In order to join the 75th Ranger Regiment, you don't have to go to US Army Ranger School. Below is what you have to do to join the regiment.
Ranger Assessment and Selection Program (RASP)
All candidates learn basic Ranger skills through this program. For new soldiers, RASP takes place after AIT or your basic MOS course. Most candidates will attend Airborne School before completing RASP. For other soldiers, after completing a tour of duty and meeting the recruiting qualifications, a RASP date is set after acceptance to the program. Junior NCOs and Enlisted soldiers attend RASP1 and Senior NCOs, Officers, and Warrant Officers attend RASP2. Soldiers are assigned to the 75th Ranger Regiment upon completing RASP's program of instruction and receive their tan berets and 75th Ranger Regiment Scroll.
- RASP1 - An 8 week selection course consisting of two phases. Candidates learn the basics of being in an elite force and are tested on their mental and physical capabilities. Phase 1 focuses on critical events and skill level 1 tasks. Phase 2 focuses on training in marksmanship, breaching, mobility, and physical fitness.
- RASP2 - Candidates have their physical and mental capabilities tested while learning special tactics, techniques, and procedures. These candidates also receive leadership training on how best to lead and develop young Rangers to be the future regimental leaders.
Requirements to graduate from RASP includes:
- 80% on each APFT event, at least 240 overall, and ability to complete 6 chin-ups.
- Run 5 miles in less than 40 minutes.
- Complete 12-mile footmarch in 3 hours or less with a 35lb rucksack
- Complete the Ranger Swim Ability Evaluation (RSAE) with ease
- Pass a complete psychological screening by the Regimental Psychiatrist
- RASP1 candidates must be able to receive a SECRET clearance (RASP2 candidates must have SECRET clearance before attending)
- All RASP2 candidates must pass the Commander's Board. Only select RASP1 candidates have to undergo this step and those individuals are chosen by peer evaluations, cadre assessment, and overall performance.
Ranger First Responder (RFR)
Class is taught to all RASP students and continues after soldiers have been assigned to their Ranger battalion. Whether a medical professional or not, all Rangers are taught critical first aid and advanced combat lifesaver procedures to ensure all are capable of treating and saving lives.
Ranger Language Program (RLP)
Rangers learn basic knowledge of dialects used in the areas where the regiment is currently operating. Those that show a strong language aptitude are invited to attend further language training at other US Army language programs.
These next two schools are highly recommended for those soldiers interesting in advancing to leadership positions within the 75th Ranger Regiment, but are not currently required for membership in the unit.
US Army Ranger School
Teaches the fundamentals of small unit leadership and patrolling. It is the most physically and mentally demanding leadership school offered by the US Army. Attendance isn't necessary for assignment to the 75th, but it is fundamental if you wish to be placed in higher positions of responsibility and to earn the US Army Ranger tab.
US Army and Joint Service Schools
Depending on specialty of the soldier, Rangers may also attend Jumpmaster, Sniper, Pathfinder, Military Freefall, Scuba, SERE, and other schools.