Paying for College
Army ROTC scholarships and tuition assistance programs provide financial assistance for the education and training of highly qualified and motivated young men and women who desire to be commissioned as officers in the United States Army.
If you have questions about scholarships or tuition assistance, contact the Scholarships and Enrollment Officer, Mark Blumenthal, at 906.227.2236 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information for Current Cadets
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What You'll Do at NMU
Participate in weekly labs led by upperclassman of the ROTC program and take part in leadership development exercises. Start every morning with physical training to meet physical fitness requirements. Maybe you’ll also join the Ranger Club, designed to give cadets extra training in patrolling, physical fitness and advanced military tactics. What’s certain is that you’ll leave Northern with a wealth of skills to be flexible and successful in whatever you choose to do.
Information for Current Cadets
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OML SCORING GUIDE
The Order of Merit List Model is used as a standardized scoring guide for cadets across the nation to determine eligibility for scholarships, additional summer training, and accession into Active Duty. Please review this slide to see how the point system is organized.
Information on officer careers and specialties can be found on blackboard and at this link.
Please follow this link to learn more about the additional civilian-sponsored scholarships available to contracted cadets.
NMU & MARQUETTE ATTRACTIONS
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Information for Future Cadets
Download our NMU Army ROTC Electronic Brochure to learn more about the program and all of the different opportunities ROTC has to offer.
New to the Marquette area? Take a look at our Visitor Guide for a list of fun and cool things to do and see around campus.
PREPARE FOR THE APFT
Download our Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) brochure to learn more about the test itself, how it is graded, and how students can prepare for their first APFT.
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CC FORM 104-R
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Cadet Spotlight: Steele
The Other Side of the World
When I was a kid I would pretend that I would dig a hole to China and climb the Great Wall. This May the Army ROTC gave the chance to live my dream of going to China. Through the Cultural Understanding Language Program, I was sent to China with 21 other cadets from all over the country. Our assignment was to gain a better understanding of other people’s cultures and to become more aware of the world outside of the United States to build us as leaders.
We spent 3 weeks in the city of Xi’an in the Shaanxi Providence. Xi’an is one of the oldest cities in China and is one of the four great capitals of imperial China. The Zhou, Qin, Han, the Sui, and Tang dynasties all held their capitals in this city. Xi’an has over 3,100 years of history and is the home to the Terra-cotta warriors and the beginning of the Silk Road.
I didn’t know what to expect of arriving in China, I never studied much about the culture and the traditions and to be honest I didn’t even like Chinese food. But I was more than willing to go and experience the country, their traditions, customs and work with the people; and even give the food a chance.
Working with the locals of Xi’an was one of my favorite parts of my trip to the other side of the world. They were so friendly and more than willing to teach me new words in Chinese and take pictures with me. I spent a majority of my time working with the 6 years olds of one of the kindergartens in the area. Most of the children’s English was already very good so my partner and I taught them games and songs, such as Old McDonald, the Itsy Bitsy Spider, and the Hokey Pokey. We also taught them how to tell time and how to count, add and subtract.
Another one of my favorite parts of Xi’an was hanging out with the students of the Universities. We would all go to dinner together, dances classes, play badminton and soccer, and go shopping. I learned that even though the culture I grew up in and the culture the Chinese students grew up in were very different, all teenagers are very much a like. We all love to be with friends, watch movies or listen to music, play sports and for most part gossip. I found that even though the rules in the Universities in China might be stricter, with a no TV policy in the dorm rooms and a longer day of classes, the students are no different than the students of Northern Michigan.
The thing I loved most about the city of Xi’an, was that there was always something to do and see. The Wild Goose Pagoda and City Center were where we spent most of our time outside of teaching. The Wild Goose Pagoda is a ancient holy place for Buddhist monks and at night people from all over the city gather to eat, hang out together, and sing and dance together. Old men draw calligraphy with water on the ground, and all the kids like to play in the fountain water show on hot muggy nights. You get this great sense of community when you visit this place. The City Center or the Ancient city of the T’ang Dynasty where the T’ang used to rule still has the City wall which is 40 feet high and 40 feet wide, it takes 3 hours to walk around the entire wall. With in the wall is where all the great shopping places are.
This trip to China has really opened my eyes to the cultures around us and it also made me become more appreciative of the things that I have here in America. I love the fact that on the other side of the world, when it comes down to it people are just people and though we all have different cultures and different views, we are all alike in some ways.
LTC Kip Taylor
September 26, 2009 marked a day in which LTC Kip Taylor was honored for his great accomplishments and dedication to the United States Army. LTC Taylor was killed during 9/11 at the Pentagon. His career began as a Northern Michigan ROTC cadet, which in 1985 was ended with his commissioning into the Adjutant General Corps. Age the age of 38, he was killed. By this point in his life he had earned the Legion of Merit Award and the Purple Heart.
Cadets, friends, family, and band members, who included MAJ Rambo, head of the military science department, President of NMU, Dr. Wong, and Congressman Bart Stupak were just a few of the people in attendance of this ceremony. In honor of his extraordinary service, a plaque inscribed with his name was added to NMU’s veteran rock. Speeches made by 2LT Kelly, MAJ Rambo, President Wong, and Reverend Martindale highlighted the life of this remarkable man and the impact he made on the people around him. The ceremony also included the unveiling of the rock by Kay Taylor, his mother, as well as MAJ Rambo and President Wong presenting a wreath in front of the monument.
This ceremony was followed by a BBQ and picnic at the American Legion of Marquette, to celebrate NMU’s ROTC 40th Anniversary. Alumni, current members, and members from Ironwood’s JROTC were invited to join in on the fun. Food, games, and photo opportunities were all available for everyone to take part in. The picnic preceded to NMU’s Homecoming activities which included the parade and football game. Current cadets marched in the parade and also were involved in the pre-game presenting of the flags. The entire day ended with an outstanding win by the NMU football team.
Summer Schools and Internships
Summer Schools and Internships
Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency Program
The Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency (CULP) program gives cadets the opportunity to travel to another country for three weeks and become immersed in its military and civilian culture. There are three different types of CULP missions, including humanitarian services, military-to-miltary contact and educational excursions. Cadets from our program have traveled to Togo, Vietnam, Guyana, Chile, Tanzania and many more.
Airborne School is a unique experience requiring special dedication and a desire to be challenged mentally and physically. This three-week course, also known as Basic Airborne Training, teaches soldiers and cadets the techniques involved in parachuting from airplanes and landing safely. The course qualifies them to wear the Airborne Badge. The final test includes five non-assisted jumps. This is a volunteer school and all basic necessities, transportation and equipment are provided by the U.S. Army.
For more information on Airborne School, click here.
Air Assault School
Air Assault School is a 10 ½ day course that teaches Air Assault techniques and procedures, and qualifies soldiers to wear the Air Assault Badge. The course consists of helicopter characteristics and capabilities, helicopter rigging and sling loading, and helicopter rappelling and fast-roping. The successful completion of Air Assault school qualifies them to wear the Air Assault Wings.
For more information on Air Assault School, click here.
Cadet Troop Leader Training
Cadet Troop Leader Training (CTLT) is a three to four week long program where cadets are assigned to Active Duty units within the United States or abroad. Cadets shadow and work alongside other officers, serving as platoon leaders to a group of soldiers. Most times, cadets are sent to units within their desired Military Occupation Specialty (MOS) so that they can gain a better understanding of their job duties after graduation and prior to their first assignment. For example, one of our cadets was assigned to an Infantry unit down in Fort Benning, GA where he was planning operations alongside one of the unit's platoon leaders for three weeks.
Mountain Warfare School
The purpose of Mountain Warfare School is to train soldiers in the specialized skills required for operating in mountainous terrain, under all climatic conditions, day and night. These courses teach soldiers how to use adverse terrain and weather conditions to their advantage as a combat multiplier. This aids in preserving the unit strength and combat power to achieve mission success. The ultimate objective is to teach mobility. Students also learn mountain climbing and rescue techniques.
For more information on Mountain Warfare School, click here.
Northern Warfare School
Arctic, sub-arctic, and mountain environments are brutally unforgiving to the unprepared. Units that have successfully fought in these environments have historically been those with special individual skills, are physically and mentally tough, and have extensive experience and expertise operating in harsh conditions. The mission is to provide relevant training to the leaders of USARAK units so that they can fight and win in demanding cold weather and mountain environments.
There are a number of other internships and summer schools available for eligible cadets. These opportunities are geared more specifically to individual Military Occupation Specialties and provide cadets with hands-on training in their areas of interest. For example, nurses can participate in the Nurse Summer Training Program during the summer between their junior and senior years to gain quality work exposure in an Army Medical Facility.
Cadet Organizations and Events
Ranger Club, Color Guard and Honor Flight
The NMU Ranger Club is an extracurricular, cadet organization designed to honor the elite soldiers of the United States Rangers. This organization is for cadets looking for additional training in drill & ceremony, physical fitness, and advanced military tactics. The club is a university-recognized organization and participates in many university and community functions as well as two major competitions per year.
Ranger Club is divided into a few separate entities: the Ranger Challenge teams, Ranger Fund, and the Military Ball Committee. Ranger Challenge is considered the varsity sport of ROTC. It is physically and mentally demanding, but very rewarding when teams compete at the annual Ranger Challenge competition. Please use the right-sided navigation link to learn more about Ranger Challenge. Ranger Fund is a committee within ROTC that organizes fundraisers to raise money for local charities, cadet functions, and our annual military ball. Lastly, the Military Ball Committee is a small group of cadets who take on the planning of our annual military ball. This is a special, formal event for all cadets at the end of each year.
Participating in Color Guard is highly recommended for cadets early in the program so that they can learn basic Army marching techniques and practice what is known as drill and ceremony. The Color Guard presents our National Colors, Michigan flag, and NMU flag at a number of events around the university; for example, at home football games, commencement, and community events such as the Special Olympics.
Honor Flight is a very special occasion for NMU ROTC cadets. This event takes place twice a year in Escanaba, MI. Our cadets volunteer to assist World War II veterans as they take a special day trip to Washington, D.C to visit a number of war memorials, national monuments, and the White House. It is an emotionally powerful event that honors our veterans and gives cadets the opportunity to serve the local community.
History of the Ranger Department/Ranger Training
The history of the American Ranger is a long and colorful saga of courage, daring and outstanding leadership. It is a story of men whose skills in the art of fighting have seldom been surpassed. Only the highlights of their numerous exploits are told here. Rangers primarily performed defensive missions until Benjamin Church's Company of Independent Rangers from Plymouth Colony proved successful in raiding hostile Indians during King Phillip's War in 1675. In 1756 Major Robert Rogers, a native of New Hampshire , recruited nine companies of American colonists to fight for the British during the French and Indian War. Ranger techniques and methods of operation were an inherent characteristic of the American frontiersmen; however, Major Rogers was the first to capitalize on them and incorporate them into the fighting doctrine of a permanently organized fighting force.
The method of fighting used by the first Rangers was further developed during the Revolutionary War by Colonel Daniel Morgan, who organized a unit known as “Morgan's Riflemen”. According to General Burgoyne, Morgan's men were “….the most famous corps of the Continental Army, all of them crack shots.” Francis Marion, the “Swamp Fox”, organized another famous Revolutionary War Ranger element known as “ Marion 's Partisans”. Marion 's Partisans, numbering anywhere from a handful to several hundred, operated both with and independent of other elements of General Washington's Army. Operating out of the Carolina swamps, they disrupted British communications and prevented the organization of loyalists to support the British cause, substantially contributing to the American victory.
The American Civil War was again the occasion for the creation of special units such as Rangers. John S. Mosby, a master of the prompt and skillful use of cavalry, was one of the most outstanding Confederate Rangers.He believed that by resorting to aggressive action he could compel his enemies to guard 100 points. He would then attack one of the weakest points and be assured numerical superiority.
With America 's entry into the Second World War, Rangers came forth to add to the pages of history. Major William O. Darby organized and activated the 1st Ranger Battalion on June19, 1942 at Carrickfergus, North Ireland . The members were all handpicked volunteers; 50 participated in the gallant Dieppe Raid on the northern coast of France with British and Canadian commandos. The 1st, 3rd, and 4th Ranger Battalions participated with distinction in the North African, Sicilian and Italian campaigns. Darby's Ranger Battalions spearheaded the Seventh Army landing at Gela and Licata during the Sicilian invasion and played a key role in the subsequent campaign, which culminated in the capture of Messina. They infiltrated German lines and mounted an attack against Cisterna, where they virtually annihilated an entire German parachute regiment during close in, night, bayonet and hand-to-hand fighting. The 2nd and 5th Ranger Battalions participated in the D-Day landings at Omaha Beach, Normandy; it was during the bitter fighting along the beach that the Rangers gained their official motto. As the situation became critical on Omaha Beach , the division commander of the 29th Infantry Division stated that the entire force must clear the beach and advance inland. He then turned to Lieutenant Colonel Max Schneider, Commander of the 5th Ranger Battalion, and said, “Rangers, lead the way.” The 5th Ranger Battalion spearheaded the breakthrough and thus enabled the allies to drive inland away from the invasion beaches.
The 6th Ranger Battalion, operating in the Pacific, conducted Ranger type missions behind enemy lines which involved reconnaissance and hard-hitting, long-range raids. They were the first American contingent to return to the Philippines, destroying key coastal installations prior to the invasion. A reinforced company from the 6th Ranger Battalion formed the rescue force which liberated American and allied prisoners of war from the Japanese prison camp at Cabanatuan.
Another Ranger-type unit was the 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional), organized and trained as a long-range penetration unit for employment behind enemy lines in Japanese occupied Burma. The unit commander was Brigadier General (later Major General) Frank D. Merrill, its 2,997 officers and men became popularly known as “Merrill's Marauders”.
The men composing Merrill's Marauders were volunteers from the 5th, 154th, and 33rd Infantry Regiments and from other Infantry regiments engaged in combat in the southwest and South Pacific. These men responded to a call from then Chief of Staff, General George C. Marshall, for volunteers for a hazardous mission. These volunteers were to have a high state of physical ruggedness and stamina and were to come from jungle-trained and jungle-tested units.
Prior to their entry into the Northern Burma Campaign, Merrill's Marauders trained in India under the overall supervision of Major General Orde C. Wingate, British Army. There, they were trained from February to June 1943 in long-range penetration tactics and techniques of the type developed and first employed by General Wingate. The operations of the Marauders were closely coordinated with those of the Chinese 22nd and 38th Divisions in a drive to recover northern Burma and clear the way for the construction of Ledo Road , which was to link the Indian railhead at Ledo with the old Burma Road to China . The Marauders marched and fought through jungle and over mountains from Hukwang Valley in northwest Burma to Myitkyina and the Irrawaddy River. In 5 major and 30 minor engagements, they met and defeated the veteran soldiers of the Japanese 18th Division. Operating in the rear of the main force of the Japanese, they prepared the way for the southward advances of the Chinese by disorganizing supply lines and communications. The climax of the Marauder's operations was the capture of Myitkyina Airfield, the only all-weather strip in northern Burma. This was the final victory of “Merrill's Marauders” which was disbanded in August 1944. Remaining personnel were consolidated into the 475th Infantry Regiment, which fought its last battle February 3-4,1945 at Loi-Kang Ridge, China. This Infantry Regiment would serve as the forefather of today's 75th Ranger Regiment.
Shortly after the outbreak of the Korean War in June 1950, the 8th Army Ranger Company was formed of volunteers from American units in Japan. The Company was trained in Korea and distinguished itself in combat during the drive to the Yalu River, performing task force and spearhead operations. In November 1950 during the massive Chinese intervention, this small unit, though vastly outnumbered, withstood five enemy assaults on its position.
In September 1950, a Department of the Army message called for volunteers to be trained as Airborne Rangers. In the 82nd Airborne Division, five thousand regular Army paratroopers volunteered, and from that number nine hundred men were selected to form the initial eight Airborne Ranger Companies. An additional nine companies were formed from volunteers of regular Army and National Guard Infantry Divisions. These seventeen Airborne Ranger companies were activated and trained at Fort Benning, Georgia, with most receiving additional training in the mountains of Colorado.
In 1950 and 1951, some 700 men of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 8th Airborne Ranger companies fought to the front of every American Infantry Division in Korea. Attacking by land, water, and air, these six Ranger companies conducted raids, deep penetrations and ambush operations against North Korean and Chinese forces. They were the first Rangers in history to make a combat jump. After the Chinese intervention, these Rangers were the first Americans to re-cross the 38th parallel. The 2nd Airborne Ranger Company was the only African American Ranger unit in the history of the American Army. The men of the six Ranger companies who fought in Korea paid the bloody price of freedom. One in nine of this gallant brotherhood died on the battlefields of Korea. Other Airborne Ranger companies led the way while serving with infantry divisions in the United States, Germany and Japan. Men of these companies volunteered and fought as members of line infantry units in Korea. One Ranger, Donn Porter, would be posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. Fourteen Korean War Rangers became general officers and dozens became colonels, senior noncommissioned officers and leaders in civilian life. They volunteered for the Army, the Airborne, the Rangers and for combat. The first men to earn and wear the coveted Ranger Tab, these men are the original Airborne Rangers.
In October 1951, the Army Chief of Staff, General J. Lawton Collins directed, “Ranger training be extended to all combat units in the Army.” The Commandant of the Infantry School was directed to establish a Ranger Department for the purpose of conducting a Ranger course of instruction. The overall objective of Ranger training was to raise the standard of training in all combat units. This program was built upon what had been learned from the Ranger Battalions of World War II and the Airborne Ranger companies of the Korean conflict.
During the Vietnam Conflict, fourteen Ranger companies consisting of highly motivated volunteers served with distinction from the Mekong Delta to the DMZ. Assigned to separate brigade, division and field force units, they conducted long-range reconnaissance and exploitation operations into enemy-held areas providing valuable combat intelligence. Initially designated at LRRP, then LRP companies, these units were later designated as C, D,E,F,G,H,I,K,L,M,N,O and P (Ranger) 75th Infantry. Following Vietnam, recognizing the need for a highly trained and highly mobile reaction force, the Army Chief of Staff, General Abrams directed the activation of the first battalion-sized Ranger units since World War II, the 1st and 2nd Battalions (Ranger), 75th Infantry. The 1st Battalion was trained at Fort Benning, Ga., and was activated February 8, 1974 at Fort Stewart, Ga., with the 2nd Battalion being activated on October 3, 1974. The 1st Battalion is now located at Hunter Army Airfield, Ga., and the 2nd Battalion at Fort Lewis, Wash.
The farsightedness of General Abrams' decision, as well as the combat effectiveness of the Ranger battalions, was proven during the United States ' invasion of the island of Grenada in October 1983 to protect American citizens there, and to restore democracy. As expected, Rangers led the way! During this operation, code named “Urgent Fury,” the Ranger battalions conducted a daring, low level airborne assault (from 500 feet) to seize the airfield at Point Salines, and then continued operations for several days to eliminate pockets of resistance, and rescue American medical students.
As a result of the demonstrated effectiveness of the Ranger battalions, the Department of the Army announced in 1984, that it was increasing the strength of Ranger units to its highest level in 40 years by activating another Ranger battalion, as well as a Ranger Regimental Headquarters. These new units, the 3rd Battalion (Ranger), 75th Infantry, and Headquarters Company (Ranger) 75th Infantry, have increased the Ranger strength of the Army to over 2,000 soldiers actually assigned to Ranger units. On February 3, 1986, the 75th Infantry was re-designated the 75th Ranger Regiment.
On December 20,1989, the 75th Ranger Regiment was once again called upon to demonstrate its effectiveness in combat. For the first time since its reorganization in 1984, the Regimental Headquarters and all three Ranger battalions were deployed on Operation “Just Cause” in Panama. During this operation, the 75th Ranger Regiment spearheaded the assault into Panama by conducting airborne assaults onto Torrijos/Tocumen Airport and Rio Hato Airfield to facilitate the restoration of democracy in Panama, and protect the lives of American citizens. Between December 20, 1989 and January 7, 1990 , numerous follow-on missions were performed in Panama by the Regiment.
Early in 1991, elements of the 75th Ranger Regiment deployed to Saudi Arabia in support of Operation Desert Storm.
In August 1993 elements of the 75th Ranger Regiment deployed to Somalia in support of Operation Restore Hope, and returned November 1993. The performance of these Rangers significantly contributed to the overall success of these operations and upheld the Ranger tradition. As in the past, the Regiment stands ready to execute its mission to conduct special operations in support of the United States ' policies and objectives.
Ranger Medal Of Honor Recipients
Millett, Lewis L. Sr Captain Feb 7 1951 Co. E 2/27th Infantry
* Porter, Donn F. Sergeant Sept 7 1952 Co. G 2/14th Infantry
Mize, Ola L. Sergeant June 10-11 1953 Co. K 3/15th Infantry
Dolby, David C. Staff Sergeant May 21 1966 Co. B 1/8th (ABN) Calvary
Foley, Robert F. Captain Nov 5 1966 Co. A 2/27th Infantry
Zabitosky, Fred M. Staff Sergeant Feb 19 1968 5th Special Forces
Bucha, Paul W. Captain May 16-19 1968 Co. D 3/187 Infantry
* Rabel, Laszlo Staff Sergeant Nov 13 1968 74th Infantry (LRRP)
Howard, Robert L. Sergeant First Class Dec 30 1968 5th Special Forces
* Law, Robert D. Specialist 4 Feb 22 1969 Co. I 75th Infantry (Ranger)
Kerrey, J. Robert Lieutenant Mar 14 1969 Seal Team 1
* Doane, Stephen H. 1st Lieutenant Mar 25 1969 Co. B 1/5th Infantry
* Pruden, Robert J. Staff Sergeant Nov 22 1969 Co. G 75th Infantry (Ranger)
Littrell, Gary L. Sergeant First Class April 4-8 1970 Advisory Team 21 (Ranger)
* Lucas, Andre C. Lt Colonel Jul 1-23 1970 HHC 2/506 Infantry
* Gordon, Gary I. Master Sergeant Oct 3 1993 Task Force Ranger
* Shughart, Randall D. Sergeant First Class Oct 3 1993 Task Force Ranger
Standing Orders of Roger's Rangers
- Don't forget nothing.
- Have your musket clean as a whistle, hatchet scoured, sixty rounds powder and ball, and be ready to march at a minute's warning.
- When you're on the march, act the way you would if you was sneaking up on a deer. See the enemy first.
- Tell the truth about what you see and what you do. There is an army depending on us for correct information. You can lie all you please when you tell other folks about the Rangers, but don't never lie to a Ranger or officer.
- Don't never take a chance you don't have to.
- When we're on the march we march single file, far enough apart so one shot can't go through two men.
- If we strike swamps, or soft ground, we spread out abreast, so it's hard to track us.
- When we march, we keep moving till dark, so as to give the enemy the least possible chance at us.
- When we camp, half the party stays awake while the other half sleeps.
- If we take prisoners, we keep 'em separate till we have had time to examine them, so they can't cook up a story between 'em.
- Don't ever march home the same way. Take a different route so you won't be ambushed.
- No matter whether we travel in big parties or little ones, each party has to keep a scout 20 yards ahead, 20 yards on each flank, and 20 yards in the rear so the main body can't be surprised and wiped out.
- Every night you'll be told where to meet if surrounded by a superior force.
- Don't sit down to eat without posting sentries.
- Don't sleep beyond dawn. Dawn's when the French and Indians attack.
- Don't cross a river by a regular ford.
- If somebody's trailing you, make a circle, come back onto your own tracks, and ambush the folks that aim to ambush you.
- Don't stand up when the enemy's coming against you. Kneel down, lie down, hide behind a tree.
- Let the enemy come till he's almost close enough to touch, then let him have it and jump out and finish him up with your hatchet.
Major Robert Rogers 1759
The Ranger Course was conceived during the Korean War and was known as the Ranger Training Command. On 10 October 1951, the Ranger Training Command was inactivated and became the Ranger Department, a branch of the Infantry School at Fort Benning, Ga. Its purpose was, and still is, to develop combat skills of selected officers and enlisted men by requiring them to perform effectively as small unit leaders in a realistic tactical environment, under mental and physical stress approaching that found in actual combat. Emphasis is placed on the development of individual combat skills and abilities through the application of the principles of leadership while further developing military skills in the planning and conduct of dismounted infantry, airborne, airmobile, and amphibious independent squad and platoon-size operations. Graduates return to their units to pass on these skills.
From 1954 to the early 1970's, the Army's goal, though seldom achieved, was to have one Ranger qualified NCO per infantry platoon and one officer per company. In an effort to better achieve this goal, in 1954 the Army required all combat arms officers to become Ranger/ Airborne qualified.
The Ranger course has changed little since its inception. Until recently, it was an eight-week course divided into three phases. The course is now 61 days in duration and divided into three phases as follows:
BENNING PHASE (4th Ranger Training Battalion) – Designed to develop the military skills, physical and mental endurance, stamina, and confidence a small unit combat leader must have to successfully accomplish a mission. It also teaches the Ranger student to properly maintain himself, his subordinates and his equipment under difficult field conditions.
MOUNTAIN PHASE (5th Ranger Training Battalion) – The Ranger student gains proficiency in the fundamentals, principles and techniques of employing small combat units in a mountainous environment. He develops his ability to lead squad-sized units and to exercise control through planning, preparation, and execution phases of all types of combat operations, including ambushes and raids, plus environmental and survival techniques.
FLORIDA PHASE (6th Ranger Training Battalion) – Emphasis during this phase is to continue the development of combat leaders, capable of operating effectively under conditions of extreme mental and physical stress. The training further develops the student's ability to plan and lead small units on independent and coordinated airborne, air assault, amphibious, small boat, and dismounted combat operations in a mid-intensity combat environment against a well-trained, sophisticated enemy.
On 2 December 1987, on York Field, Fort Benning, Ga. , the Ranger Department, in accordance with permanent orders number 214-26, became the Ranger Training Brigade with an effective date of 1 November 1987. After 40 years and 23 Directors and Commanders, the Ranger Course is still dedicated to producing the finest trained soldier in the world…the United States Army Ranger!