U.S. Special Forces: Army Ranger

Editor’s note: This website calls for Republicans and conservatives to get serious about the information war — and for a political counterinsurgency. The American military sets the standard for military counterinsurgency due to its special forces — and the parallels are exact. Here is part 2 of 5 from the intrepid Tami Jackson — be sure to read the entire article by following the link below:

The U.S. Military, even with severe and ill-advised budget cuts, remains the deadliest fighting force in the world.

And the tip the spear, the deadliest of those deadly, are America’s unconventional forces: U.S. Special Forces.

The proud lineage of the Special Forces, and in particular the Army Rangers, can be traced all the way back to the French and Indian Wars.

As recounted in the Navy SEALs article:

In 1756, during the French and Indian War, a New Hampshire man, Robert Rogers, formed a unit of woodsmen to scout the wilderness and thwart attacks by the Indians and their French advisers. The unit became known as Rogers Rangers, and Rogers is said to be the father of American Special Operations.

As Samuel A. Southworth and Stephen Tanner write in their book, U.S. Special Forces: A Guide to America’s Special Operations Units:

Rogers is considered the seminal figure in U.S. special operations history, and indeed was the first to codify the principles of behind-the-lines warfare.

Rogers Rangers were notorious for their reconnaissance and quick strike tactics. By 1759 Major Rogers had codified the basics which can be found in the “Standing Orders for Rogers’ Rangers”:

1. Don’t forget nothing.

2. Have your musket clean as a whistle, hatchet scoured, sixty rounds powder and ball, and be ready to march at a minute’s warning.

3. When you’re on the march, act the way you would if you was sneaking up on a deer. See the enemy first.

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