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?