Ranger Regiment have trained in a wide variety of environments, including the desert  30112022 CREDIT Army, MOD
The Ranger Regiment has trained in a wide variety of environments, including the desert (Picture: British Army/ MOD).
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British Army's elite Ranger Regiment reviews its action-packed first year

Ranger Regiment have trained in a wide variety of environments, including the desert  30112022 CREDIT Army, MOD
The Ranger Regiment has trained in a wide variety of environments, including the desert (Picture: British Army/ MOD).

The British Army's elite Ranger Regiment has had a busy action-packed first year.

Made up of four battalions, the Rangers were formed on 1 December 2021 and have this year alone deployed to more than 60 countries, from learning to operate in the freezing colds of the Arctic Circle to the hotter climates of Africa, the Middle East and south-east Asia.

The highly trained Army unit was created to meet the next challenges in warfare, focusing on delivering special operations in high-threat environments with complex human terrain.

In February, at short notice, the Rangers deployed to Ukraine where they delivered anti-tank missile training to troops shortly before Russia invaded.

Also in February, troops from the 1st Battalion the Ranger Regiment (1 RANGER) deployed to West Africa to conduct joint training with their Ghanaian Armed Forces counterparts.

This included rural and urban counter-terrorism tactics and tactical information operations.

More recently, the Rangers have trained with Nato allies and partners.

Watch: UK, US and Australia put cutting-edge battlefield technology to the test in Project Convergence.

October saw soldiers from 4 RANGER take part in an American military exercise, Project Convergence, which tested cutting-edge kit and equipment.

At Fort Irwin in California, the Rangers tested themselves alongside soldiers from the US 7th Special Forces Group – facing extreme weather conditions that varied from snow to dust storms with temperatures higher than 40°C.

In the same month, troops from 3 RANGER teamed up with soldiers from the 193rd Jägarbataljonen (Swedish Rangers), part of the Norrland Dragoon Regiment, a specialised Arctic light infantry unit.

Sweden's unforgiving sub-Arctic conditions, saw the Rangers carry out long-distance patrols and practise crossing cold waterways by boat.

Soldiers from 2 RANGER, in the meantime, have deployed on operations in Estonia, Somalia and Kenya.

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British and Swedish personnel carrying out a river crossing on a joint exercise in Sweden (Picture: British Army).

The Ranger Regiment was established as part of Future Soldier, the biggest transformation of the British Army in more than 20 years.

The regiment is at the heart of the Army Special Operations Brigade, whose role is to operate in complex, high-threat environments, alongside partner forces across the world, countering violent extremist organisations and hostile state threats.

With Ranger teams only being 11-strong, every team member is expected to contribute to planning and executing operations. 

Recruits from across the Army have come from the Royal Engineers, Royal Artillery, Royal Armoured Corps, Royal Signals, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and Infantry, with a growing number of female soldiers being successfully selected.

While people are at the heart of the Ranger Regiment, it is increasingly looking to technology to ensure it is at the cutting edge of warfare.

Watch: What it means to be part of an elite infantry regiment.

In Africa, a Ranger team recently trialled using augmented virtual reality so that a doctor in the UK could help the team with more complex medical techniques.

The Ranger Regiment is very proud of its cap badge which takes inspiration and spirit from the peregrine falcon.

Fast, agile and fiercely loyal to its partner, it operates around the world in all environments including deserts, mountains and cities. 

It follows a long history of birds being used as emblems and logos around the world. Peregrine derives from the medieval Latin word 'peregrinus' which means wanderer.

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Ranger Regiment cap badge on the gunmetal grey set.

While many regiments have a cloth badge for officers and a metal badge for soldiers, everyone serving in the Ranger Regiment wears a metal badge, irrespective of rank.

Rangers draw their name from an elite unit that fought in the British Army in the 18th Century in North America, using irregular tactics.

The British Army shares this heritage with US Special Operations Forces, whose 75th Ranger Regiment traces its lineage back to the same grouping.