The next USAF Ranger Assessment Course will be held 31 Oct -22 Nov 19 at Moody AFB, GA. Supporting details to include course pre-requisites memo and Reporting Information which includes the process to request a slot can be found on AFRIT, Tab 17, Ranger Assessment Course.
RAC affords students the opportunity, by practical application, to develop and prove themselves in a rugged course of instruction in order to determine whether or not they are ready to attend the US Army Ranger Course. RAC is stress-oriented and develops within the student the ability to lead and command under heavy mental, emotional, and physical stress. The emphasis is on practical, realistic, and strenuous field exercises using the infantry rifle squad as the training vehicle to accomplish this development.
RAC is taught using the most current battlefield infantry skills according to Ranger School doctrine. Emphasis is placed on developing military skills in the planning and execution of dismounted squad size operations.
Learning opportunities are numerous, but RAC is fast paced and designed as an evaluation/selection course for those Air Force personnel who strive to attend the US Army Ranger Course. It is open to both Active duty/Reserve males and females, of any AFSC.
All RAC related material can be found on AFRIT (CAC card reqd) at https://aefonline.afpc.randolph.af.mil/AFRIT/Afrit.aspx or by entering the AF portal and go through AEF Online>AFRIT>Tab 17: Security Forces. You can also find the information below:
- Ranger Assessment Course Reporting Instructions
- USAF Ranger Assessment Smart Card
- RAC Preparation Guide
Additionally, the mobile app Ranger School Professional is a recommended resource for learning the tactical and technical portions of Ranger School.
For a recent take on an Airman completing Ranger School, check out TSgt Dallas Rodgers’ experience in this DVIDS article
Our Take on RAC
If you are looking to crosstrain to AFSPECWAR, RAC can be a beneficial course that can prepare you physically and mentally for A&S. RAC and Ranger School will make you a better leader and follower. From that perspective, we highly recommend attending RAC and Ranger School if you have the opportunity.
On the flip side, any selection course such as this is physically demanding and can open yourself up for injury. One of the leading reasons for failure for A&S applicants is prior injuries that have yet to heal before selection start. Attending RAC and/or Ranger School is a calculated risk in this regard. If you anticipate going to A&S within a year, we recommend weighing the pros of leadership and experience gains vs the possibility of injury. In the end, make an educated decision about your future.