You’re ready to enlist and the draw of the 75Th Ranger Batt is calling you? Well, the United States Army has an answer for that. It’s known as an option 40, and it goes into your contract when you enlist. Much like the Army’s 18x program, you won’t be guaranteed training, but you will be guaranteed a shot at it. However, before you get too excited, it’s a long haul and a lot of work to get there.
What is an Option 40?
An Option 40 is not an MOS. All an option 40 does is give you Airborne School and the Ranger Indoctrination Program, or RASP. You’ll still need to pick an MOS that is eligible for being placed in a Ranger Battalion. This will change with the needs of the 75 Ranger Batt. You’ll need to discuss this with both your recruiter and your liaison at MEPS.
There is a chance with an option 40 that you can complete the program, meaning the Ranger indoctrination Program and never see the Ranger Battalion, so keep that in mind.
Like most military jobs, you’ll need to be a U.S. citizen, 18 years of age, and for an option 40 Ranger Contract, you’ll need a GT Score of 110 on the ASVAB. This means you’ll need a high composite score from both your arithmetic and verbal proficiencies.
You’ll also need a clean criminal and driving record to obtain a Secret Security clearance, and you should know that much of the background done for this type of clearance will concern your financial records, credit scores and history.
You’ll need to be willing to sign at, a minimum, a 4 year contract.
Getting It In Your Contract
After you meet with your recruiter, and you’ve ensured all of you paperwork is in order, you’ll be sent to MEPS. If you qualify and have received any necessary waivers you will be given your options by the Army Liaison. Many young men wanting a Ranger Contract get derailed because they find out their MOS isn’t needed and can’t carry an Option 40, or that the Option 40’s are all full. But if this is what you want, then fight for it. You are not required to sign anything, so don’t until you can either get an MOS you want or until you can come back and try to sign up later.
Option 40’s were designed to get young men into the military based on their interest in joining an elite unit. If you’re truly interested in being an Army Ranger, you should know that having a Ranger Contract won’t guarantee you admission to Battalion, and the Army is expecting you to fail. So, prospective enlistees should know ahead of time what it is going to take and go in fighting for what they want.