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The Classic Rogers Rules of Rangering


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Every Ranger knows them by heart. They are blood lessons, learned the hard way. Still applicable not only to the military but in terms of having SOPs. And, of course, we must make sure our hatchet is honed!

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The Classic Rogers Rules of Rangering

  2. 2. One of my Ranger Handbooks. Slightly worse for wear.
  3. 3. Rogers Rangers SOP Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) A step by step procedure written down that delineates how things should be done correctly. They can serve many purposes, but for a survival situation they give you a proper plan of action in the midst of stress. It is too late once an emergency occurs to come up with SOPs.
  4. 4. If disaster struck, whom would you want at your side, helping you? A doctor? Lawyer? Policeman? Teacher? While they all have special skills, I submit that the overwhelming choice would be a Special Forces Green Beret and/or a Ranger (or a former guitar player for Nirvana who goes into Special Forces). When Disaster Strikes
  5. 5. Rogers Rules of Rangering Major Robert Rogers in 1759 wrote Standing Orders, Rogers Rangers, from lessons learned in the first 3 years the Rangers were formed. These are at least 17 rules. Simple rules, but learned at the cost of blood. All SOPs are guidelines and the start point for how one conducts themselves.
  6. 6. 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.
  7. 7. 3. WHEN you’re on the march, act the way you would if you was sneaking up on a deer. See the enemy first. 4. TELL the truth about what you see and what you do. there is an army depending on us for correct information. You can lie all your please when you tell other folks about the Rangers, but don’t never lie to a Ranger or Officer. Ranger Assault at Pointe du Hoc, D-Day
  8. 8. 5. DON’T never take a chance you don’t have to. 6. WHEN we’re on the march we march single file, far enough apart so one shot can’t go through two men. With my team, Winter Warfare Training above 10,000 Feet, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
  9. 9. 7. IF we strike swamps, or soft ground, we spread out abreast so it’s hard to track us. 8. WHEN we march, we keep moving till dark, so as to give the enemy the least possible chance at us.
  10. 10. 9. WHEN we camp, half the party stays awake while the other half sleeps. 10. IF we take prisoners, we keep ’em separate till we have had time to examine them, so they can’t cook up a story between ‘em.
  11. 11. 11. DON’T ever march home the same way. Take a different route so you won’t be ambushed. 12. NO matter whether we travel in big parties or little ones, each party has to keep a scout 20 yards ahead, 20 yards on each flank, and 20 yards in the rear so the main body can’t be surprised and wiped out.
  12. 12. 13. EVERY Night you’ll be told where to meet if surrounded by a superior force. Don’t sit down to eat without posting sentries. 14. DON’T sleep beyond dawn. Dawn’s when the French and Indians attack.
  13. 13. 15. DON’T cross a river by a regular ford. 16. IF someone’s trailing you, make a circle, come back onto your own tracks, and ambush the folks that aim to ambush you.
  14. 14. 17. DON’T stand up when the enemy’s coming against you. Kneel down, lie down, hide behind a tree. Let the enemy come till he’s almost close enough to touch, then let him have it and jump out and finish him up with your hatchet.
  15. 15. SOPs are an essential part of emergency and survival preparedness. The entire first book in this series, Prepare Now-Survive Later, is an SOP.
  16. 16. Print Book
  17. 17. The book on the left is how you prepare NOW. The book on the right, is your guide to surviving an emergency or catastrophe given you’ve prepared. The handbook in the center is a discounted, distilled version of both books with the most important basics - click on cover for any. Print Book
  18. 18. I highly recommend getting at least one print copy of the survival manual. During an emergency you can’t count on an eBook. It’s pocket-sized— shown next to my trusty, old Ranger Handbook. I keep one in the glove compartment of each car, in every Grab-n-Go bag and also give them as gifts— the gift of life. Click on image for print version Print Book
  19. 19. New York Times bestselling author, graduate of West Point, former Green Beret, and feeder of two yellow Labs, most famously Cool Gus. He’s had over seventy books published, including the #1 bestselling series Time Patrol, Area 51, Atlantis, and the Green Berets. Born in the Bronx and having traveled the world he now lives peacefully with his wife and labs. Sort of. Free book below available HERE