US Army Army Rangers
What Are Army Rangers?
Army Rangers, just like Green Berets, are part of the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM or SOCOM).
SOCOM is based out of MacDill Air Force Base just outside of Tampa, Florida.
The first thing that you should understand about the US Army Rangers is this:
There is the 75th Ranger Regiment, and then there is Ranger School.
Rangers are NOT identified by the Ranger tab seen on the left shoulder of some soldier’s uniforms.
What they are identified by is the tan beret.
A Ranger tab denotes that a soldier has been through and passed Ranger School: a 61-day gruel-fest that is not for the faint of heart.
Differences Between Attending Ranger School And Being A Ranger
Almost any soldier can attend Ranger School, and it is understood to be valuable leadership training that a soldier thinking of making a career out of the military should consider.
However, being a member of Ranger Battalion, the ones who wear the tan beret, is something entirely different.
Whereas regular soldiers who attend Ranger School live the Ranger life for 61 days, members of the 75thRanger Regiment live the life 24/7/365.
Additionally, every soldier in a Ranger Battalion (aka “Ranger Batt”) goes through Ranger School, usually once they achieve the rank of Specialist (E-4) and before they get their first leadership position.
What Are Green Berets?
Traditionally, Green Berets are experts in unconventional warfare.
Essentially, in addition to being highly adept soldiers, they’re also going to extremely proficient in the culture that they are assigned to operate in.
In fact, one of the longest courses that a Green Beret is required to go through is language school.
Not every SF member is going learn Arabic, Farsi, Pashtu, or Dari (the most commonly used languages where Americans operate in the Middle East today).
Since the Green Berets operate worldwide, some groups are required to learn Spanish, Russian, Mandarin, and some African languages.
Short History Of The Green Berets
Though Special Forces can trace their roots back to the beginning of the Korean War, the unit that we recognize today as the Green Berets officially started in the early sixties and the early stages of Vietnam.
When conventional war tactics failed in the foreign jungle terrain, Green Berets stepped up.
They were the ones responsible for training the South Vietnamese in unconventional warfare (also known as guerrilla warfare).