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I am writing a research paper. In it, I will refer to one of my friends. I'm not in the SOF world so I just want to get this right. Keep in mind, the paper is for civilians, so the exact language doesn't need to be precise, just respectful.

I want to say "with one of my colleagues, an Army Ranger in an infantry battalion down the road, admitting to me..."
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The U.S. Army Ranger Association is the oldest organization currently in existence that supports members of the Ranger community regardless of the conflict in which they served or the unit to which they were assigned. The Association has been asked to weigh in on the question of who qualifies to use the title U.S. Army Ranger. Those who study Ranger history will know that this until-now good natured barracks debate has flared in one form or another for at least seventy years. The short answer to this question is that anyone who graduated from the U.S. Army's Ranger School or who served in a Ranger-designated unit qualifies. These qualifications have been enshrined, albeit in a bit more detail, within our bylaws for decades and are consistent with the stance taken by the Department of the Army.

https://members.ranger.org/Who-Is-A-Ranger

“There is no official U.S. Army policy regarding the use of the term ‘Ranger,’” said Lt. Col. Ramirez, the spokesman with the Army’s Office of the Chief of Public Affairs, adding that “The designation ‘Ranger’ has been associated with Soldiers who either graduated from Ranger School or are assigned to the 75th Ranger Regiment.”

https://taskandpurpose.com/news/army-ranger-school-policy-unknown/

Bottom line, anyone who served in a Ranger unit or graduated from Ranger School can be called a Ranger.
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Outstanding. Thank you.
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1LT (Join to see) I hope this clears up any confusion regarding the "Ranger" question. You can use the published source material to cite the official statements for your research paper.
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MAJ (Join to see) The paper is actually on biblical counseling for soldiers who experience depression. No citation will be needed for the brief reference to my friend, but it's still incredibly helpful to have this official stance from this NPO. As well, to know that there is nothing doctrinal about it, it's just a cultural thing.
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If you were ever in the Regiment, or worked near them, you would have often heard "the tab is a school, the scroll is a way of life," implying that in contrast to those who did it for 70 days, they do it every day as a job.

In the context of any Infantry officer in any Infantry Bn, they would all be Ranger School graduates, and it would be redundant to mention that they completed Ranger school.
If they are any other basic or special branch in an Infantry Bn, I suppose it would be worth pointing it out if that experience was also germane to the topic.
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SPC Elijah J. Henry, MBA
SPC Elijah J. Henry, MBA
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You would expect or hope they would all be tabbed, but there aren't enough slots to go around, and many Infantry Officers are not tabbed.
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SPC Elijah J. Henry, MBA - Many Infantry officers failed to complete Ranger School, but if they are COMPO 1, they all went to Ranger School from IBOLC, just like they always went from IOBC. in about 3 waves of 70 to 90 LTs per class. The 2nd and 3rd waves get the other short schools up front: ABN, scout leader, MLOC, etc.
The most recent complete IBOLC had 71 already in or reserved for classes in Ranger school, and 37 attending things like Maintenance Leader and Stryker leader, pending a Ranger school reservation, or have been swapping out of reservations pending clearing a temp profile.
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SPC Elijah J. Henry, MBA
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Rangers appreciate that you seek to say this right. I suggest the following: "with one of my colleagues, a Ranger-qualified Officer in an Infantry battalion down the road, admitting to me..."
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That's how it went at first, but to the civilian that is confusing and misleading. I anticipate the reader thinking "qualified" as either, "that dude ain't a ranger yet", as they confuse the idea with candidate, or "he must be some sort of subpar ranger".
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SGT Ruben Lozada
SGT Ruben Lozada
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1LT (Join to see). Excellent point. You can write that until the Soldier is within the Ranger course or school, He or She is still considered a candidate until the Soldier actually completes the program and graduates, earning Him or Her the opportunity to wear the Ranger tab.
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SPC Elijah J. Henry, MBA
SPC Elijah J. Henry, MBA
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1LT (Join to see) perhaps call him a "Ranger School graduate."
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