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RASP: Ranger Assessment and Selection Program

In January 2010, RASP replaced the old RIP (Ranger Indoctrination Program). This selection process is necessary for all soldiers who wish to serve in a Ranger battalion. Where RIP was four weeks, RASP is now eight weeks long. Lower enlisted soldier will attend RASP 1 whereas higher enlisted and officers will attend RASP 2. The training is just as difficult and has been extended so instructors have more evaluation time for soldiers wishing to become Army Rangers. The graduation rate for the course remains low at 20-30% of the initial class.

As with RIP, graduates of RASP (Ranger Assessment and Selection Program) will be awarded the Ranger scroll (black and red).

In the past, graduates would be assigned to a Ranger battalion and generally endure at least one or two deployments before being eligible for Ranger School. With RASP, the top graduates of the program will go directly to Ranger School (including Pre-Ranger) before being assigned to Ranger BN. All of this training prepares Rangers for being able to take on a leadership position as soon as they arrive at BN. It will also lead to less privates who are serving within Regiment.

Differences between RASP and RIP:

  • Eight weeks long
  • Top graduates go directly to Ranger School

Has your soldier attended RASP? What was his opinion of the program?

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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  • Desiree' September 1, 2011, 10:36 am

    I’m a little confused about the whole ranger thing… My husband is at ait right now and he volunteered to become ranger along with 3 other guys. He has yet to get his orders but almost everyone else has gotten them… What does this mean??? Is he going to ranger school/training??? If so would it be right after ait???

    • Stacey October 11, 2011, 9:16 pm

      He will have to go to Airborne first before going to RASP.

      • aJ October 20, 2011, 5:17 am

        For future Airborne, my video might help. I made it for a fellow w.a.g. but so far I’ve received pm’s telling me how helpful it’s been.

        http://youtu.be/K1GLIDos6hQ

        thanks, again, Stacey

  • Pace November 6, 2011, 4:23 am

    If your husband is in AIT and volunteered for Ranger training, it means he’s volunteered for Ranger Regiment. Units send soldiers to Ranger School, individuals can elect to put in a 4187 to go to RASP for a shot at assignment to the 75th Ranger Regiment. The scheduling of Airborne school varies. There were initial enlistees that were going Basic->AIT->Airborne->RASP then quitting upon arrival at RASP. Due to the large amount of individuals quitting and wasting an Airborne School slot, they rescheduled Airborne training at one point. Not sure if this is still the case, when I went through it was OSUT(Infantry)->Airborne->RIP->Graduate RIP->Ranger Battalion.

    • Stacey November 6, 2011, 3:11 pm

      My husband went through the same cycle you did of OSUT(Infantry)->Airborne->RIP->Graduate RIP->Ranger Battalion.

    • Denzel May 9, 2012, 10:24 pm

      Hello, I hope to become a Ranger, I want to know what is the best way to prepare for RASP/RIP. What should I expect….I just bought a workout book from Stew Smith…thanks

      • Stacey May 10, 2012, 8:28 pm

        Go to armyranger.com and READ the forums. Don’t comment, ask questions, etc until you have read just about every page there. From my husband – it’s MUCH more about your mental preparedness than it is about your physical ability. Tell yourself every day that you can quit tomorrow and then Ranger on.

  • Jennifer July 5, 2012, 2:18 am

    My husband has Airborne and RASP in his contract. I am curious if during either school he will have weekends or nights off, or phone privileges? He wants me to move if he does so we can be closer together. He was told that when he enters RASP our move should be covered by the army. Is this true and if I move a bit earlier can the move be reimbursed? Oh and how long is holding before RASP?

    • Stacey July 14, 2012, 1:25 pm

      When my husband went through Airborne and RIP (8 years ago), I spoke to him a few times a week at night with the exception of Cole Range during RIP. Even if it’s not as much as you would like, it will be a vast improvement over basic training. They used to get weekends off during Airborne – not sure if that is still the case. RASP hold can vary based on all kinds of things – impossible to predict. As far as moving, the Army will pay for all PCS moves. You can’t move with the Army paying until he has orders in hand.

    • aJ July 16, 2012, 11:20 pm

      “On hold” time before Airborne or RASP varies on when the next class starts or how many are needed prior to a class. The first 3 weeks, aka Phase 1, is much like RIP; so, don’t expect him to contact you. Just like with every weekend in training, as long as no one royally messes it up for the rest, they ought to have phone privileges and even nigths/weekends off, possibly during Phase 2. Phones are returned on Phase 2. As Stacey mentioned, it’s unpredictable… My advice is to go along with what your husband is told. I don’t even recommend writing letters because of the hold/delay. Hope this helps.

  • Krysta July 11, 2012, 10:50 am

    My husband is going to Airborne then he is going to RASP (from what I gather is the general way of doing things with rangers being in his contract) now if he is not “top of the class” and does NOT go immediately to Ranger school, and gets put into one of the battalions, then at those battalions, will he have a way of contacting me VIA cell phone, will I get to see him? We have gotten mixed information from his 1SG and from his recruiters (his recruiters actually went through RIP). His 1SG says we will not get any contact etc,. His recruiters said that because we are married, that we will get to see each other and I could technically move to wherever he is stationed, in that current ranger battalion. I have read through much of the forums and the faq on the Armyranger.com site, and I am not seeing answers to these questions. I would have posted on the website, however the forum went down for maintenance, and hasn’t come back up apparently. If you could let me know what will and will not be allowed… that would be most helpful.

    • Stacey July 14, 2012, 1:12 pm

      There’s no reason why you can’t have contact with him via phone or in person once he makes it to BN. They have a pretty strict training schedule and of course, deploy often, but outside of that, you can talk to him and see him when you want.

  • Pace July 17, 2012, 9:27 am

    Your husband will be on Temporary TDY orders during his stay at Pre-RASP/RASP, with no accompanyment. Provided he graduates, he’ll be assigned at one of the Battalions and at that point will have PCS orders to either Hunter Army Airfield, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, or Ft. Benning. With PCS orders in-hand he’ll be able to get the Army to move you wherever he is stationed. Expect a bit of a delay for various reasons… depending on if there’s post housing (better to get post housing and then do the move than run into the no-housing and family is there problem) as well as what operational tempo says… if he’s getting to a Batt that’s getting ready to go overseas shortly, he may (and rightly so) decide depending on how your roots are where you are, that you’d be better off staying where home is right now.

  • jackson November 27, 2013, 10:45 pm

    Cake walk. Go. Don’t ask anyone if you’re “ready” the is no being ready, just go. People who haven’t been can’t tell you anything about what it takes. Don’t be the 80% of guys who quit before even showing up.

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