Regimental Reconnaissance Company, formerly known as the Regimental Reconnaissance Detachment, is an elite special operations force member of JSOC, which stands for Joint Special Operations Command, since 2005.
Keep in mind that there’s not much information out there about these guys. They are a Tier 1 special mission unit in JSOC, meaning most of what they do and how they operate are classified.
The JSOC is part of the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), which oversees various special mission units, including the Regimental Reconnaissance Company (RR).
Based out of Fort Benning, Georgia, the Regimental Reconnaissance Company is thought to have become a part of JSOC due to its extensive training and unique capabilities to conduct special reconnaissance and close target reconnaissance operations.
Regimental Reconnaissance Company (RRC) is a part of RSTB, which stands for Ranger Special Troops Battalion. It’s a battalion within the 75th Ranger Regiment comprising specialized companies. Four companies comprise RSTB, and RRC is one of them; the others are Ranger Communications Company (RCC), Military Intelligence Company (MICO), and Ranger Operations Company (ROC).
The four companies of RSTB.
- The Ranger Communications Company (RCC) provides the 75th Ranger Regiment with communications and information systems support.
- The Military Intelligence Company (MICO) provides intelligence support to the 75th Ranger Regiment.
- The Ranger Operations Company (ROC) provides operational and tactical support to the Ranger Regiment.
- The Regimental Reconnaissance Company (RRC) specializes in special reconnaissance and close-target reconnaissance operations.
Prerequisites and Training for Joining the RRC
In order to try out for the Regimental Reconnaissance Company (RRC), soldiers must be ranger and airborne qualified, as well as graduates of the Reconnaissance Surveillance Leaders Course, or RSLC.
RSLC is an elite five-week school offered by the Fourth Ranger Training Battalion that trains service members to expert levels in reconnaissance, surveillance, target acquisition, battle damage assessment, foreign vehicle identification, and other skills.
If applicants come from outside the ranger regiment, depending on their pay grade, they will have to attend either RASP 1 or RASP 2. If you want more insight on RASP and the ranger regiment in general, check out our post on the Army Rangers.
- RASP 1, Ranger Assessment and Selection Program 1: This is a selection course for enlisted soldiers (E-1 to E-5) who want to join the 75th Ranger Regiment.
- RASP 2, Ranger Assessment and Selection Program 2: This is a selection course for officers, warrant officers, and senior non-commissioned officers (E-6 and above) who want to join the 75th Ranger Regiment.
The Regimental Reconnaissance Company Selection Course
The selection course for RRC is three weeks long and is administered twice a year. If selected, the candidates are thrust into an intensive 34-week operator training course that includes freefall training, advanced communications, digital photography, photo editing, reconnaissance reporting formats, field craft and stocks, infiltration and exfiltration methods, close air support, advanced driving techniques, demolitions, tactical man tracking, and advanced medical techniques.
RRC Training Courses Summary
|Course Name||Duration||Key Focus Areas|
|RSLC||5 weeks||reconnaissance, surveillance, target acquisition, battle damage assessment, foreign vehicle identification|
|RRC Selection Course||3 weeks||assessment and selection of candidates|
|Operator Training Course||34 weeks||Freefall training, advanced communications, digital photography, reconnaissance reporting, field craft, infiltration/exfiltration methods, close air support, advanced driving techniques, demolitions, tactical man tracking, advanced medical techniques|
If you do a bit of digging, you can find this RRC document here. It is a memo that discusses what soldiers should do if they’re interested in joining the regimental reconnaissance company, as well as all the necessary requirements. We will leave a link to this memo in the description, and you can give it a look for yourself.
|RRC Memo||Document discussing prerequisites and requirements for joining RRC|
Regimental Reconnaissance Company Summary Bullet Points
- 75th Ranger Regiment’s Regimental Reconnaissance Company (RRC)
- Tier one special mission unit in JSOC
- Limited public information is available due to the classified nature of operations.
- Based in Fort Benning, Georgia
- Part of the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) since 2005.
- Member of Ranger Special Troops Battalion (RSTB)
- Prerequisites for joining RRC
- Ranger and airborne qualified
- Graduate of Reconnaissance Surveillance Leaders Course (RSLC)
- Depending on pay grade, attend RASP 1 or RASP 2
- RSLC: elite five-week training program
- RRC selection course: three weeks, held twice a year
- Operator training course: an intensive 34-week program
Again, there’s not much out there about these guys. That’s why this post is so short. If you want to learn more, get the prerequisites and try them out. Well, that is the down and dirty of the regimental reconnaissance company.