In its quest to become more independent and lethal, the 75th Ranger Regiment is offering significant monetary bonuses for specific Military Occupational Specialties (MOS).
There are three categories of bonuses:
$20K: 25C (Radio Operator-Maintainer), 89B (Ammunition Specialist), 92R (Parachute Rigger), 92G (Culinary Specialist), 92Y (Unit Supply Specialist).
$10K: 15W (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Operator), 27D (Paralegal Specialist), 35G (Signals Intelligence Officer), 42A (Human Resources Specialist), 88A (Transportation, General), 91S (Stryker Systems Maintainer), 92A (Quartermaster Officer), 94E (Radio & Communications Security and Equipment Repairer)
$5K: 25P (Microwave Systems Operator/Maintainer), 25U (Signal Support Systems Specialist), 35M (Human Intelligence Collector), 36B (Financial Management Technician), 91B (Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic), 91F (Small Arms/Towed Artillery Repairer), 92W (Water Treatment Specialist), 94F (Computer/Detection Systems Repairer)
The bonuses, however, apply only to Soldiers who enlisted without an Option 40 contract — Option 40 contracts guarantee a spot to the Ranger Assessment and Selection Process (RASP).
The 75th Ranger Regiment is comprised of five battalions:
- 1st Ranger Battalion based in Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia
- 2nd Ranger Battalion based in Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington
- 3rd Ranger Battalion based in Fort Benning, Georgia
- Special Troops Battalion (STB) based in Fort Benning, Georgia
- Military Intelligence Battalion (MIB) based in Fort Benning, Georgia
Interesting, the 75th Ranger Regiment is also looking for Civil Affairs (38A) officers, among numerous other officer MOS. An unknown component of Army Spec Ops, Civil Affairs provides commanders with a critical bridge to the local population.
Earlier this year, the 75th Ranger Regiment was offering $10K bonuses even to infantrymen (11 series).
Ever since the Global War on Terror (GWOT) began, the Regiment has had to up its game. Pre-9/11, the Regiment was tasked with essentially two missions: Airfield seizure and pulling security for the nation’s direct action Special Mission Units (SMU), Delta Force and SEAL Team 6 — it did so more frequently for the former. Each Ranger Battalion was paired with a Delta Squadron — at that time, Delta had three Assault Squadrons (A, B, C) — and they rotated in the readiness cycle.
With the plethora of targets in Afghanistan and Iraq, the 75th Ranger Regiment gradually increased its skillset to include standalone counterterrorism missions. It also added a fourth line company to each battalion (D company). Fast forward to today: the Regiment provides scalable (from a single platoon to the whole regiment) light infantry solutions to any problem (conventional or special operations).
There is, however, a downside with the Regiment’s expanded role. The perpetual cycle of training and deploying has had an impact on retention, particularly in the non-commissioned officer ranks, which are the brain and moving force of every unit. It only remains to be seen how the Regiment will cope with its expanded role.