British Army Ranger Regiment

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The British Army is standing up its new 'Ranger Regiment' today, 1 December. Set to be at the heart of a Special Operations Brigade, the thousand-strong Ranger Regiment will be "open to anybody in the Armed Forces", according to the former Chief of the Defence Staff, General Sir Nick Carter. Defence Secretary Ben Wallace also told MPs the regiment would be "partly special" as better equipment and "more selected" troops will form a key part of the Rangers

The new Special Operations Brigade will replace the existing Specialised Infantry Group, and the Army hopes to be able to deploy it by 2022. It will see soldiers take on roles usually carried out by Special Forces personnel, operating in high-threat environments to train, advise and accompany allies. The Chief of the General Staff says the brigade will "build on the lessons that we've learnt from Iraq and Afghanistan about just how important it is to build up local and regional capacity". It is part of a significant restructuring of the British Army following the publication of the Government's Defence Command Paper – which laid out plans for the Armed Forces over the coming decade. The new Ranger Regiment will be formed of four "all-arms" battalions, each of about 250 personnel.


It will be routinely deployed around the world supporting allied nations in delivering defence and security. Mozambique and Somalia have been reported as two of the countries under consideration for the first deployment. Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has said the new regiment would be at the forefront of a more "active and engaged" Armed Forces, adding this month that its personnel could be sent to Africa or the Middle East, rather than just working with NATO allies, and will deploy in teams. Mr Wallace added that money has already been spent on equipment to make the Rangers more "independent", with the new regiment expected to deploy without the usual logistical support given to others.

The Defence Secretary said the formation will be a "more selected cadre of people, with better equipment", and also confirmed one of the Ranger battalions will be based in Northern Ireland. In time the Special Operations Brigade will select personnel from across the Army. Everyone serving in the Ranger Regiment will wear a metal cap badge, inspired by a peregrine falcon, according to the British military, due to the bird's loyalty and ability to operate in all environments. Meanwhile, the regiment's beret and stable belt will be gunmetal grey, in homage to the peregrine falcon's colour. According to the Defence Command Paper, the Ranger Regiment "will be aligned with the new divisions of infantry". "They will be able to operate in complex, high-threat environments, taking on some tasks traditionally done by Special Forces," the document continues. "This work will involve deterring adversaries and contributing to collective deterrence by training, advising and, if necessary, accompanying partners."
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A member of 4 RIFLES mentoring Iraqi forces (Picture: MOD).

Selection Process

The process will be as follows:

Cadre Course – A two-week assessment that selected individuals from throughout the entire Army can tackle, judging their aptitude from the start.
Ranger Course – The second stage sends successful Cadre Course applicants on a six-week course. This could take place in a number of places, including outside the UK.
Those who pass through the Ranger Course then join a Ranger battalion for eight months of training. This includes fundamental and mission-specific skills training and special role training. There is also operational partner training at this stage, which will prepare personnel for interaction with foreign UK partners (training, advising and, if necessary, accompanying them). All personnel who are moving from the Army's Specialised Infantry Battalions to form the Ranger Regiment's 'all arms' battalions will have passed the Cadre Course and Ranger Course already. Those who fail to pass the courses will return to their cap badges.

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New Ranger Regiment cap badge (Picture: British Army).


Full article:
Ranger Regiment: What we know about Army's new elite force

Additional articles:
Exclusive: Ranger Regiment selection process before taking on Special Forces roles
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It has the same mission as our SFABs. Hopefully it isn't filled with a bunch of...I'll say I'm not a fan of the SFABs. I find them comical.

Americans need to realize that "Ranger" to us isn't the same as "Ranger" in the UK, the history is totally different. Don't get stuck on the name my fellow Yanks.

Shout out to those butthurt that the cap badge is "identical" to the cap badge of the Selous Scouts. Dry your tears and stop worrying your new unit will be an "apartheid death squad" or whatthefuckever.
 

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It has the same mission as our SFABs. Hopefully it isn't filled with a bunch of...I'll say I'm not a fan of the SFABs. I find them comical.

Yeah, sounds like they're the same thing. From the article the main core of the Rangers is made from 1 Scots an Infrantry regiment. I wonder how those in 1 Scots feel about the change. :(
 

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It has the same mission as our SFABs. Hopefully it isn't filled with a bunch of...I'll say I'm not a fan of the SFABs. I find them comical.

Americans need to realize that "Ranger" to us isn't the same as "Ranger" in the UK, the history is totally different. Don't get stuck on the name my fellow Yanks.

Shout out to those butthurt that the cap badge is "identical" to the cap badge of the Selous Scouts. Dry your tears and stop worrying your new unit will be an "apartheid death squad" or whatthefuckever.
We have a member with us here at Polk. They are modeling the UK Rangers after US Green Berets. SFAB-like is the old model.

They participated in a rotation last year and were excellent.
 

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Not a Ranger, never was. Just a Paratrooper. But, I jumped and trained with UK Paras. The UK have Paras, Marines, hell, SAS.

Will the job be different?

Legit question. I don't 'think' those units have an actual mission of FID and security force assistance, but I know they have done it. I am curious if the new Ranger unit will eliminate those roles for the other units so they can actually do what they are trained to actually do.
 

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Selection Process

Ranger Assessment Cadre (RAC)

The RAC is an opportunity for the individual to demonstrate they posses the unique set of skills required for service in one of the Ranger Bns. It is a two-week continuous period which incorporates mentally and physically challenging scenarios. The pinnacle is a 100km patrol as team, reacting to the evolving situation whilst embedded in a partner focused scenario. The purpose of the RAC is for the candidate to show they have the required skills, whilst also demonstrating potential operations.

All Arms Ranger Course (AARC)

On passing the RAC candidates will be invited to attend an ‘All Arms Ranger Course’
Having proven their skills during the AARC, candidates will be taught skills unique to Army Special Operations and will finish the course able to deploy across the globe in support of partners.

Next Steps

Having passed both the RAC and the AARC candidates will be viable to be selected into one of the four Ranger Bns.


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Source: https://www.army.mod.uk/who-we-are/corps-regiments-and-units/ranger-regiment/
 
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