Question regarding starting as a Ranger

Some Guy

Apr 19, 2017
So, I'll start this off with the archetypal "I hope I'm posting in the right area," thing, but this question would pretty much be for anyone who knows, so hopefully this is alright

Will I have any opportunities to volunteer for Rangers without an option 40 contract?

Going through the enlistment process, I didn't really know how the reservation system worked, so I had my MOS reserved, but apparently asked about airborne and option 40 too late. So, I couldn't get those on it when I went to MEPS, because it wasn't on the MOS reservation paperwork.

I'm aware there will most likely still be opportunities to volunteer for airborne in AIT, but will there be any chance to volunteer for Rangers without the option 40? Or will I just have to hope I can somehow get myself transferred in, which I hear is infamously difficult to do


Apr 20, 2017
Hey Marine -

Hopefully someone will come by and answer your question, but one of the major benefits of this site is its search function. I went to the main forum screen and put "getting into RASP without Option 40" in the search bar and came up with these threads, some fairly recent and commented on by Rangers.

Getting into Regiment without Option 40

Joining the Regiment without Opt. 40

Signing up for RASP at Airborne School/AIT

Question about 35m option 40

2016 - 11X Option 40 Availability
These threads should also answer your question.