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.


6 thoughts on “The Ranger Creed”

  1. As a graduate of Ranger class 5–’72 I can verify that most of those who have graduated from the School have always lived by the Creed. One of the only incidents which can be pointed to where the Creed wasn’t followed was when a “politician” Clinton interfered and didn’t support one of our Ranger units and got them killed and desecrated by the Somalian lowlifes. Left undisturbed by politicians, Rangers always “Git ‘er Done”

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  3. I Just wanted to add a foot note to DMcKay’s comment. I was not Ranger qual. only because Capt. Bugg took us to most of the stages of Ranger training for our Annual’s. I had the opportunity to do 1/10 th. of what a Ranger Trainee did and elected not to enroll. A discussion I’ve regretted from then to this very minute. With all that said even though I didn’t have the tab I understand and would live by the creed in battle. Any Ranger would fall on a grenade to save his Ranger buddy. Somalia Is another accolade for the Rangers and a myriad of political crap we’ve all have been putting up with for the past three administrations. The country is nearly bankrupt, our infrastructure is crumbling around us and the Mideast is a quagmire. Enough said Go gers !!!

  4. V. Thomas Oltesvig 77-80

    We are consider Short Tabs, We are still eligible for the Ranger Ass., because of our being members of the 425. OJT

  5. Tom, I guess I don’t understand what you mean by “Short Tabs.” You are correct that any member of Co F can join the U.S. Army Ranger Association. Their criteria includes, “Any officially designated U. S. Army Ranger unit”

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