Richard Hanlon; phony Green Beret

| September 27, 2017 | 130 Comments

Our partners at Guardians of the Green Beret send us their work on this fellow Richard “Rich” Hanlon. Rich claims to be Ranger and Special Forces qualified;

The folks at Guardians of Green Beret struck up a conversation with him on social media;

Rich replied he was 1st Group Ft Lewis and 1SOG Cape Canaveral, late 70’s early 80’s. We’re not even sure what the heck he means when he says 1SOG Cape Canaveral as there’s no such unit. He then goes on to volunteer he went through Class 5 Ranger School, Benning, Steward, Tallahassee FL 1976 or 77. Winter class, honor grad. Rich goes on to add that he was 1st Group Ft Lewis and 1SOG Cape Canaveral, late 70’s early 80’s. MOS 11B2V… 1st 323, SF was 18

So lets look at these statements:

1st SFG(A) claims at Ft Lewis Late 70’s to early 80’s

Of all the years Rich Hanlon, Fake Green Beret could pick, those are probably the worst. 1st Grp was Group inactivated 28 June 1974 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and reactivated 4 September 1984 at Fort Lewis, Washington. Late 70’s is after 74 and Early 80’s is before 84. He should have done some more research in his lie.

Class 5 Ranger School, Benning, Steward, Tallahassee FL 1976 or 77

Ranger Class 5-76 or 5-77 doesn’t fall in “Winter” class time. Steward is spelled Stewart. Ranger School has nothing in Tallahassee. He should have said 6th RTB @ Eglin.

Also, almost all Rangers remember their class number. They instill it into their memory banks. For him to not even remember the year? LOL

11B2V, 1st 323, and SF was 18

V would mean he had a Ranger Tab. That’s a false statement. Confirmed by both RTB and his FOIA results. 1st SFG(A) wasn’t even in existence in the years he claims. “If” his claiming 18 as an MOS, he should have add 18C. Had he actually been an 18C, he’d have known that.

So, he didn’t research his lies very well;

We do see an 18 series on his 2-1 however, this is only a slot he filled. Nothing in his records backs up his ability to claim being a Green Beret. We see zero time in his records as having attend, much less graduating the Special Forces Qualification Course. His records also confirm beyond doubt he has no right to claim to have earned the Ranger Tab.

Assigned to a Ranger unit, yes. Ability to wear the Ranger Tab, no.

Assigned to a Special Forces unit, yes. Ability to claim being a Green Beret, No

Category: Phony soldiers

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  1. 1610desig says:

    He can reliably claim to be a flaming homo wearing that outfit

  2. MCPO NYC USN Ret. says:

    You guys are so dumb!

    1SOG Cape Canaveral is the FIRST SPECIAL OPERATIONS GROUP located at Cape Canaveral, Florida.

    Yes, that Cape Canaveral … NASA! Home of Mercury, Gemini, Apollo and Space Shuttle missions in Florida.

    They specialized in sub and full orbital BLACK OPS.

    GOGGLE IT!

    • Frankie Cee says:

      That is correct MCPO NYC USN Ret., and as we who are “up on things Ranger/Special Forces”, we know that he must have filled either a Space Shuttle Door Gunner slot, or was one of those who rode “Outside Protection” on the launches. This dude is so high speed, that he could help lift the shuttle into orbit. Honor Grad is one hell of a claim. God, we need more of these heroes.

      • Old Trooper says:

        Hey!!!! Don’t be giving him any cred for my beloved Space Shuttle Door Gunner MOS!!!! He ain’t that high speed! Plus, I don’t ever remember him out with us plank owners!

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      Unless he has the Space Shuttle Doorgunner School certificate, he can’t even claim that. It is given out sparingly, to only a few very speshul solles.

      And your REAL name is never, ever put on it, because it is soooo Seekrit Squirrelly that no one will admit you were there.

      • Hack Stone says:

        I’ve seen one of those certificates. They are so highly classified that they are presented as completely blank sheets of white paper, and are secreted into a 500 ream of 8 1/2″ X 12″ paper. I have one framed and mounted on my I Love Me Wall. I did not earn it, but it is to honor the accomplishments of true American hero, Daniel Bernath.

    • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

      THAT SNIVELING LITTLE WINO-BLOWING SHIT named Richard Hanlon IS NOT an Apollo Mission Door Gunner like ME so PISS ON HIM, I bet he couldn’t even clean the dust off of the M666 Plasma Burst Gun that I manned!!!

  3. ChipNASA says:

    His Facebook page has MANY posts *WIDE* open, like his asshole is about to get.

    You know the “DRILL”….

    He serves and now has SHIT *ALL* over that.

    Dumb fuck.

  4. Martinjmpr says:

    So he went the jump school after AIT and was assigned to the B co 2/75 Rangers at Lewis… where he only stayed for less than a year?

    Odd. Would they have had RIP back then? Jonn, you were in 1/75 just a few years before this, weren’t you?

    If he stayed in for ~10 months 761115 – 770930) then he must have completed RIP (if they had RIP back then.) But he did something to get him bounced out to leg-land that wasn’t severe enough to cost him a stripe.

    Might have been just lack of motivation or PT failure (failure to perform to the higher Ranger standards, that is.) Or he could have been a slob or a shitbag in the Regiment.

    From what I’ve heard about the Ranger regiment, they have a low tolerance for bullshit, especially from a private. Don’t want to be here? Bye bye, pack your shit and move down the road to leg-land.

  5. Green Thumb says:

    The turd gets the “Toolkit” award.

    Shitbag.

  6. Martinjmpr says:

    Reading on…I see after he left active duty he did a stint with the 12th SFG(A), USAR.

    It would be interesting to see his USAR DD-214. He was assigned to a Duty MOS of 18C30, which would have been an E-6 Special Forces Engineer Sergeant.

    Now, back in the early 80’s, it was possible to get a “paper tab”, that is, to do the MOS portion of the SF Qualification Course through correspondence. I saw this when I was in 5/19th SFG (COARNG) from 1983 to 1984.

    I don’t know if the USAR SF groups ever did the “paper tab” or if they would have done it at this time (after 1987 when Hanlon enlisted in the USAR.) Maybe some of the SF folks here can shed light on this.

    It appears he was only assigned to the 12th SF Group for about 8 months (June 87 to February 88.) I don’t think that’s enough time for any kind of tab, paper or real.

    Again, a guess but he was probably assigned to the slot and then flaked out before he started the school.

    • Bobo says:

      I was thinking the same thing. He went into the USAR as a SMP cadet while going to college and got tied into the USAR’s 12th group. They probably had an open 18C slot and put him in that para/lin. I can’t imagine that they had any intent to actually send him to selection or SFQC, though, since he was tracking to be commissioned through ROTC. They probably got some free labor from the cadet, and he got to get some jumps in.

      What’s interesting is that it looks like he didn’t finish ROTC, either.

    • 19D2OR4 - Smitty says:

      Might have just been administratively positioned there as well.

      My first unit I held a 19K1O position as a 19D1O. Currently I am holding a 19D2V position. But am neither Airborne, nor Ranger qualified.

      Side note* It’s kind of odd they coded all of the NCO slots in an armored Cavalry squadron as Airborne Ranger. Seeing as how we are not infantry and Bradley’s don’t take kindly to parachutes.

      • Dinotanker says:

        Holy Crap Smitty! I have been away too long. WTF? Are now 19D’s supposed to be airborne ranger etc? Would have been news to most of the NCO’s I served with in E/303 and G/2/163 many moons ago. We had some Airborne Ranger guys but they were Viet Nam vets who were originally 11B/C’s who joined the National Guard and ended up in Cavalry or ACR’s.

  7. MCPO NYC USN Ret. says:

    And if you are not convinced of his LEGITITISM, he was honor grad, hand tied on Tab with white thread (not green or blue or orange or any other appropriate color), took home the guideon, and if that was not enough … took home the Gerber boot knife too … but lost it in a Gay Friend (GF) breakup.

    And he was out getting beer with the craziest Male Friend (MF) who he likes to spoon with.

    So, for all you doubters he is LEGIT!

  8. Martinjmpr says:

    Makes you wonder what happened between 1988 and 1993 when he was discharged from the USAR.

    Also that FOIA form! “Basic Airbourne School?” Is that where they teach you to be an assassin like Jason Bourne while jumping from a plane? And a record of jump school but no jump wing badge listed under awards? Whichever clerk typed that form up must have been on his way to lunch.

  9. Patrick408 says:

    Funny how they can’t remember unit names, time frames and MOS’s ect..
    but he remembers honor man and gerber knife?
    I think every Marine remembers the names of their DI’s, even my WWII buddy who enlisted Jan 1942 can still remember his, yet alone a SF unit or any outfit you served with.
    Another POS who served his country only to shit all over his name with a stupid lie.

  10. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    Cocksucker.

  11. The Other Whitey says:

    Did he ever get over Macho Grande?

  12. Jeff LPH 3, 63-66 says:

    Amazing how Florida keeps popping up with these peeps.

  13. Combat Historian says:

    He should have just stated he was a long-tabber with 2-75 Rangers for a while before moving on to other assignments and he would have been telling the truth, but telling the truth is never enough with some of these douchebags; I can only shake my head and ask why…

    • RGR 4-78 says:

      Trouble is he didn’t qualify for the Long Tab.

      • Frankie Cee says:

        Most likely, seeing “Engineer” in his FOIA, he was “support” for whatever unit he was with. We have lots of guys in 6th Rangers who aren’t Rangers, not even jumpers. They fill OPFOR slots, S-4, etc.

        • Martinjmpr says:

          RC units aren’t nearly as strict as AD units about putting MOS Qualified soldiers into slots. They’ll slot a non-MOS qualified soldier in a specific duty position until the soldier can either become MOS qualified or until another slot can be found.

          Support personnel in SF units tend to either be supply/logistics types (mechanics, cooks, armorers, etc) personnel (S1), communications or military intelligence.

          Note that Hanlon was assigned to the ODB, a/k/a the Company HQ. He was not assigned to a team (ODA.)

      • rgr769 says:

        He wasn’t qualified to wear any tab once they booted him from 2/75th Inf, especially including the Ranger unit scroll.

  14. Martinjmpr says:

    Another example of a guy with a perfectly respectable military past who felt the need to shit all over it with embellishment.

    An airborne (note the correct spelling! 😉 ) qualified infantryman with at least some service in a Ranger battalion, made it up to the junior NCO ranks and kept his nose clean enough for a good cookie. Discharged at exactly 4 years of active service.

    A perfectly honorable military resume that anyone should be proud to have.

    Without one tiny bit of embellishment he’s already head and shoulders above most of the couldn’t-hack-it ELS’s or the served-3-years-and-got-out-as-an-E1 scumbags who pretend to be SF or Ranger or SEAL.

    And yet….he had to go and claim shit he never earned. Nobody would have batted an eye if he’d simply said what he actually did.

    Incomprehensible….

    • Combat Historian says:

      My sentiments as well; he was an airborne qualified 11 Bravo who served some time in a Ranger battalion; that is something to be proud of. I just don’t understand the need to embellish and lie to turn himself into Johnny Rambo…

  15. 1610desig says:

    Nice couple of photos you added, Jonn…that last one where he’s sporting the Ranger cap suggests he needs to conduct some serious counterflooding to level that smirk….and I imagine truckers are lining up to fill his other cheek

  16. HMCS(FMF) ret says:

    I’m guessing that RICHARD HANLON works balls, tickles taints and has been a fluffer on every ghey porn set for the last 15 years…

  17. Ex-PH2 says:

    Richard Hanlon is the epitome of The Jerk Personified. I can find no better example, not even a — oh, never mind.

    He is someone who definitely does not know when to shut his mouth, because if he did, it would be inserted almost up to the knee joint, would it?

  18. IDC SARC says:

    Rich’s latest resistance technique: “I’m not a poser, you’re a poser.” lol

  19. MCPO NYC USN Ret. says:

    Army units and jargon is not easy, particularly when you are faking it.

    He could have said:

    “I was a BM3 on a cruiser, yeah that’s it, the USS BRUISED LIVER (CG-15), look it up on the web, you will find me”.

    Everyone would have believed him!

  20. rgr769 says:

    Lying, lying poser. First, Class 5 back in his alleged timeframe started in the summer months; the first winter ranger class is Class No. 7, which usually started in November and ends in late January. My class 7 started on Nov. 13 and ended on Jan. 22. And we did joke that we should sew our tabs on with white thread, as we were snowed upon in the field several times in Dahlonega, GA at the Mt. Ranger camp. The 12th SFG(A) was a reserve unit. Most reserve and NG SF units allowed people to join who were not SF qualified, which he never was. The idea being that they will ultimately be sent to the school. The fact he only lasted 10 or 11 months with a Ranger battalion on AD as an infantryman says it all for me. He is a phony SOS and likely was a No Go as a non-tabbed ranger.

  21. PIneywoods NCO says:

    Hey everyone, Rich Hanlon is the real life Red Forman from the 70’s Show..

    Dumbass he is.

  22. Green Thumb says:

    This turd is also “Ball in-the-mouth Qualified”.

  23. IDC SARC says:

    Stand back and prepare to eat humble pie y’all. Rich has a RANGER COIN.

    Legit!

  24. Tony180A says:

    Jeeez I don’t know where to start with this lying sack of shit!! 18C huh? And assigned to the B team no less. I’d love to grill this fucker on some calc and placement and each wrong answer gets a boot up his ass!

    Granted qualified 18 series soldiers can find themselves assigned to some pretty exotic assignments but it’s nothing you can fill out a 4187 and go to. I did run into one of my old Company SGM at Peterson AFB who was assigned to Space Command but I’m raising the Bullshit Flag on this Turds Cape Canaveral gig.

  25. HMC Ret says:

    Hey, Butt Wipe, does it bother you to know that every generation of your offspring, until the end of time, will be able to read what has been and will be written about you? You served, something most don’t do, but you discredited your service with BS. I don’t understand people like you.

  26. lily says:

    I read some books about LRRPs in Vietnam. Apparently back then you didn’t need any Ranger training to become a LRRP. You would complete basic infantry training and when you got to Vietnam you would volunteer for the LRRP unit. That was in the early days of the war. Then they started the Ranger training in the latter days of the war. LRRPs didn’t like the like the 6 man Ranger teams because it made it more difficult to infiltrate enemy territory. Before the LRRPs were 4 man teams.

    Though LRRPs are considered Rangers they didn’t go through any special school at first. They were sent to a school set up by SF in Vietnam called “Recondo school”.

    • rgr769 says:

      You are only partly correct. In my Ranger company, the company conducted its own Recondo Course which was 3 weeks in duration. Many of our junior NCO’s had been to Ranger School at Benning so they did not need to go through our Recondo school or the Recondo school conducted at Nha Trang by 5th SFG(A). Non-Ranger school trained members had to successfully complete either our company course or the SF recon course to serve on the LRRP teams. We recruited combat experienced volunteers from the Division’s infantry battalions, not people that just finished AIT and had no combat experience. Army LRRP teams were always 6 men. (Anyway, that is what our TOE called for.) Teams were infil’d by helicopter 90% of the time. So, only four men on the bird didn’t make it easier. So, I am unaware of any four man LRRP teams. Even MACV/SOG used recon teams of more than 6 men to conduct their recon ops.
      There was no “Ranger” school in RVN earlier or later in the war. I was there from June, 1970 to Oct. ’71. So, some of what you read is erroneous. Since I commanded a Ranger (LRRP) company I know of what I speak. I also read all the official, then current Army doctrine on LRRP operations in RVN, in addition to conducting them. LRRP companies were re-designated “Ranger” companies in February, 1969, IIRC. Before that they were letter companies of the 50th, 51st, and 52nd Inf. Regts.; for example, Co. E/51st Inf. became Co. G/75th Inf. The companies continued to function the same after the re-badge with the same personnel and organization.

  27. Frankie Cee says:

    Checking Rich Hanlon’s page this morning, I noticed that he has been scrubbing the links back to this post, and he also took down his ironing fetish post. And he was so proud of himself in that post, putting a selfie of him ironing and all.

  28. Chief says:

    i vote for the wall-o-insults…

    this guy is just a complete POS.

    • ChipNASA says:

      I have a request for the Wall of Insults®™ .
      Do I have a Second?

      • Combat Historian says:

        I second it…

        • ChipNASA says:

          We have a Second, (Thanks CH)….
          Do we have any Aye Votes??

          • ChipNASA says:

            Guys? Hello? Guys?? *taps* IS this thing on ?!?! (Keeping it on the front page.)

          • ChipNASA says:

            My trigger finger is getting itchy….
            😀

          • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

            AYE!!!

            • ChipNASA says:

              ABOUT GODDAMN TIME YOU DICKWEEDS!!!!!!
              (Thanks A Proud Infidel®™)
              At least SOMEBODY is fucking paying attention today.

              The new game is to FIND THE NEW INSULTS!!!! I’m going to try to add 1 or 2 between usages.
              MAKE THE Wall of Insults®™ GREAT AGAIN

              Wall of Insults®™
              FIRE IN THE HOLE!!!!
              TACTICAL NUCLEAR ROUND OUT!!!!
              DANGER CLOSE!!!!
              MOPP LEVEL 4!!!
              TAKE COVER!!!!!

              Richard “Rich” Hanlon , is NOT a Special Forces *ANYTHING*, IS a GIANT PHONEY, ALLEGEDLY, but not confirmed or proven, but in some people’s opinion, works balls, tickles taint and tongue punches hobo’s crusty fart boxes all, I Guess, while being a syphilitic, turd-sucking feces factory, Bitch-ass Fuckstick guzzler, pile infested, onion-eyed flapmouthed butt-bailiff, “Fowl” mouthed Chicken Fucking Chickenfucker, moral equivalent of pond scum, THIS MOTHERFUCKER IS A WALKING TURD, inflamed, “Towel boy” in a gay bath house, Ambulatory verbal dissembling anus, gaping ass fungus nugget, Cambodian cunt sauce, Poopy Headed ball working asshole, Poster-child for abortion, Swallowing Spoo Sampler, shit tonguing, munching wanktoaster, cock gobbling, lientery steatorrhea, sperm burping, tit, sniveling, codpiece licking toilet seat sniffer, lying bucket of Chihuahua shit, taintpimple, Pillow bitin pickle smoocher, Bowl of ass soup, Festering fuckwart on a sewer rat’s ass, needle dick bug fucker, Satan even said about you, “Boy is this guy a DICK!, Sparklepony, Toilet weasel, worthless, Vice Admiral of the Narrow Seas, Blows winos behind bus stops for a nickel and gives change, More worthless than rubber lips on a woodpecker or tits on a boar hog, moldy bowl of ratshit, would wear Richard Simmons’ used jockstrap as a facemask, useless bag of monkey fuck, rancid floor buffer wax spreader, both of your Grandmothers should have had an abortion, just in case, Mayor Grundle of Scrotumburg and Anusville, waste of oxygen, prickwrinkler, anal sphincter canyon yodeling phallic squeezer, numbnuts, snowball, giggling beerflecked canker blossom , maybe a “buggerer of little boys”, rottencrotched, rump wrangling, colostomy bag curator, culo de chongo, booger eating fuckbucket, Lemon Party-lusting fruitcake, putrid, rotting, Santorum Stained Molting Muscrat, whoreson whale’s carcass, overzealous polyp burglar, bed wetting, follows in Victorious Felder’s bovine excrement -filled boots, I wanna get a running start and drop kick him right in the ‘ol yogurt gun, toadstool slime-inhaling dickdrizzling sludge, as fucked up as an opossum eating shit out of a hairbrush, Champion Jailhouse Baloney Pony Rider, moron, Poodle Raper, Prevaricating orally diarrhetic sphincter mouth, Cock Bagel and Dick Doughnut, Straight Up Stupid Motherfucker, this buttmunch needs to eat out the rotten asshole of a road-killed skunk, baby unit, one eyed snake charmer, you’ll never be the man your mother is, Odious Twonk, likes to suck the turds out of rabid dogs bungholes, baby cave, ax wound drippings ,terminal crotch infection, asshat, dick pickle, It looks like he smeared super glue on his lip and chin and went down on Whoopi Goldberg’s cootchie, wanker, herpes-ridden dung beetle target, first volunteer for being part of a jailhouse human centipede, should eat a nice steaming pile of monkey shit you ass clown, helmet wearing short bus riding window licker, Head paddler in the douche canoe, more ate up than a chocolate dildo in a crowded gay bar, shitbag, dipstickus giganticus, Humpty Dumpty cleanup man after the fleet visits Naples, poofter, knob gobbling, fimicolous galactic Jackoff, Assistant Jizz mopper in training, inbred, toe-jam from an infected Filipino hooker that specializes in foot jobs, tortured turnip turd, festering pool of anal leakage, your penis lives in eternal darkness, I’d hate to see your toilet, retardus maximus, Microcephalic Toad Licker, steaming rat-felching bucket of moldy monkey fuck, Pecker-puffing pickle licker, catcher not pitcher, Arschloch, impotent koekeloeren, slaptard, couldn’t even be trained in my AFSC in the USAF to suck farts out of C-5 seat cushions, mumpsimus, reverse dirty sanchez lover, kutomba wewe, Cryptosporidium-ridden tire tosser, douche & enema nozzle, likes to molest small farm animals, dead and alive, is a hemorrhoid, schlong juice, cum-guzzling gutter butt-slut sphincter goblin, Fuck Tart, Sitzpinkler, lispian, Milksop, puss soaked jackwagon, waste of trace elements and water, knob breath dick biscuit, Pettifogger, donkey raping shit-eater, pedicabo ego vos et irrumabo it, may he lay a lip lock on the snotty end of a moose cock,butt munch, man of the night in a large animal bordello, I bet you’re the kind of guy that would fuck your own mother in the ass and not even have the goddamn common courtesy to give her a reach-around (Thanks R. Lee) is a LIAR, a FAKE, a FRAUD, not Special Forces, NOT Special Operations Group, NOT a RANGER, fuckstain skidmark on the underwear of life, taint cookie, Fartleberry, Some NCO Should have beat you within an inch of your life, insult to humanity, I hope his ego hits the floor like a turd from a tall cows ass, shit-filled meatsack, masturbates to videos of Jar-Jar Binks, walking shart shooter, minge, moldy dingleberry on a roadkill swamp rat’s ass, test subject for Preparations A thru G, Remedy critch, Gnard gargling queefsquirt, stupid enough to try to sandpaper to a wildcat’s ass in a phone booth, Handgallop, twat, Obamawad, tool, bint, sleezebag, weaksauce, Gobshite, fuck hole, Pillsbury Dough Bitch, Should NOT be around WOMEN OR CHILDREN, touches himself inappropriately, Turd-Burglar, rimjobber, turd lizard of a roadkill opossum-humper, cum-dumpster, Inbred buck-toothed Swamp Donkey, Useless mangy crotch-dropping, Putz, rectal inspector, ferger, Sheep tits, gonad, queefer, chicken shit, choad, Puppy fucker, dopus, Blue Falcon and Blue Waffle, Fuck Apple with mold, twizzletits, tallywacker, Bozack, Gerbal Felcher, dingleberry, bitch, Saprophyte, ATM, pap smear, shitmitten, Dandy prat, Tazmanian Dorkwad rat fucking, shit-sucking warthog’s asshole, gimp, bescumber, coccydynia, sack of Siberian and stack of cum-stained hadji sheep shit”, mangina micropeen, Syphilitic Turd Burglar, possibly likes to pick his teeth with Bernath’s used catheters, Hircismus, cheat, pope-fondling, turbo apeshit crazy, Cacafuego, Cock-juggling *Pussy* thundercunt.

              FUCK YOU, ASS HAMSTER!!!
              Here endith the lesson.

  29. Old 1SG, US Army (Retired) says:

    Richard Hanlotion is a real dipstick…

    Two copies of his DA form 2-1… looks like he had a clerk at the reserve center dummy one up for him.

    So he shows up at Fort Knox reception center for basic and a week later he’s at Fort Benning for Infantry OSUT (one station unit training), interesting.

    What that tells me is he showed up for basic and someone figured out is wasn’t qualified for whatever AIT he was scheduled for after BCT. At the time Fort Knox also conducted AIT for mechanics (wheel and track), and I believe other MOSs like truck drivers and cooks.

    If he wasn’t qualified for some other MOS what makes the Army think he’s a good candidate for infantry?

    OK, I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt… he was probably color blind and they decided that infantry was his only option.

    Either way the guy is a three alarm di*khead!

    • Martinjmpr says:

      Reception station at Knox might have been because Benning did not have a reception station at that time.

      I know Benning did not have a reception station in 1980 when I went through infantry OSUT. I flew to Columbia, SC and spent a week at Fort Jackson going through reception. We got our haircuts, uniforms issued, shots, etc.

      Then after a week they bused us to Fort Benning where we were met by a whole bunch of “Friendly” drill sergeants. That was when the fun began….

      Don’t know if they would have done that in the mid 70’s but for sure that’s the way they did it in 1980. I think Benning actually has a reception station now so new troops can report directly to Benning.

      • Combat Historian says:

        In 1979, I went to reception station at Jackson and after nine days there we were bussed to Fort Benning to begin our OSUT. Benning did not have its own reception station until about 1984 or so…

  30. Over the hill Ranger says:

    I served in B 2/75 RGR from 77 to 79 (CO was Buck Kernan, BN CDR was Wayne Downing). At that time E-5 and below who were not Ranger qualified went through a 3 week RIP upon arrival. They than were assigned to a platoon and were listed on a merit list for attending Ranger school. As the company FSO/TNG Oficer, I maintained the platoon lists.It generally took about a year to move up the list. They than went through a 3 week pre ranger class before attending the school at Benning. Due to the way the NCO’s handled the pre ranger course, about 90% of the attendees we sent earned their tabs.

    Sounds like this guy lost motivation, whic was not too unusual, or bolo’d pre ranger.

  31. butler says:

    Question from a jarhead.

    Having served in 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, he is technically a Ranger, right? “The Tab is a school, the Scroll is a way of life”?

    We’ve had posers go the other way: Ranger School yes; Ranger Battalion/Regiment no — so they’re “Ranger-qualified” but not “Rangers”.

    Just clarifying for my own edjumacation.

  32. JMW3CC says:

    What’s that all sewn on? An old OD green top? Liked to hear the story how he got the SETAF patch, since its not linked to SF or Ranger. Guess that two months in Turkey was close enough to Italy to get him that one.

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