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    My son has been in for almost a year and is stationed overseas at Rose Barracks in Germany. He is top 5 in his group of 80 and has just completed the SPUR RUN and is possibly up for a spot in Ranger school.......my question is, Should he also go to Airborne school?

    He said this is a 60 day Ranger School at Ft. Benning but would immediately return to Germany when the Ranger school is done. Any info or advice would be appreciated.


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    If he is not in an airborne unit; then he can try to talk to his retention counselor on getting it in his re-enlistment contract. Airborne is not a pre-requisite for Ranger school but for SF (and 75th).

    Your son's leadership should be able to help him with his military school goals.

    The expert on this topic is MSG Glenn.
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    I think that Airborne qualification is necessary to attend Ranger School as of a couple of years ago. I know it didn't used to be but since there are airborne operations included in the course it makes sense. He or you could go online & put a search for Ranger School requirements. Make sure that any info you find is dated because there's still some outdated data online. I think it'll be automatic that he'll be sent tto Airborne School if it's a requirement.
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    Top,

    There was a guy that I heard recently say that the people who were not airborne qualified at Ranger school; just did not do the drop when moving onto another phase. I might be wrong. If I find that person, I will ask him.

    Again, the info may be outdated so that is why I referred him to you lol.
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    This is what I found via Google -

    "To be admitted, candidates must be airborne-qualified, have at least a year remaining on active duty and have the approval of their commanding officer. Furthermore, they must be proficient in a number of infantry skills, as well as holding the rank of at least a corporal if not coming from the 75th Ranger Regiment."

    I was pretty sure that was the case but not positive even though my son went through it. He went in with a contract for the 75th Ranger Regiment & Airborne was always a requirement for them.
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    The unit training NCO should be able to provide more details if he is able to get airborne school due to him being selected by his unit to go to Ranger.

    In my unit - if you did not had the pre-requisites for any hooah school, you were ineligible to apply because they will not fund you to get the pre-requisites and that takes more time from you being away from the unit.
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    Here is a thread that provides different info -- ahhh the confusion!! I guess this is why I am receiving conflicting info on which none is wrong. I guess it depends on the unit.

    https://forums.goarmy.com/message/479677

    5. Feb 18, 2011 7:29 PM (in response to ChapStout)
    Airborne... Ranger?
    "You do not have to be Ranger qualified to go to Airborne school, but if you are Ranger qualified, you do have to go to Airborne school." - WRONG

    You can have your tab and never go Airborne and just stick with your G identifier.

    6. Feb 18, 2011 8:40 PM (in response to ChapStout)
    Airborne... Ranger?
    Haha you really don't know what your talking about huh? The term "Airborne Ranger" is used to describe those who serve in the 75th Ranger Regiment. As you HAVE to be Airborne qual'd to be apart of. As stated below. You can go your whole career without being Airborne qual'd and have your Ranger tab (Ranger school is an advanced leadership school, that other people from different branches can attend. Ranger scroll and tab are two different beasts). Aother thing, You dont get Special Forces qualified, you get that tab at the completion of the pipeline, and once you get there you usually don't leave it unless you are getting out of the military. So too say that most Rangers are from the SF is 100% wrong.

    7. Apr 13, 2011 10:50 PM (in response to GoArmy0620)
    Airborne... Ranger?
    im confused now, so i dont have to be airborne to be a ranger?



    8. Apr 13, 2011 11:14 PM (in response to AndrewMeyer)
    Airborne... Ranger?
    Not to go to Ranger School. You do have to become Airborne qualified to serve in the 75th Ranger Regiment.

    11. May 11, 2011 9:56 AM (in response to king18)
    Airborne... Ranger?
    There are plenty of non-airborne personnel in Ranger school. When the airborne students jump in each phase the non-airborne are standing by on the ground. You do not have to be airborne to be Ranger qualified however to be in Ranger regiment you will become airborne qualified because it is an airborne unit.



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    So at least this confirms on what I heard in the past was correct and it may depend on the unit like this thread

    post 15 in this thread matches MSG Glenn's remarks

    http://www.nationalguard.com/forums/...+ranger+school

    Re: Ranger units in the Guard
    Although it is not the 75th, nor a "Ranger unit", the 1-143rd (A) is aiming to have the highest concentration of Ranger qualified troops in the NG. Once a troop is qualified with the proper mos, Airborne qualified, and passes a RPFT- they will have an opportunity to attend Ranger school when a slot is available.

    We have companies in Texas, Alaska, and Rhode Island...if you are interested, shoot me a Pm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BIGRREDD View Post
    He is top 5 in his group of 80 and has just completed the SPUR RUN
    I've always wanted to do a Spur Ride but those damn Scouts wouldn't let us because we're Tankers.
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    ten minutes than a Grunt squad can do all day.

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