MTNTOUGH Visits The 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Moore

Join us on an incredibly exciting and absolutely unforgettable journey as we take you along to visit the prestigious 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Moore. 

Dustin and Nate traveled to Fort Moore to connect, workout, discuss and learn from the 75th Ranger Regiment. They led the Rangers through some MTNTOUGH training, as well as tried their hand at some of the Ranger's intense physical conditioning. They were blown away by the fitness level of these guys, and learned a ton from this once in a lifetime trip. 

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Who is the 75th Ranger Regiment?

The 75th Ranger Regiment, is a premier light-infantry unit of the United States Army Special Operations Command (USASOC). Its history is marked by valor, skill, and a series of reorganizations and reactivations that reflect its evolution in response to the changing needs of the U.S. military and its missions around the world.

Origins and World War II

The roots of the Ranger Regiment trace back to the French and Indian Wars, but the modern Rangers were officially formed during World War II. Inspired by the British Commandos, the U.S. Army established its own Ranger units to conduct special operations. The first of these units, the 1st Ranger Battalion, was activated on June 19, 1942, in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. It was commanded by Major William O. Darby, who is often celebrated as the father of the modern Rangers.

During World War II, Ranger units were notable for their involvement in several critical operations, including the assault on Dieppe, the invasions of North Africa and Sicily, and the D-Day landings at Normandy. Their daring actions behind enemy lines, including raids, intelligence gathering, and the disruption of enemy operations, set the stage for the future role of the Rangers in U.S. military history.

Cold War and Reformation

After World War II, the Ranger units were disbanded, but the need for specialized light infantry was recognized during the Korean War, leading to the reactivation of Ranger units. However, these units were again deactivated after the conflict.

The modern 75th Ranger Regiment was reactivated in 1974 during the Cold War, in response to the growing need for an elite light infantry force. It was formed with the activation of the 1st Ranger Battalion. The 2nd and 3rd Ranger Battalions were subsequently activated in 1974 and 1984, respectively. These battalions were designed to be highly mobile, with the capability to deploy anywhere in the world within 18 hours.

Recent History and Operations

Since its reactivation, the 75th Ranger Regiment has been involved in numerous operations across the globe, reflecting its versatility and the changing nature of warfare. Rangers have played significant roles in operations in Grenada (Operation Urgent Fury), Panama (Operation Just Cause), Somalia (as part of Task Force Ranger in Operation Gothic Serpent, which included the battle depicted in "Black Hawk Down"), Afghanistan, and Iraq.

The regiment has continuously adapted to the modern battlefield, incorporating advanced technology, tactics, and training to maintain its edge. Rangers undergo rigorous selection and training processes, including the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program (RASP) and the Ranger School, which is renowned for its difficulty.

Legacy and Impact

The 75th Ranger Regiment's legacy is one of elite performance, bravery, and adaptability. Rangers are known for their mantra, "Rangers lead the way!" reflecting their readiness to take on the most challenging missions. The regiment's history is not just a record of military engagements but a testament to the evolution of U.S. military special operations capabilities. Today, the 75th Ranger Regiment stands as a critical component of the United States' military might, ready to deploy rapidly in response to threats anywhere in the world.