Everything you need to know to become an Army Ranger

Two women made history Wednesday, becoming the first to complete the Army’s Ranger School. The women, and 94 other students, endured the school's grueling conditions that simulate a combat environment.

If you're inspired and up for the challenge, here's what you need to know about obtaining the coveted Ranger tab:

Ranger School prerequisites

To be considered for Ranger School, candidates must meet the requirements of the following physical fitness test:

• 49 push-ups in two minutes

• 59 sit-ups in two minutes

• six pull-ups 

• two-mile run in 15 minutes, 20 seconds

• five-mile run in 40 minutes

• 16-mile hike carrying a 65-pound pack in five hours, 20 minutes

• 15-meter swim with gear (pass or fail)

Candidates who are admitted to Ranger School must then complete three phases: Fort Benning, Mountain and Florida.

Fort Benning, part one

Students must meet the requirements of the following physical fitness test:

• 80 push-ups in two minutes

• 80 sit-ups in two minutes

• 12 pull-ups

• two-mile run in 12 minutes

• five-mile run in 35 minutes

• 16-mile hike carrying a 65-pound pack

• 15-meter swim with gear (pass or fail)

Fort Benning, part two

Students will undertake obstacle courses and full gear marches that include:

• ambush and reconnaissance patrols

• close-quarters combat

• airborne operations

• air assault operations

• cadre and student-led tactical patrol operations


For 20 days, students will operate in small units while in a rugged, mountainous environment, often with two meals or less a day.


Students will undertake field exercises in jungle and swamp environments, focusing on patrolling and leadership skills.

To learn more about becoming an Army ranger, click here.

Source: Military.com

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