It takes a person with special character to become a Ranger. One needs to exhibit above average courage, character, self-motivation, and resilience in the face of adversity. In addition to that, you must fit the following criteria:
- Males only
- US citizen
- Active Duty and volunteer for Rangers
- General Technical score on ASVAB of 105 or higher and an APFT score of 240 or above (80% on each event)
- No physical limitations (PULHES of 111221 or better)
- Qualify and volunteer for Airborne training
- No pending UCMJ action or drug/alcohol-related incidents in the past year
- Be in or transfer to a MOS found in the 75th Ranger Regiment
- Capable of obtaining SECRET clearance
US Army Officers also have the following requirements:
- Grade O-1 through O-4
- Qualify for TOP SECRET clearance
- Meet branch qualifying and Year Group specific criteria
It is possible to have any problems with the above qualifications waivered, but that is dependent upon the ruling of the Commander of the 75th.
If you are just now joining the US Army, you will need to specifically request an Option 40 Ranger contract when you contact your recruiter. Currently, the 75th has 150 Option 40 contracts issued each month for Infantrymen. Other MOSs only have a maximum of 10 contracts each month. It is strongly recommended that you start pursuing your interest in joining the Rangers 12-18 months before you are actually available for service to improve your chances of obtaining a contract.
NCOs with Long-Range Surveillance experience are encouraged to request information about service in the Regimental Reconnaissance Company (RRC). The RRC provides worldwide assistance to the 75th and other Special Operations units of the US Army.