Army Ranger candidates are often confused about the difference between Ranger School and RASP.
Because it’s NOT as simple as you think it is.
In fact, the difference is so tremendous and significant. We suggest you read thoroughly and carefully as it will greatly impact your future as an Army Ranger!
RASP (Rangers Assesment & Selection Program) is an eight-week course that trains Soldiers in the basic skills and tactics required to operate in the 75th Ranger Regiment.
So let me tell you what the RASP is all about by explaining the 2 phases of the program:
The first phase of RASP Is about clearing a ton of physical and psychological tests. During this phase, you must keep in mind that your grades are not all that matter. It is actually your strength of character and leadership ability that’s being tested. Because let’s be frank here — those 2 aspects are what makes an Army Ranger, an Army Ranger.
Tests conducted are as follows:
The second phase of RASP is where you will learn the skills and maneuvers that will prepare you for the rigors of life in a Ranger unit. A very apt description, we assure you.
You got it. This is where the magic happens. You’ll learn the principals of direct action combat, airfield seizure, personnel recovery and more. Everything that is directly applicable to your mission as a Ranger.
Tests conducted are as follows:
Upon successful completion of RASP, you will receive the Tan beret, a symbol of strength and excellence, and one of the highest honors an Army Soldier can achieve.
In addition to that, you will also receive the 75th Ranger Regiment Scroll, signifying entry into one of the most distinguished special operations units in the world. Because by the time you finish the RASP course, you will have the essential skills, training, and confidence to become members of the 75th Ranger Regiment.
Bonus part: here’s a link from the official GoArmy regarding preparation for RASP .
Ranger School is regarded as one of the toughest training courses for which a Soldier can volunteer. Army Rangers are experts in leading Soldiers on difficult missions — and to do this they need rigorous training. For over two months, Ranger students train to exhaustion, pushing the limits of their minds and bodies. And if they managed to complete this hellish training, they will be awarded the “Ranger Tab”.
You should also know that all members of the 75th Ranger Regiment are expected to attend and complete Ranger School either before or after their selection into the regiment. So either way, if Army Ranger is your goal, you’re going to attend the Ranger School.
So let me tell you why Ranger School is feared by many — and respected by every US Soldiers. Let’s talk about the 3 phases of the training, which is Benning, Mountain, and Florida.
Is the phase where you will be tested on your physical stamina, mental toughness, and tactical fundamentals required to follow-on the next phases of Ranger School.
During this 21-day phase, each student is subjected to sustain himself, his subordinates, maintain his mission essential equipment, and accomplish the mission under extremely difficult field training conditions. Each student must demonstrate their ability to plan, prepare, resource, and execute a combat patrol as a squad leader or team leader.
Only Soldiers who give 110 percent of themselves will be likely candidates to continue forward to the next phase, which is the infamous “Mountain” phase.
This is the phase where students practice how to sustain himself and his subordinates in the extreme conditions of the mountains.
The rugged terrain, severe weather, hunger, mental and physical fatigue, and the emotional stress that the student encounters gives him the opportunity to gauge his capabilities and limitations as well as that of his peers.
The stamina and commitment of the Ranger students are stressed to the maximum. At any time, students will feel tired, hungry, and physically depleted. But there will be no rest, because another objective is waiting for them to conquer.
Third and final phase of the Ranger School, is the the Florida. This is where students develop combat arms functional skills under conditions of extreme mental and physical stress. Just like the battlefield that’s waiting for them out there.
The training exercises are fast paced, highly stressful, and challenging exercises in which the students are evaluated on their ability to execute of raids, ambushes, and urban assaults to accomplish their assigned missions. All under the influence of hunger, severe mental anxiety, and low energy.
Now you know, both the Mountain Phase and the Florida Phase is what makes a Ranger School one of the toughest and most rewarding training camp a soldier can go through.
Now that you know the ultimate difference between Ranger School and RASP is, make sure you choose the regiment that suits your needs the most.
Good luck, fellow Army Rangers candidate!