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    Is it something where I go in, and as long as I meet the requirements, I get the contract? Or are there only a certain amount of slots? I don't mind waiting months for it, as long as I can get it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jd5989 View Post
    Is it something where I go in, and as long as I meet the requirements, I get the contract? Or are there only a certain amount of slots? I don't mind waiting months for it, as long as I can get it.
    It's very difficult getting an Option 40 contract. There are only so many slots available at RASP & it depends on how badly the 75th Ranger Regt needs men. Even with a 50% attrition at RASP, sometimes more, they usually have a fairly full manpower chart.

    If you have to wait for an option 40 contract use that time to your advantage getting into world-class shape. Many fail on the first day of RASP due to failing the APFT. AT a minimum you'll have to score 60 in each event at the 17-20 year age group requirements. BCT/AIT/OSUT will make you lose a step. I don't know how other initial entry training posts do it but at Infantry OSUT they place all of the option 40s & 18X recruits in the same platoon so the can do PT on their own & encourage each other. I say a minimum because the course is designed to weed out the unfit & unadaptable & it's quite physically demanding. You could pass the PT test & still wash out because of not being able to finish the obstacle course or other highly cardio/strength/stamina events like the Combat Water Survival Test amongst a host of others.

    If you get the option 40 contract you'll automatically go to Airborne School after IET & before RASP so there'd be no need to get that in your contract as well.
    If it's not possible to get an option 40 you'll have a slim chance of being given the opportunity for RASP at Infantry OSUT IF the 75th needs men & there aren't enough of them in the next class. In that case you'll want to score 270 minimum on the APFT because that's the criteria that will be used in the initial selection of Ranger candidates. Your Drill Sgt has to recommend you to go to RASP so you'd better be Super Trooper in basic.

    Ranger Recruiters normally start looking for volunteers at Infantry School but if the 75th has a need for other MOSs like Intel or whatever they'll start at those schools first. You probably have the best chance of an option 40 with an 11X contract. That MOS has the highest population in the 75th. Other operational MOSs are 68W & 13F. The others are either in a support job or very specialized like Intel or Signal.

    Make sure that you go for an MOS that the 75th has need of. For instance any Armor or Cavalry series 19 MOS aren't used there at all.


    If you have any further questions feel free to ask. If I don't know the answer my son, an Army Ranger SSG will. Even though he's out of the 3rd Batt & in a Reserve unit he has a lot of his buddies that are still there & bear in mind that he went through when RASP was still called RIP & conditions & requirements might have changed since then. Also most of the ops he went on & tactics, equipment & techniques are highly classified.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MSG Glenn View Post
    It's very difficult getting an Option 40 contract. There are only so many slots available at RASP & it depends on how badly the 75th Ranger Regt needs men. Even with a 50% attrition at RASP, sometimes more, they usually have a fairly full manpower chart.

    If you have to wait for an option 40 contract use that time to your advantage getting into world-class shape. Many fail on the first day of RASP due to failing the APFT. AT a minimum you'll have to score 60 in each event at the 17-20 year age group requirements. BCT/AIT/OSUT will make you lose a step. I don't know how other initial entry training posts do it but at Infantry OSUT they place all of the option 40s & 18X recruits in the same platoon so the can do PT on their own & encourage each other. I say a minimum because the course is designed to weed out the unfit & unadaptable & it's quite physically demanding. You could pass the PT test & still wash out because of not being able to finish the obstacle course or other highly cardio/strength/stamina events like the Combat Water Survival Test amongst a host of others.

    If you get the option 40 contract you'll automatically go to Airborne School after IET & before RASP so there'd be no need to gdt that in your contract as well.

    If it's not possible to get an option 40 you'll have a slim chance of being given the opportunity for RASP at Infantry OSUT IF the 75th needs men & there aren't enough of them in the next class. In that case you'll want to score 270 minimum on the APFT because that's the criteria that will be used in the initial selection of Ranger candidates. Your Drill Sgt has to recommend you to go to RASP so you'd better be Super Trooper in basic.

    Ranger Recruiters normally start looking for volunteers at Infantry School but if the 75th has a need for other MOSs like Intel or whatever they'll start at those schools first. You probably have the best chance of an option 40 with an 11X contract. That MOS has the highest population in the 75th. Other operational MOSs are 68W & 13F. The others are either in a support job or very specialized like Intel or Signal.

    Make sure that you go for an MOS that the 75th has need of. For instance any Armor or Cavalry series 19 MOS aren't used there at all.


    If you have any further questions feel free to ask. If I don't know the answer my son, an Army Ranger SSG will. Even though he's out of the 3rd Batt & in a Reserve unit he has a lot of his buddies that are still there & bear in mind that he went through when RASP was still called RIP & conditions & requirements might have changed since then. Also most of the ops he went on & tactics, equipment & techniques are highly classified.
    Thanks for the information.

    Right now I can get a 290 on the APFT. I am 21 years old and will have my bachelors degree in May 2011. What else do I need to give me an advantage at the contract?

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    The only advantage if you're otherwise fully qualified is if there's a need for more Rangers in the 75th Regiment. You could find out which MOSs they have a need for at that time. I don't know if a Recruiter can get you that info but if a certain MOS is offering option 40 contracts jump on it. They have quite a few, even Truck Driver & Cook. Get your foot in the door, pass RASP & Ranger School & sometime downrange reclassify to an operational job if you want to.
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    Great advice Top... thanks for.sharing...
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    jdnumbers, I understand that what you are vying for is a direct result of the increased quality (not quantity) in the US Army. To get an option 40 you must be an almost perfect human specimen indeed: Very young, US Citizen, top fit, above average math and writing skills, able to get a secret clearance, good moral and personal character (no police stuff) etc. Very few young people in America (unfortunately) qualify for those requirements right now. That is why so few apply because they know they can't make it. I believe the US Army is getting slowly away from the average 'john doe' type soldier and starting to recruit substantial people that will change the US Army to a smaller but high class fighting force. The result of this process will be that we are small, will not fight large wars in the future, but will be very effective.

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    You're absolutely right Master tanker. I think you & I both noticed the increase in the quality of young people entering the Army during our careers. Many enlisted & chose not to go in as an officer (or at least try to) with bachelors degrees & higher. Many were going in at an older age with job experience & maturity behind them. The Army has gotten to the point of needing skilled technicians able to operate/maintain cutting edge equipment as much as it needs shooters & those willing to do insurmoutable missions. I use my son as an example. Perfection isn't good enough for him. He always wants to do better both in schools as well as his shooting ability & PT. He's no longer satisfied with shooting expert or getting 300 on the APFT. All of his Ranger friends feel the same way & it's always a big competition between them as to who can do the best. I think our Army is in good hands.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jd5989 View Post
    Is it something where I go in, and as long as I meet the requirements, I get the contract? Or are there only a certain amount of slots? I don't mind waiting months for it, as long as I can get it.
    If that is what you want then do not sign a contract unless its on it guaranteed, but of course if you qualify for it, if they say you dont qualify then pick something else.

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    I was at the recruiting office today and they had a 92G slot open with an option 40 attached to it. It even had a 7K bonus.

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    there you go....

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