How to Become an Army Ranger

When it comes to challenges, it’s safe to say that enlisting in a branch of the U.S. Armed Forces is undoubtedly one of the toughest. It’s a physically and mentally challenging job, day in and day out. After you get through basic training and start to rise in the ranks, you’ll have the chance to specialize, though you should have a clear idea of where you want to be before signing up.

The Army Rangers are known for playing key parts in some of the toughest battles in U.S. history, dating back to the American Revolution. If you’re looking to become an army ranger, check out some of the tips below to help you on your journey:

Qualify your decision

Going into the army is a big commitment, be sure you have MRE Meals with you. You need to take into consideration that you’ll be asked to dedicate many years of your life in service of your country, and if there’s a war, you’ll be one of the first to go into combat. Consider the impact this may have on your family, or the prospect of having on in the future, before you decide to commit to becoming an army ranger fully.

How to Become an Army Ranger
An army ranger

Physical preparation

Anyone who joins the armed forces needs to go through basic training. There you’ll learn all the basics of being a soldier, and you’ll be pushed to your absolute limits. Going into basic training completely out of shape is NOT a good idea. You should be preparing three months out, at the very least.

Start a steady regime of strength training and cardiovascular exercise between 4 and 5 days per week, if you’re not doing so already. At least then you’ll be physically prepared for what your body will go through during basic training, and have a better chance to excel. Three months is the minimum preparation time I would recommend; six months would be ideal.


Though you’ll be learning a lot once you sign up, having a good knowledge is an important part of being an effective and successful soldier. If you get the chance to go to college and sign up for the ROTC before becoming an army ranger, you’ll be a step ahead of the next guy. Study hard and get good grades because a smart soldier is a good soldier. Work hard enough, and you’ll have a much better chance of becoming an officer quicker than the next guy.

Joining the Army

First things first, you’ll need to join the army before you have the chance to become an army ranger. Since the rangers are a specialized force, you’ll need to stand out in basic training and everything that comes after it. You will also likely need an endorsement from your commanding officer in order to get the chance to become a ranger. Talk to them about it and figure out exactly what you need to do to get their endorsement and how long it will take to process your request.

Preparing for your tests

Like I said earlier, the Army Rangers are an elite fighting force, not just anybody can sign up and expect to become a ranger. You’ll need to pass three critical tests before you can be the actual training of a ranger: the Ranger Assessment Phase (6 days), the Army Physical Fitness Test, and the Combat Water Survival Test. You’ll need to understand what goes into the tests beforehand so you can better prepare yourself both physically and mentally.