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Welcome to the home of Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade

The Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade provides transformational training through the Ranger, Airborne, Jumpmaster, and Pathfinder courses that increase the Army's technical competency, tactical skill and leadership ability, as well as providing Soldiers with U/V/G (Ranger), P (ABN), 5W (JM), and F7 (PF) skill identifiers.

ARTB Commander's Letter

ARTB CSM Guidance

ARTB Mission

The Airborne & Ranger Training Brigade conducts the Ranger Course in order to produce Rangers to fill U(75th RGR RGT)/V (Airborne Ranger)/G (Non-Airborne Qualified Ranger) coded positions within the units whose primary mission is to close with and destroy the enemy in direct fire battle. Additionally, the ARTB conducts the Basic Airborne, Pathfinder, and Jumpmaster courses in order to SUPPORT U.S. Airborne Joint Forcible Entry capability.

The Ranger 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 the Rangers.

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.

ARTB Contact

To check the status of a Ranger Student in training contact the student's Division G3 Schools Office.


ARTB Staff Duty

(706) 544-6980

Senior TAC

(706) 544-6413

ARTB History

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, Georgia. 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, Georgia, the Ranger Department, in accordance with permanent orders number 214-26, became the Ranger Training Brigade with an effective date of 1 November 1987.

Rangers in Action

RIA Dates

VIP Attendance Request

Land Navigation Training

Directions for accessing the Land Navigation Training

1. Click Here to Login to the Land Navigation Training

2. Enter AKO Username and Password, click “Submit”

3. Enter any additional information and click “Submit”

4. Click “View Course Available for Self-Development”

5. Check the Box for “Map Reading and Land Navigation”

6. Click “Register To Selected”

7. Acknowledge The Warning Box

8. Click “Return to List of Registered Courses “Click “Map Reading and Land Navigation” to begin taking the course

Student Requirements



The following are the statistics overview from 2011-2015:

  • 40.5% overall graduation rate between FY11-FY15.
  • 59.5% overall failure rate between FY11-FY15.
    • 36.5% of students fail in the first 4 days (“RAP Week”)
      • Ranger Physical Assessment (RPA) – 13.8%
      • Land Navigation – 12.2%
      • 12 mile foot march – 9.3%
      • Combat Water Survival Assessment (CWSA) – 1.3%
    • 12.5% of students fail due to Administrative reasons
      • Medical – 5.5%
      • SOR – 2.1%
      • LOM – 2.9%
      • Admin – 2.0%
    • 8% of students fail due to Academic reasons
      • Patrols – 4.1%
      • Patrols & Peers – 2.3%
      • Peers, Spots, Patrols/Spots, Peers/Spots, and Patrols/Peers/Spots each average to less than 1% of failures annually
  • Approximately 31% of students recycle at least one phase of Ranger School*
    • 62% of Recycles are due to patrols

*Note: Percentage from FY15; all other percentages are based on average number of attendees per year

Failures By Reason