The Rangers of the U.S. Army are an elite infantry force trained to conduct specialized operations to reinforce the policies of the United States. The Rangers have earned a reputation over time as one of the world’s premier fighting forces, their extensive and diverse history dating them back to colonial America. Their fighting spirit and training doctrine are rooted in that history, resulting in the proud and selective force that operates on the modern battlefield. This entry discusses the history of the Rangers and the training and operations of Rangers in the present-day U.S. Army.

Origins of the Rangers

In early America, citizens relied on locally recruited militias for security when lacking the means to organize and equip a formal military. When Native American attacks threatened local ...

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