Ranger Indoctrination Program
- Ranger Indoctrination Program
Ranger Indoctrination Program (RIP) is a 4 week course held at Fort Benning, Georgia. RIP is required for E-5s [http://www.goarmy.com/ranger/ They Army's Ranger recruiting page.] and below to be assigned to the 75th Ranger Regiment.
RIP is designed to prepare soldiers, many of whom have just graduated Basic Training, Advanced Individual Training and Airborne School and are still considered "fresh" recruits, for assignment to the 75th Ranger Regiment. Airborne-qualified soldiers from other units attempting to transfer to the 75th Ranger Regiment also attend the course, but are less common than new soldiers.
After 1st Ranger Battalion was reformed in 1974, RIP was held directly by them. When 2nd Ranger Battalion was formed shortly thereafter, they began hosting their own RIP. In 1986, when the Regimental Headquarters was fully formed, a new consolidated RIP was started at Fort Benning, beginning on 1 October 1986, where it has been held ever since.
Upon successful completion of RIP, the new Rangers graduate at the Ranger Memorial where they will don the tan Ranger beret and will have the scroll of the battalion they will be assigned to pinned on their shoulder.
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