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United States Army Rangers

The United States Army Rangers are designated U.S. Army Ranger units, past or present, or are graduates of the U.S. Army Ranger School. The term ranger has been in use unofficially in a military context since the early 17th century. The first military company officially commissioned as rangers were English soldiers fighting in King Philip's War (1676) and from there the term came into common official use in the French and Indian Wars. There have been American military companies officially called Rangers since the American Revolution.

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Seen here is Team 5 from the Best Ranger Competition 2013, SSG Anthony Vasquez and SSG Joshua Rolfes of the 4th Infantry Division. This team persevered despite a major set back early on in the competition that froze them in 24th place. Though Team 5 acquired more points total than any other team, which should have granted them first place, the technicality forced them to forfeit the award to Team 34, SFC Raymond M. Santiago and SFC Timothy S. Briggs of the Ranger Training Brigade.

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Seen here is SSG Anthony Vasquez doing the Prusik Climb in the Best Ranger Competition of 2013.

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The Best Ranger Competition was started in 1982 by Dick Leandri. This grueling three-day competition pushes the best two-man teams in the United States Armed Forces to their physical and mental limits. It takes place in Fort Benning, GA, but competitors come from all over the country. Competitors are saluted as some of the best soldiers while the winners are recognized as the most elite serving the United States.

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