Philippine Scout Ranger

Philippine Scout Ranger

History

The Scout Ranger Regiment was born on November 25, 1950 under the command of former AFP Vice Chief of Staff and Defense Secretary Rafael M. Ileto. Named after both the Alamo Scouts and the US Army Rangers, the unit was created due to a growing need to counter the Hukbalahap Guerrillas and its rebellion with a force trained in small unit actions. Scout Rangers participated in the December 1989 coup attempt against the Corazon Aquino – Aquino Administration. Led by Cpt. Danilo Lim, Maj Abraham Purugganan and Lt. Col. Rafael Galvez, some 500 Rangers took over Makati in the most destructive coup attempt against the Aquino Administration, which left hundreds of civilians and soldiers dead, and hundreds more injured.

Scout Ranger played a major role in capturing the MILF rebel camp during the all out war against the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). The Scout Ranger is one of the most experienced elite unit in the world today. This is the Army’s most celebrated breed of fighting men, up in the mountains where they roam. They are the men in black fatigues, It is a family circle of a well-trained, close-knit unit delivering the main punch in the counter-insurgency campaign primarily a strike anywhere force with troops scattered all over the country.

With the rise of guerrilla and terrorist activities in the Philippines, the Scout Rangers have teamed up with the Light Reaction Battalion to take on more responsibility in internal security duties.

Units

The following are subordinate battalions and companies of the 1st Scout Rangers.

Battalions

1st Scout Ranger Battalion
2nd Scout Ranger Battalion
3rd Scout Ranger Battalion
4th Scout Ranger Battalion
Scout Ranger Training Center (Scout Ranger School)

Companies

1st Scout Ranger Company “We Dare”
2nd Scout Ranger Company “Venceremos”
3rd Scout Ranger Company “Terminator”
4th Scout Ranger Company “Final Option”
5th Scout Ranger Company “Salaknib”
6th Scout Ranger Company “The Cutting Edge”
7th Scout Ranger Company “In Hoc Signo Vinces”
8th Scout Ranger Company “Destreure Hostis Deus”
9th Scout Ranger Company “Angat sa Iba!” (“Above all others!”)
10th Scout Ranger Company “We Lead” (Ultimus Fortis)
11th Scout Ranger Company “Pericoloso”
12th Scout Ranger Company “Always Ready”
14th Scout Ranger Company “Mabalasik”
13th Scout Ranger Company “Warrior”
15th Scout Ranger Company “Mandirigma” (“Fighters” or “Warriors”)
16th Scout Ranger Company “Mabangis” (“Vicious”)
17th Scout Ranger Company “Mabagsik” (“Fierce”)
18th Scout Ranger Company “Makamandag” (“Venomous”)
19th Scout Ranger Company “Dimalupig” (“Unbeatable”)
20th Scout Ranger Company “Hellcat”
21st Scout Ranger Company “Mapangahas” (“Turab”)
75th Scout Ranger Company “El Tribu” (“The tribe”)