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Old 22 May 2018, 16:37
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Old 25 May 2018, 07:40
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Suddenly he looks at me and says.. " I have one slot, guaranteed Ranger, you'll be 11X," I said, I'll take it.
Mine was the 1984 'Ranger Special' of Gung-Ho magazine. Brought it with me when I went to the recruiter in 85. Had zero issues, the dude knew exactly what to do. All my paperwork said "11X Unassigned Ranger". I DEP'd until 12 August 86. I never knew there was an 'Option 40' way back then.
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Old 25 May 2018, 08:39
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Long time lurker here. Joined when my younger son was maybe 2. He notified me we are meeting with a recruiter this afternoon. He wants to be a Ranger - has for a while. I got him on here to read all he could find on Regiment, RIP/RASP, etc. That just made him want it more.

One possible hiccup that I'm not sure about is that he has some color vision deficiency. Had him examined by an optometrist a few months back - she used the Ishihara (sp?) plates? Her opinion was moderate red/green color deficiency. He missed the easy ones and got all the hard ones. I test him occasionally and he usually can differentiate the two. Last I looked, it was waiverable provided he could pass one of three tests. Does anyone know if that is still the case? He previously met with this recruiter and the recruiter expressed doubt that Ranger would be an option for him.

Also, is it still Option 40 for Regiment (provided he passed RASP)? Any other advice he/I should be aware of prior to this meeting? Any advice is appreciated.
At MEPs in 2004 I was denied just about every job including Infantry because of red/green color vision deficiency . The recruiter I had must have needed the numbers and got me a waiver for an Infantry contract (lucky me!), taking a pretty big risk to his career to do so. I told him Iíd just have to go talk to the Marine or Air Force recuiter or go back to community college. Donít take no for an awnswer.
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Old 25 May 2018, 16:52
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Can he borrow that issue of Gung-Ho magazine? Reading through the threads here, and elsewhere, it appears that obtaining an Opt40 is kind of like finding the Holy Grail these days.

The recruiter wasn't too concerned with the vision issue. I looked up AR 40-501 (?) and it doesn't appear disqualifying, provided he can at least distinguish the vivid red and green - as ArchAngelRanger said.

However, we learned the term "retained hardware" - and that might be a hurdle to overcome. Recruiter said it's an absolute disqualifier. I checked and it seems it is only a disqualifier if the retained hardware is necessary for fixation, stability or is likely to cause future injury. None of those, I believe, is the case. Have an appointment with his ortho, prior service, and plan to take the reg and see if he can use that language in a letter explaining it isn't an issue (assuming it isn't).

Honestly, I'm kind of glad he (we) are having to work for the Opt40. Sort of an indicator of his commitment to it. And, may truly appreciate the opportunity more, assuming he gets it, since he had to work for it.
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Old 25 May 2018, 18:07
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My son wasn't able to get an Option 40 contract. But he enlisted for the Infantry, volunteered for ABN school in Basic, then the 75th in ABN, and he's been in 3/75 for a couple years now.

It's doable without a contract, but you are taking a risk.
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Old 23 September 2018, 12:49
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Trying to find out as much as I can about Option 40. My 19yr old wants to be a Ranger. He will not leave until his girlfriend goes off to college Aug2019.

We went to see a recruiter the other day and the SFC told him he could not guarantee 11B option 40 and wanted him to go asap: saying how there will not be any Option 40 contracts for him; threw out signing bonus up to $24k to join now and other BS. I finally had to tell the guy he wasnít interested in signing bonusí; petroleum fuel tech, or anything else but being a Ranger and we thanked him for his time and left. (This is after he told us he also joined when he was 19, went 11B, wanted to be a Ranger but got injured in jump school.)

Recruiter stories aside, as they have a job to do, what is the best way for my boy to get an 11B Opt40 next August? Army website says there are 150 Opt40 contracts a month for 11Bís (Aug2017 article). Is he jumping the gun on talking to a recruiter 1 yr out?

He will be 20yrs old when he signs up. Is the 18X program still an option these days?
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Old 23 September 2018, 13:31
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Trying to find out as much as I can about Option 40. My 19yr old wants to be a Ranger. He will not leave until his girlfriend goes off to college Aug2019.

We went to see a recruiter the other day and the SFC told him he could not guarantee 11B option 40 and wanted him to go asap: saying how there will not be any Option 40 contracts for him; threw out signing bonus up to $24k to join now and other BS. I finally had to tell the guy he wasn’t interested in signing bonus’; petroleum fuel tech, or anything else but being a Ranger and we thanked him for his time and left. (This is after he told us he also joined when he was 19, went 11B, wanted to be a Ranger but got injured in jump school.)

Recruiter stories aside, as they have a job to do, what is the best way for my boy to get an 11B Opt40 next August? Army website says there are 150 Opt40 contracts a month for 11B’s (Aug2017 article). Is he jumping the gun on talking to a recruiter 1 yr out?

He will be 20yrs old when he signs up. Is the 18X program still an option these days?
Keep doing what you did. Walk out unless he gets his Option 40.
I did that for months before I got my Ranger contract. First things first. Option 40. Worry about 18X later.

Got injured in jump school when he dropped his motivation on his foot, most likely.
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Old 24 September 2018, 07:54
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Rgr. Thanks Gavin and Leopardprey.
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Old 24 September 2018, 08:26
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1. Heís obviously young but this might teach him one of the most important lessons heíll learn in a SOF unit, most of the time itís either women or SOF. Choose wisely.

2. FY19 is coming up in a few days. Thatís when the Option 40 contracts will open up for FY19. He should be able to secure a DEP O40 leaving that late in the year by securing it early in the FY. Heíll mostly be completing against High School kids wanting their summer after graduating, who wonít have the foresite to secure their contact in the fall of their Senior year. So IMO, wait until the FY starts in a week and then drive hard.
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Old 24 September 2018, 13:12
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Of course he was pushing hard to ship immediately...I just saw an article that said we will miss our recruiting goal for this FY by~6000!!!

Hot Mess has it right.... lock in early in the FY.
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