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CS and CSS soldiers may attend ranger school.

Soldiers in combat support (CS) and combat service support (CSS) branches of the Army may now attend Ranger School. In the past, attendance at Ranger School was limited to combat arms soldiers and those who were assigned to the 75th Ranger Regiment or the Ranger Training Brigade.

The change came about as a part of Task Force Soldier, a focus area of the Army Campaign Plan. According to Colonel K.K. Chinn, Ranger Training Brigade Commander, Task Force Soldier was looking for ways to build warrior ethos throughout the Army and concluded that more Ranger-qualified leaders would help to accomplish that goal. "Ranger training is important because it teaches soldiers what they need to know about small-unit tactics and how to fight and win in the close-combat, direct-fire battle," said Chinn. He believes that attending Ranger School "is the best life insurance policy you can get for you and your men."

Soldiers attending Ranger School must endure a rigorous 61-day course that pushes them to their physical and mental limits. The course consists of three phases: The Fort Benning (Georgia) Phase, the Mountain Phase, also conducted in Georgia, and the Florida Phase, which is conducted at Eglin Air Force Base.

To apply for Ranger School, a soldier must submit a Department of the Army Form 4187 (Request for Personnel Action) and the results of his Airborne or Ranger physical through the first lieutenant colonel in his chain of command to the installation Director of Plans and Training Management or G-3. Attendance is limited to soldiers for whom the Army's combat exclusion policy does not apply.
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Title Annotation:combat support, combat service support
Publication:Army Logistician
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jul 1, 2005
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