The Tab and the Scroll—
If you’re a civilian like me and don’t know all things military, you likely think someone wearing a Ranger Tab on their uniform means that person is an Army Ranger. Well, not necessarily. When I began researching the 75th Ranger Regiment for my American Valor Series, I quickly learned the difference between the Ranger tab and 75th Ranger Regiment scroll.
A Ranger tab is awarded to men, and now women, who successfully complete Ranger School. In addition to soldiers attending the combat leadership school, members of the Air Force, Marines and Navy may also attend. So the tab represents of successful completion of a school, just like ones that read Airborne, Sniper, or Sapper.
The scroll is reserved for those men who have completed the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program (formerly known as the Ranger Indoctrination Program) and become members of the Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment and serve in one of the four battalions. These are the true Army Rangers.