Last Updated on May 24, 2023
Recently updated on May 24, 2023
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.
What is the 75th Ranger Regiment?
The 75th is part of the Special Operations Command (SOCOM) and the U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC).
It is a quick-reaction unit that can be deployed anywhere in the world in less than 24 hours.
While it may be referred to as part of the Special Operations Forces in the Army, it is not the same as Special Forces.
It is the only unit that was continually deployed since the attacks on September 11, 2001.
Ranger Regiment is an all-volunteer unit. The best way to guarantee a slot to attend RASP is to get an Option 40 contract when you enlist. If it is not available, in most cases, you can volunteer during basic.
In addition to PT requirements, you must already be airborne qualified and eligible for a secret security clearance to attend RASP. Your MOS must be found in the 75th Ranger Regiment.
What is RASP?
Lower enlisted soldiers 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 30% of the initial class.
Pre-RASP Physical Fitness Standards
- 53 push-ups
- 63 sit-ups
- 2-mile run in 14:30 or less
- 4 pull-ups
- 6-mile ruck march with 35 lb rucksack in less than 90 minutes
Additional PT Requirements to Graduate
- 15-meter swim in full uniform
- 5-mile run in 40 minutes or less
- 12-mile road march with 35 lb rucksack
RASP 1 is divided into two phases of four weeks each. The first phase includes intense physical and psychological evaluations, road marches, land nav exercises, combatives, medical first responder scenarios, and Ranger history.
The second phase is where the real training for Regiment comes into play. The focus will be on combat, airfield seizure, recovery, marksmanship, and explosives.
Rangers Lead the Way & The Creed
This phrase or motto of “Rangers Lead The Way” got its start in Normandy in 1944, as Rangers are often leading the way into battle.
The Ranger Creed is near and dear to every Ranger’s heart. They live the creed every day, in and out of uniform.
The Creed contains six stanzas about character, fitness, and morality. Those who want to attend RASP will be doing themselves a favor by memorizing the Creed before training begins.
The Scroll vs. The Tab
As with RIP, graduates of RASP (Ranger Assessment and Selection Program) will be awarded the Ranger scroll (black and red). Those with the scroll will be assigned to a Ranger Battalion within the 75th Ranger Regiment.
Ranger School is open to those in and outside of Regiment. Upon graduation from Ranger School, the soldier will be awarded the black and gold tab. Those who came from a Ranger unit to attend the school, will return to their Ranger BN. Those who came from a different unit will return to their unit.
Ranger School and/or earning the Ranger tab is not a way to enter the Ranger Regiment. Those who serve in Regiment are required to attend and pass Ranger School to hold a leadership position in Battalion. But a tab is not a requirement to be a Ranger in Regiment.
The saying is, “The tab is a school; the scroll is a way of life.”
In the past, RIP/RASP 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 may 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.
RASP is held at Fort Moore (formerly known as Fort Benning). During graduation from RASP, the Ranger will be awarded the red and black scroll as well as their tan beret. Family members are welcome and encouraged to pin the scroll on their soldiers.
There are five battalions under the 75th Ranger Regiment, headquartered at Fort Moore in Columbus, GA.
- 1st Battalion, Hunter Army Airfield, Savannah, GA
- 2nd Battalion, Fort Lewis/McChord, Tacoma, WA
- 3rd Battalion, Fort Moore (formerly known as Fort Benning), Columbus, GA
- Special Troops Batallion
- Military Intelligence Battalion
Ranger Family Life
My husband served in Ranger BN in the early 2000s. It is absolutely like a family and we still miss it. It’s hard to explain the closeness to anyone who hasn’t experienced it.
One thing you can be assured of is Rangers will deploy. My husband was assigned to BN for about a month before he left on his first deployment. When my husband deployed, we never had any issues with communication. He was able to call often, though that won’t always necessarily be the case.
When they weren’t deployed or training for a deployment, I felt like they were pretty generous with time off and shorter days. When they were on post, the day-to-day was similar to any other job. We could meet up for lunch and he was home for dinner most nights. Outside of training or someone doing something stupid, weekends were also off.
If you’re interested in learning more about RASP as well as the Ranger Regiment in general, check out their YouTube channel.
Has your soldier attended RASP? What is his opinion of the program?