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How I Became a Chairborne Ranger

March 04, 2011 | Captain Ron Casper

I am a member of the Adjutant General Corps (Human Resources), and have been for nearly 19 years.   During this time I’ve been called a lot of things for working in a less than desirable job in the Army.  That's right, I've heard it all from Desk Jockey to Pencil Pusher, but I believe my all-time favorite is Chairborne Ranger!   I mean, I understand.  There are no guts, glory, glitz or glamour in this career field and the only excitement AG Warriors have to look forward to, are the occasional paper cut and the dreaded Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – a definite career stopper!  But every once in awhile someone will ask me how I ended up in this field, and why I didn’t change my job sooner.  These questions always bring a smile to my face because the answer is just as silly today, as it was 19 years ago.

In high school I was a goof ball, okay, I’m still a goof ball, but you get the idea.  While attending high school I participated in a youth organization called The Explorers which worked directly with the local police department for adolescents desiring to work in the law enforcement field.  Not only did we learn the basics of law enforcement (fingerprints, traffic stops, writing reports), we also participated in ride-a-long programs with police officers and attended an annual Junior Police Academy at a Navy base in southern California.  So there you have it, when I wanted to join the Army, I wanted to be a member of the Military Police.  I wish it were that simple though.  At 17 years old, I required the consent, and signature, of my mother to enlist……and she refused to sign on the dotted line unless I accepted a desk job because she didn’t want me “handling a gun.”  Silly, right?  I don’t believe it was until she was watching the video from basic training that she realized the Army issued me an M16A2 and a live hand-grenade!!  Before I left for basic training, my recruiter (an MP) and I had it all worked out.   I would enlist in the Army as a 75B, and when it was time to reenlist, I would reclassify to become a member of the military police.  Funny thing happened along the way though, I became very passionate about my job.  I learned early in my career that the AG Warrior has the most important job in the Army.  What?!  The most important?! How is that possible?!  Understand what I am saying, every job in the Army is important as we work toward a common goal; however, in my job, I can impact Soldiers lives  EVERY SINGLE DAY, day in, and day out.  As soon as a Solider enters my office, I have a choice to help, or not to help, either way, I have impacted their life.   As a leader, as a person, I take great pride in taking care of Soldiers – and that is why, I’m still a Chairborne Ranger.


  • Hector Rojas
    3/6/2011 10:10 PM
    Thanks for this write up Sir, I certainly appreciate the job that all you guys 'behind the scenes' do to keep everything running as smooth as possible.

    Remember guys, for every 'combat' soldier, there are 7-8 support soldiers doing their best to keep that single one well taken care of.
    • Ron Casper
      3/7/2011 9:00 PM
      Thanks for the feedback gentlemen!! You are both absolutely correct....when support personnel do their jobs, it allows the 'trigger-pullers' to focus on what's really important...bringing the fight to the enemy!

  • Kenneth Fellows
    3/7/2011 2:02 AM
    great post sir speakin the truth. always remember us ground pounders love pogs cause they do the job we hate doing

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