there,
    My husband is about to graduate OSUT and has been talking with his DS about a ranger contract. His PT score is good enough but his DS still hasn’t given him a contract. My husband said he will try more when we get to our PCS. Any idea why he hasn’t been offered the contract yet? Or do you have any information about getting the contract after getting to the PCS?
    Any help is much appreciated! Thank you!

    • Stacey April 30, 2013, 7:38 pm

      Ranger contract after he gets to his first duty station is going to be much harder to get. He needs to push for it at OSUT. Is he going to airborne school?

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