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The American Rangers have a long and epic history of fearlessness and heroic leadership. As many tales and official accounts have shown, their past is a chronicle of men who have possessed consistently superior combat skills. By specializing in regimental-scale squad coordination, Rangers have the ability to pull off both small and large operations making use of infiltration methods such as airborne, air assault and ground platforms. Upholding and promoting all that the U.S. Army Rangers stand for is the proud responsibility of the United States Army Ranger Association (USARA).
The past of the Rangers is a long and exciting one; a history of elite fighters second-to-none.
Many people believe that the history of the US Ranger began in the 1750’s with a man named Robert Rogers, but units were already being deployed as “Rangers”, using classic Ranger combat tactics, on the American Frontier as far back as 1670. It was the Rangers of Captain Benjamin Church who were directly responsible for a victorious outcome during the Indian conflict “King Phillip’s War” in 1675.
The Ranger tradition grew to a level not previously seen before through the recruitment and management of Major Robert Rogers in the French and Indian War (1754-1763). Major Rogers , who was a charismatic native of New Hampshire, officially organized the Rangers in 1756 during the French and Indian War by recruiting the Rangers and persuading them to join the British forces in battle. Although special techniques and operating methods have always been defining features of the Rangers, Major Rogers published 28 common sense rules and standing orders emphasising operational preparedness, security, and tactics, and was the first to take advantage of the Rangers’ skill and integrate them into a permanent and unified combat force.
In 1942, the U.S. Rangers emerged from Carrick Fergus, England, consisting of volunteers gathered from American Army Units stationed in Northern Island. Initially trained and inducted in Sunnylands Camp in Carrick Fergus in June 1942, the U.S. Army Rangers eventually departed from English soil to lead Allied invasions all around the world, changing the very course of history.
Operation after operation and all over the world, the U.S. Army Rangers have performed with the highest distinction in action. Their numerous regimental honors bear witness to some of the locations and battles in which they have performed with distinction as well as died as true patriots.
A Ranger possesses the heart, spirit and soul of a bona fide warrior. Expected to perform tasks many others simply cannot, Rangers will accomplish incredible feats most can only wish for or dream of.
Recognizing that I volunteered as a Ranger, fully knowing the hazards of my chosen profession. I will always endeavor to uphold the prestige, honor and high ‘esprit de corps’ of my Ranger Regiment.
Acknowledging the fact that a Ranger is a more elite soldier who arrives at the cutting edge of battle by land, sea or air. I accept the fact that as a Ranger, my country expects me to move farther, faster and fight harder than any other soldier.
Never shall I fail my fellow Rangers. I will always keep myself mentally alert, physically strong and morally straight. I will shoulder more than my share of any task, whatever it may be. I will always give 100% and then some.
Gallantly I will show the world that I am a specially selected and well trained soldier. My courtesy to superior officers, neatness of dress and care for my equipment shall set an example for others to follow.
Energetically I will meet the enemies of my country. I shall defeat them on the field of battle for I am a better trained and more motivated soldier who will fight with all my might. Surrender is not a Ranger word. I will never leave a fallen comrade to fall in the hands of the enemy and under no circumstances will I ever embarrass my country.
Readily display the intestinal fortitude required to fight on to the Ranger objective and complete the mission, even if I am the lone survivor.
RANGERS LEAD THE WAY
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