Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentMilitary · 1 decade ago

the other 74 ranger regiments?

What exactly does the 75th Ranger regiment mean? Were there 74 other Ranger groups before this one? And I was watching the best Ranger competition, and the guys who won weren't even from the 75th Ranger Regiment? How the hell is that possible? How can they be Rangers, but not be from the 75th ranger regiment?



the guys who won didn't have Rangers in ANY part of what outfit they were from. but I don't understand, what exactly does regiment mean, and where did they get 75 from? what a random number.

Update 2:

so it's actually the 75th infantry regiment, but they're called rangers? so is everyone in that regiment a ranger? and some soldiers complete ranger school, but then go to non-ranger units, yet they're still rangers?

Update 3:

I'm still very confused...... is every ranger unit a part of the 75th? I don't know why I'm having a hard time understanding this concept. I need somebody to slowly and clearly break this down and explain it to me. the guy who said BTW there are airborne and whatever came close, but it still hasn't clicked. And no I'm not retarted. I'm actually smart.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Ranger History

    Ranger history predates the Revolutionary War. In the mid 1700’s, Capt. Benjamin Church and Maj. Robert Rogers both formed Ranger units to fight during the King Phillips War and the French and Indian War. Maj. Robert Rogers wrote the 19 standing orders that are still in use today.

    The Continental Congress formed eight companies of expert riflemen in 1775 to fight in the Revolutionary War. In 1777, this force of hardy frontiersmen commanded by Dan Morgan was known as The Corps of Rangers. Francis Marion, “The Swamp Fox”, organized another famous Revolutionary War Ranger element known as Marion’s Partisans.

    During the War of 1812, companies of United States Rangers were raised from among the frontier settlers as part of the regular army. Throughout the war, they patrolled the frontier from Ohio to Western Ill. on horseback and by boat. They participated in many skirmishes and battles with the British and their Indian allies. Many famous men belonged to Ranger units during the 18th and 19th centuries to include Daniel Boone and Abraham Lincoln.

    The Civil War included Rangers such as John Singleton Mosby who was the most famous Confederate Ranger during the Civil War. His raids on Union camps and bases were so effective, part of North-Central Va. soon became known as Mosby’s Confederacy.

    After the Civil War, more than half a century passed without military Ranger units in America. However, during World War II (1941-1945), the United States, using British Commando standards, activated six Ranger infantry battalions.

    Maj. (later Brigadier General) William O. Darby organized and activated the 1st Ranger Battalion on June 19, 1942, at Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. The 1st Ranger Battalion participated in the North African landing at Arzeu, Algeria, the Tunisian Battles, and the critical Battle of El Guettar.

    The 3rd and 4th Ranger Battalions were activated and trained by Col. Darby in Africa near the end of the Tunisian Campaign. The 1st, 3rd, and 4th Battalions formed the Ranger Force. They began the tradition of wearing the scroll shoulder sleeve insignia, which has been officially adopted for today’s Ranger battalions.

    The 2nd and 5th Ranger Battalions participated in the June 6, 1944, D-Day landings at Omaha Beach, Normandy. It was during the bitter fighting along the beaches that the Rangers gained their motto, “Rangers, lead the way!” They conducted daring missions to include scaling the cliffs of Pointe Du Hoc, overlooking Omaha Beach, to destroy German gun emplacements trained on the beachhead.

    The 6th Ranger Battalion operated in the Philippines and formed the rescue force that liberated American Prisoners Of War from a Japanese POW camp at Cabanatuan in Jan. 1945. The 6th Battalion destroyed the Japanese POW camp and evacuated more than 500 prisoners.

    The 75th Infantry Regiment was first organized in the China-Burma-India Theater on Oct. 3, 1943 as Task Force Galahad. It was during the campaigns in the China-Burma-India Theater that the regiment became known as Merrill’s Marauders after its commander, Maj. Gen. Frank D. Merrill. The Ranger Battalions were deactivated at the close of WWII.

    The outbreak of hostilities in Korea in June 1950 again signaled the need for Rangers. Fifteen Ranger Companies were formed during the Korean War. The Rangers went to battle throughout the winter of 1950 and the spring of 1951. They were nomadic warriors, attached first to one regiment and then to another. They performed “out front” work – scouting, patrolling, raids, ambushes, spearheading assaults, and as counterattack forces to regain lost positions.

    Rangers were again called to serve their country during the Vietnam War. The 75th Infantry was reorganized once more on Jan. 1, 1969, as a parent regiment under the Combat Arms Regimental System. Fifteen separate Ranger companies were formed from this reorganization. Thirteen served proudly in Vietnam until inactivation on Aug. 15, 1972.

    In Jan. 1974, Gen. Creighton Abrams, Army Chief of Staff, directed the formation of a Ranger battalion. The 1st Battalion (Ranger), 75th Infantry, was activated and parachuted into Fort Stewart, Ga. on July 1, 1974. The 2nd Battalion (Ranger), 75th Infantry followed with activation on Oct. 1, 1974. The 3rd Battalion, 75th Infantry (Ranger), and Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 75th Infantry (Ranger), received their colors on Oct. 3, 1984, at Fort Benning, Ga. The 75th Ranger Regiment was designated in Feb. 1986.

    The modern Ranger battalions were first called upon in 1980. Elements of 1st Battalion, 75th Infantry (Ranger) participated in the Iranian hostage rescue attempts.

    In Oct. 1983, 1st and 2nd (-) Ranger Battalions spearheaded Operation Urgent Fury by conducting a daring low-level parachute assault to seize Point Salines Airfield and rescue American citizens at True Blue Medical Campus.

    The entire 75th Ranger Regiment participated in Operation Just Cause. Rangers spearheaded the action by conducting two important operations. Simultaneous parachute assaults were conducted onto Torrijos/Tocumen International Airport, Rio Hato Airfield and General Manuel Noriega’s beach house, to neutralize Panamanian Defense Forces. The Rangers captured 1,014 Enemy Prisoners of War (EPW), and over 18,000 arms of various types.

    Elements of Company B, and 1st Platoon Company A, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment deployed to Saudi Arabia from February 12, 1991 to April 15, 1991, in support of Operation Desert Storm.

    In August 1993, elements of 3rd Battalion, and 75th Ranger Regiment, deployed to Somalia to assist United Nations forces in bringing order to a desperately chaotic and starving nation. On October 3, 1993, the Rangers conducted a daring daylight raid with 1st SFOD. For nearly 18 hours, the Rangers delivered devastating firepower, killing an estimated 600 Somalis in what many have called the fiercest ground combat since Vietnam.

    On 24 November 2000 the 75th Ranger Regiment deployed Regimental Reconnaissance Detachment (RRD) Team 2 and a command and control element to Kosovo in support of TF Falcon.

    After the events of September 11, 2001, Rangers were called upon to lead the way in the Global War on Terrorism. On 19 October 2001, 3rd Battalion and 75th Ranger Regiment spearheaded ground forces by conducting an airborne assault to seize Objective Rhino in Afganistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. On 28 March 2003, 3rd Battalion employed the first airborne assault in Iraq to seize Objective Serpent in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

    Due to the changing nature of warfare and the need for an agile and sustainable Ranger Force, The Regimental Special Troops Battalion (RSTB) was activated 17 July 2006. The RSTB conducts sustainment, intelligence, reconnaissance and maintenance missions which were previously accomplished by small detachments assigned to the Regimental headquarters and then attached within each of the three Ranger battalions. The activation of the RSTB signifies a major waypoint in the transformation of the Ranger Force from a unit designed for short term “contingency missions” to continuous combat operations without loss in lethality or flexibility.

    Today, Rangers from all four of its current Battalions continue to lead the way in the Global War on Terrorism. The 75th Ranger Regiment is conducting sustained combat operations in multiple countries deploying from multiple locations in the United States, a task that is unprecedented for the Regiment. Rangers continue conducting combat operations with almost every deployed special operations, conventional and coalition force in support of both Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. The Ranger Regiment is executing a wide range of diverse operations that include airborne and air assaults into Afghanistan and Iraq, mounted infiltrations behind enemy lines, complex urban raids and rescue operations.

    In addition to conducting missions in support of the Global War on Terrorism, the 75th Ranger Regiment continues to train in the United States and overseas to prepare for future no-notice worldwide combat deployments. The Regiment also continues to recruit, assess and train the next generation of Rangers and Ranger leadership.

    As for how Someone who isn't assigned to the Ranger's could win Best Ranger ?? Easy. They are Ranger's !!! They do not need to be assigned to a Ranger unit in order to compete.

    Ranger School is just that. A Military School on small unit tactics and leadership.

    To be Ranger qualified (Completed Ranger School) does not mean that you are going to be assigned to a Ranger unit. Most Infantry Companys (ie... Assigned to 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th Infantry Divisions, 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions prefer that their Squad Leader are ranger Qualified. There are Still Long Range Surveillance Detachments {LRSD} usually assigned to the Military Intelligence {MI} Units that are slotted for Ranger Qualified Soldiers.) Everyone who is a ssigned to the 75th Infantry Regt Rangers is NOT Ranger Qualified.

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  • Den
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    1 decade ago

    The 75th Ranger Regiment began as the 75th Infantry Regiment.It is the only current regiment and no there were not 74 others that preceded it.

    A regiment is a unit of men that vary in number,it is made up of battalions.

    To compete in a Ranger event,all that is required is that one be tabbed as a Ranger.There are guys going through the school all of the time and many more men are Ranger tabbed than serve in the 75th.

    They come from all over the Army and are disseminated into the ranks.They then become highly sought after as leaders and teachers.

    BTW,the 75th Rangers are a separate unit and are not under a base commanders authority or a division commander.

    They report directly to SOCOM (Special Operations Command).They are under the direct command of a full colonel,who is part of the Regiment.

    BTW:There are separate Airborne units,such as the 82nd Airborne,the 101st Airborne,the Special Forces and yes the Rangers.

    They have nothing to do with Infantry.

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  • 5 years ago

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    the other 74 ranger regiments?

    What exactly does the 75th Ranger regiment mean? Were there 74 other Ranger groups before this one? And I was watching the best Ranger competition, and the guys who won weren't even from the 75th Ranger Regiment? How the hell is that possible? How can they be Rangers, but not be from the 75th...

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  • Elcy
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    4 years ago

    Yes there is only one Ranger Regiment in the US. It is made of 3 battalions. Im not sure why the 75th but it doesn't mean there has to be 74 ranger regiments before it. There are probably 74 regular regiments before it.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    No, there is also the 3rd Ranger BN. 2nd Rangers, ect. They do that because there is probably a 74th Engineering company, and there can't be a 74th Engineers, and 74th Rangers. The numbers are not linear in THAT fashion. Pick me for best answer.

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  • 1 decade ago

    The rangers are part of the 75th Infantry Regiment. There are no 'Ranger,' 'Airborne,' etc regiments. They are all infantry regiments.

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