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Ranger Training Brigade

Ranger Training Brigade

The Ranger Training Brigade, located approximately 10 miles from Main Post in the Harmony Church area, is the home of the U.S. Army Ranger School and the Reconnaissance and Surveillance Leaders Course. The Ranger course develops the combat arms-related functional skills of officers and enlisted volunteers who are eligible for assignment to units whose primary mission is to engage in the close combat, direct fire battle.

The Ranger course is 61 days long with an average of 19.6 hours of training per day, seven days a week. It is divided into three phases, with each phase being conducted at a different location.

The first phase, the Benning Phase, is conducted by the 4th Ranger Training Battalion. The Mountain Phase is conducted by the 5th Ranger Training Battalion at Camp Merrill near Dahlonega, Ga., and the final Florida Phase is conducted by the 6th Ranger Training Battalion at Camp Rudder, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

The Reconnaissance and Surveillance Leaders Course is designed to train reconnaissance leaders to plan and execute reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition missions in support of an intelligence collection plan. It is 26 days long, with an average training day of 15 hours, seven days a week. Given increased demand for proven reconnaissance professionals, the RSLC has significantly enhanced its program of instruction, class capacity and class frequency. Course curriculum is primarily designed to train leaders in Infantry, heavy and Stryker Brigade Combat Team reconnaissance battalions and squadrons, Infantry battalion reconnaissance platoons, long-range surveillance units, USMC reconnaissance units and Special Operations Forces personnel.

The Ranger Training Brigade also conducts the annual David E. Grange Jr. Best Ranger Competition in the spring. The BRC began in 1982 to salute the best two-man “buddy” team in the Ranger Department at Fort Benning. Since then, the competition has been refined to determine the best two-man Ranger team from the entire U.S. Armed Forces. The Best Ranger Competition is open to the public.

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