Ranger Course


Course Description


The purpose of the Ranger course is to develop the leadership and combat related skills of volunteers, in a physically and mentally challenging environment, that closely resembles conditions found in actual combat. The course averages nearly 20 hours a day, 7 days a week. Training is conducted in a boot camp style atmosphere. All students report to 4th Ranger Training Battalion with shaved heads and without rank. Students will be addressed as “Ranger” throughout the course. Students include NCOs, SNCOs, and company grade officers from a variety of units across the military. Ranger Training Brigade no longer conducts a “Zero Week” prior to the Ranger course. Ranger Training Assessment Course (RTAC), also known as, “Pre-Ranger” is not pre-requisite for attending Ranger School, however it is strongly recommended. Marines who desire to attend RTAC must be fully funded by their parent command. For coordination of a quota to RTAC, NLT 45 days prior to the Ranger school class report date, contact The ITC Chief at daniel.r.howe2.mil@mail.mil Also, be advised that RTAC is conducted two weeks prior to the beginning of the Ranger course. There are eleven Ranger classes per year but only ten Pre-Ranger classes. Students must report to the Marine Corps Detachment office by noon the Thursday prior to the RTAC course convening date. If no Pre-Ranger course is offered, students will report the Wednesday prior to the Ranger course convening date. This will give our office time to check over all required paperwork and for students to receive the Ranger in brief which is given by the Infantry Training Company staff. Additional amplifying information on Ranger School is available here.
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Prerequisites/ Administrative Requirements

  • Volunteer
  • Cpl and above/ combat arms MOS
  • Current physical: Students must report with SRB/medical and dental records. Medical record must have current Ranger physical (not an update or screening) dated within 12 months of report date. The number one problem of Marines and Sailors upon check-in with the Marine Corps Detachment office is having incomplete physicals – mainly incomplete blood work. Ensure the following is annotated on your current physical:
    • Blocks 5 and 77 on SF 88 must state “Ranger/ Airborne training.” If using DD Form 2808, Block 15c must state purpose of examination as “Ranger/Airborne training” and Block 74a must state is qualified for service in “Ranger/Airborne Training”. Must have documentation of lab test results of HIV, CBC, sickle cell test, and CMP (Comprehensive Metabolic Panel), and UA (urinalysis) test – testing for glucose, blood in urine, and protein. Dental records must include panoramic x-ray.

    • Students that have received LASIK and/or PRK (eye surgery) are disqualified from attending Ranger training in accordance with AR 40-501. However, students requesting waiver for eye surgery will use the Army Waiver Data Sheet. See the Ranger Homepage for this form. Waivers will not be approved for eye surgeries performed less than 3 months prior to training. Other waiver issues may be directed to the Ranger Training Brigade Surgeon @ DSN 784-7403, COM (706) 544-7403 by sending unit Medical Officers. Students that incur medical problems following their physical examination must be assessed prior to departure from sending units. Commanders are responsible for ensuring that applicants meet medical standards upon arrival to Ranger school. Students arriving without all required paperwork will be dropped from the course.
  • Students must arrive on fully funded orders.
  • Students must have one year of service remaining upon graduation from Ranger School.
  • Marines with a history of HWI (hot weather injuries) are disqualified from attending hot weather classes (April 1- October 1). Marines with a history of CWI (cold weather injuries) are disqualified from attending cold weather classes (October 1-April 1). Request for consideration may be addressed to the RTB Surgeon.
  • Students will be screened on the following tests prior to attending Ranger school and the scores annotated on their commander’s certification.
    • Ranger PFT: minimum 49 pushups (2 min)
      minimum 59 situps (2 min)
      2 mile run 15:12
    • Chin-ups: minimum 6
    • 5 mile run: 40 min or less conducted in platoon sized formation: (PT attire, running shoes)
    • CWST: Uniform: cammies, boots, rifle, H-harness
      1. 15 meter swim with LBV and rifle
      2. 3 meter drop
      3. Equipment removal
    • 16 mile hike: 5 hour, 20 minute time limit w/approx. 65lb pack.

      For a sample workout schedule, attrition statistics, and explanation and preparation for RAP week events, see the Ranger School Preparation section on the Ranger Homepage.
  • All Ranger students must be proficient in the (27) Ranger Common Tasks as listed in the Ranger School Preparation section of the Ranger Homepage. Also, students should memorize the Ranger Creed and study the Ranger Handbook prior to arrival. Both can be downloaded from the Ranger Homepage.
  • For a Ranger student to pass the course, he must:
    • Pass one patrol at each phase
    • Receive greater than 50% Go’s on all graded patrols
    • Successfully complete all “Must Pass Events” which are the Ranger PFT (RAP week), CWST (RAP week), 5-Mile Run (RAP week), Land Navigation (RAP week), 16-Mile Foot March (RAP week), Knot Test (Mountain Phase), and Belay Test (Mountain Phase)
    • Pass peer evaluations



Students should report to the Marine Corps Detachment office located at (BLDG. 71) 6680 Wold Ave. Ft. Benning, GA 31905 NLT 1200 on the Thursday prior to the Pre-Ranger course convening date or the Wednesday prior to Ranger course convening date if no Pre-Ranger is offered. Students who report after normal working hours will contact the Marine Corps Detachment office on the following workday. If a student cannot attend the Pre-Ranger course, he must contact the Marine Corps Detachment office @DSN (706)-545-7425/7419 or MOB (706) 604-8572/326-6498

All Marines checking in will be screened through the Ranger Check-In packet. Please note that the winter boots must have a gortex tab, the Gen 2 poly pro is the waffle poly pro, and the batteries are packs not individual. For all other requirements and information please see the Army's Fort Benning Ranger school website.

Rangers check-in list: Rangers Check-in


Gear List


The Ranger homepage maintains the most current gear list, click here and navigate to the “Ranger Student Information” link. Please note that the winter boots must have a Gore-Tex tab, the generation 2 poly pro is the waffle poly pro, and the batteries are packs not individual. Students should arrive to Pre-ranger with the most current Ranger homepage gear list. Also, see the Pre-Ranger MOI at the bottom of the page. For those items on the gear list which have (TOE unit soldiers only) next to the item, you are still required to bring those items. The Marine Infantry Combat Boot (temperate and hot weather versions) are allowed at Ranger school. *The Marine Detachment does not have a supply from which to issue missing gear.




Students are billeted in squad bays or in the field while attending the Ranger course. Students should expect and be prepared to spend a total of no less than four nights at Olson Hall (BOQ/BEQ) at a rate of $36 per day. (Students are billeted at Olson Hall prior to checking in at 4th Ranger Training Battalion). Reservations can be made by calling (706) 689-0067. If rooms are unavailable at the BOQ, students will be billeted at a local contracted hotel. The max lodging rate is $63 a night. Government messing is provided. The proportional meal rate is $22 a day and incidentals are $3 a day. Students should bring a valid government credit card or enough money to cover the cost of billeting and meals for the four days at the BOQ. Statements of non-availability can be obtained from the BOQ if necessary.




All students (graduates & drops) will be met by a representative of the MarDet immediately after graduation/dismissal to recieve a "From TAD Orders endorsement". This paperwork is a requirement upon return to your unit for settlement of travel claims.


External Resources


Click for Commander's Certification

Click here for pre-ranger MOI

Detailed Admin and Course Info


Chow Hall Information