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Special Operations Overview

Called upon to perform the toughest duties in the armed forces, Special Operations Forces directly affect the protection of America's freedom.

Army

Army Special Forces
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75th Ranger Regiment
Learn More About the Army Rangers

160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment
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Marines

Marine Force Reconnaissance
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Marine Corps Special Operations Command
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Marine RECON Missions
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Air Force

Air Force Special Tactics
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About the Army Rangers

US Army Rangers

Capable of infiltrating by land, sea, or air, the Ranger Regiment plans, executes, and commands and controls special operations in support of the nation's military objectives and global interests across the full spectrum continuum, worldwide.

Creed:

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 my Ranger Regiment.

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.

Personnel:

Around 2,000 Army personnel serving in three Ranger Battalions and 75th Ranger Regimental Headquarters.

Gear:

  • Beretta M-9 Pistol
  • M203 Grenade Launcher
  • M4A1 Rifle
  • M2 .50 Machine Gun
  • M240G Machine Gun
  • MC-130
  • M249 Light Machine Gun (SAW)
  • Carl Gustav 84mm AT weapon
  • Javelin AT System
  • M72 Light Anti-tank Weapon (LAW)
  • 120mm Mortar



Responsibilities:

  • Sustained combat operations in multiple countries
  • Airborne and air assaults
  • Mounted infiltrations behind enemy lines
  • Complex urban raids
  • Rescue operations


Organization:

  • lst Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.
  • 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Lewis, Wash.
  • 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Ga.
  • Regimental Special Troops Battalion, Fort Benning, Ga.

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