In yet another move to increase its combat effectiveness and retention, the 75th Ranger Regiment rolled out the PHALANX program.
The initiative is centered on three pillars:
- Human Performance (performance enhancement opportunities, holistic health assessments, world-class offsite care tailored to each individual)
- Career (mastery of Ranger fundamentals and competences, more time in key positions — a minimum of 18 months — credentials for Ranger training)
- Education (executive-level education resources, professional certifications and vocational training — that would translate into to more opportunities in civilian life — battalion education counselors — a rough equivalent of academic advisors in universities — and degree pathways tailored to the individual)
According to the 75th Ranger Regiment, the “PHALANX is built on the foundations established by the Ranger For Life (RFL) program. The Regiment created RFL to prime Rangers for continued success in all their endeavors beyond life in the Regiment. PHALANX will enable Rangers to succeed within the Regiment while developing them mentally, physically, and professionally.”
Aside from improving the quality of life and combat effectiveness of Rangers serving in the battalions, the PHALANX program has a secondary, less visible objective: to make the Regiment a more attractive workplace for aspiring Rangers. A great portion of the 75th Ranger Regiment’s applicant pool is comprised of young Americans who want to do four-years in an elite outfit before moving on with their lives.