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Ranger tab

Ranger tab
Awarded by United States Army
Type Tab
Awarded for Graduation from U.S. Army Ranger School
Status Currently awarded
Established November 6, 1950[1]
Last awarded Ongoing
Next (higher) Special Forces Tab[2]
Next (lower) Sapper Tab
Official U.S. Army video about the Ranger Tab

The Ranger tab is a service school military decoration of the United States Army signifying completion of the 61-day-long Ranger School course in small-unit infantry combat tactics in woodland, mountain, and swamp operations.

Those graduating from Ranger School are presented with the Ranger Tab, which is worn on the upper shoulder of the left sleeve of a military uniform, as specified in Army Regulation 670–1, "Wear and Appearance of Army Uniforms and Insignia."[3] Wearing the tab is permitted for the remainder of a soldier's military career. The cloth version of the tab is worn on the Army Combat Uniform and Class-A dress uniform of the U.S. Army; a smaller, metal version is worn on the new Army Service Uniform.[4]

It is currently one of four permanent individual skill/marksmanship tabs authorized for wear by the U.S. Army. In order of seniority, they are the President's Hundred Tab, the Special Forces Tab, the Ranger Tab, and the Sapper Tab. Only three may be worn at one time.

U.S. Marines presented with the Ranger Tab are not authorized to wear it on their uniforms. U.S. Airmen presented with the Ranger Tab are authorized to wear it on their uniforms pursuant to AFI 36-2903 (Dress and Appearance).[5] The tab must be worn in a properly presented way on the upper crest of the left sleeve. As of 2014, about 300 airmen have successfully completed the Army Ranger School and have been awarded the Ranger Tab.[6]

Award eligibility

The Commandant of the United States Army Infantry School may award the Ranger Tab to any person who successfully completed a Ranger Course conducted by that school.[1]

The Commander,

  1. ^ a b c Army Quartermaster Museum, Fort Lee, Virginia, U.S. Army Ranger Tab
  2. ^ (24 June 2013). Table 8-1, U.S. Army Badges and Tabs: Orders of precedence. p. 120Military AwardsArmy Regulation 600-8-22
  3. ^ AR 670-1: Wear and Appearance of Army Uniforms and Insignia
  4. ^ 578.98 Ranger Tab
  5. ^ "Air Force Guidance Memorandum to AFI 36-2903, Dress and Personal Appearance of Air Force Personnel" (PDF). United States Air Force. 12 August 2014. Retrieved 23 October 2015. 
  6. ^ Caputo, Senior Airman Victor (9 August 2014). "2 Airmen join Army's elite". United States Air Force. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 


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