How’d You Come Up with the Name Ranger Up?

Updated: November 18, 2006

rangerupUpon returning to Fort Benning after his LT days for some additional infantry training, Nick was partying with a great group of guys that he hadn’t seen in years. One of these fine, upstanding gentlemen, who we will refer to as DannyBoy, had just returned from his first deployment to Douchebagistan, so he wasn’t one to allow anyone to besmirch the word “Ranger.”

At roughly 2300, DannyBoy decided he was going home, despite the fact that the party was nowhere close to over. He announced his intent, and as the quick silence fell over the group of friends, Nick told him to “Ranger Up.” He, of course, was left with no choice but to stay. He said we could never use that phrase again. We proceeded to use it every time he tried to bail early. We still use it today.

Note: Prior to my DannyBoy revelation, we considered calling ourselves For Army Guys By Army Guys, but decided against it because we really wanted to make shirts for the whole military, and when we replaced all the “Army” with “Military” we got FMGBMG, and that didn’t sound nearly as cool…




  1. Jill

    February 21, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    Ermm first time I heard “Ranger Up!”, it came from a naked drunken Ranger(imagine that) who was buck naked beside a swimming pool full of people, wearing nothing but a watch, a sock and a Bud Light and was being made fun of because I didn’t think getting naked and jumping in the pool would be the “lady like” thing to do.

    That Ranger called me “chicken poop” for the rest of his life over that.


  2. Elias D

    April 26, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    not to mention “For Army Guys By Army Guys” would be FAGBAG…

  3. Nick

    April 26, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    I know, Bedonka, that was kinda the joke…

  4. Zorro

    June 18, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    I think you should make a “FAGBAG” T-shirt in honor of the discarded name.

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