Combat Deployments

The 75th Ranger Regiment deploys more often, but for shorter durations than conventional military units. The Operations Tempo, or OpTempo, is so high that it is necessary to frequently rotate Rangers in and out of combat theaters to give them time to recuperate.

One thing people should keep in mind is that no two combat deployments are alike. You can spend your entire deployment doing back to back missions, rolling outside the wire and getting into fire fights several times a night. On the other hand, you could end up somewhere that is relatively pacified and you spend your days training out at the range, doing PT, playing video games, and knocking out some college courses online.

This is the gods’ honest truth about combat deployments, not only with Rangers, but with any unit, that you won’t hear about on CNN. The intensity of the deployment depends on a number of factors. Expect to see combat and see it often, but also expect the unexpected. Oh yeah, and don’t forget that the moment you let your guard down in that “pacified” area is when your convoy will get hit with an IED.

Rangers usually deploy in platoon or company strength but can also work together as a battalion or regiment when the mission profile calls for it. Since the Global War On Terror (GWOT) began, the Regiment has evolved quickly and effectively to counter the threats found on the modern battlefield.