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Definition/Scope: The original Ranger training started at Fort Benning during the Korean War in Sep 0f 1950. The first individual candidates graduated on 01 Mar 1952. Rangers may conduct military operations independently or in concert with conventional forces or other Special Operations and interagency forces. Rangers can also operate as infantry when conventional infantry, airborne, or air assault units are unsuited or unable to perform a specific mission. Ranger DA operations are normally deep-penetration raids or interdiction operations against targets of strategic or operational significance. During low-intensity conflicts, Ranger DA operations may be conducted within the operational environment of conventional or coalition units with close coordination. Typical DA missions for Rangers include forced-entry operations, airfield seizures, and the capture or destruction of targets. Rangers are a rapidly deployable airborne light infantry organized and trained to conduct highly complex operations with or in support of other SO units of all Services. The Ranger creed is as follows: 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 the Rangers. 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 further, faster, and fight harder than any other soldier. Never shall I fail my comrades. I will always keep myself mentally alert, physically strong, and morally straight and I will shoulder more than my share of the task whatever it may be, one hundred percent and then some. Gallantly will I show the world that I am a specially selected and well trained soldier. My courtesy to superior officers, neatness of dress, and care of equipment shall set the example for others to follow. Energetically will I meet the enemies of my country. I shall defeat them on the field of battle for I am better trained and will fight with all my might. Surrender is not a Ranger word. I will never leave a fallen comrade to fall into the hands of the enemy and under no circumstances will I ever embarrass my country. Readily will I display the intestinal fortitude required to fight on to the Ranger objective and complete the mission, though I be the lone survivor.

Broader Terms:

Fort Benning
US Special Operations Command, Combatant Command, Functional

Narrower Terms:

75th Ranger Regiment

Related Terms:

Basic Officer Leader Course III
Fast Rope Infiltration/Exfiltration System
John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School
long range surveillance units
special operations

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