1st Scout Ranger Regiment

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The Scout Rangers, known officially as the First Scout Ranger Regiment, is the Philippine Army's primary Special Forces unit, and specialises in anti-guerrilla warfare.

First Scout Ranger Regiment
Ranger logo.gif
Pin Badge of the Scout Rangers
Active November 25, 1950 - Present
Country Philippines
Branch Philippine Army
Type Special Forces
Role Airborne operations, Direct Action, Reconnaissance, Unconventional Warfare
Size 4 Battalions, 20 Companies. Total is 5000 soldiers
Part of Philippine Army Special Operations Command (PASOC)
Garrison/HQ Fort Andres Bonifacio, Makati
Camp Tecson, San Miguel, Bulacan (Main)
Nickname Musangs, FSSR, Strikers, Rangers, SR, Scout Ranger
Motto We Strike
Mascot Panther
Battles/wars Operation Enduring Freedom - Philippines
Anti-guerilla operations against the NPA and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front
Decorations Presidential Streamer Award
Colonel Reynaldu Mapagu
LGen. Rafael Ileto, Gen. Felix Brawner II, Brig. Gen. Marcelo Blando, Brig. Gen. Julius Javier, Brig. Gen. Danilo Lim



Early Establishment

The Scout Ranger Regiment was born on November 25 1950 under the command of former AFP Vice Chief of Staff and Defense Secretary Rafael "Rocky" 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 guerillas with a force trained in small unit actions.

Coup attempts

Scout Ranger combat units are deployed nationwide. (For security reasons, areas of deployment are classified information and cannot be released. Colonel Mapagu has declined to identify even a general location for his Rangers.)

Scout Rangers participated in the December 1989 coup attempt against the 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.

They also figured in the July 2003 Oakwood Mutiny, with four Scout Rangers – Capt. Albert T. Baloloy, Capt. Gerardo Orpilla Gambala, Capt. Milo Discutido Maestrecampo, and Capt. Laurence Louis Bumatay Somera – tagged as plotters. 1st Lt. Lawrence San Juan, one of the four escaped Magdalo soldiers who was recently arrested, is also a Scout Ranger.


Scout Rangers marching during a parade. They are holding FN Minimi Light Machine Guns.
  • 1st Scout Ranger Regiment
  • Scout Ranger Training Center (Scout Ranger School)
  • 1st Scout Ranger Bn
  • 2nd Scout Ranger Bn
  • 3rd Scout Ranger Bn
  • 4th Scout Ranger Bn
  • 1st Scout Ranger Coy "We Dare"
  • 2nd Scout Ranger Coy "Venceramos"
  • 3rd Scout Ranger Coy "Terminator"
  • 4th Scout Ranger Coy "Final Option"
  • 5th Scout Ranger Coy "Salaknib"
  • 6th Scout Ranger Coy "The Cutting Edge"
  • 7th Scout Ranger Coy "In Hoc Signo Vinces"
  • 8th Scout Ranger Coy "Destreure Hostis Deus"
  • 9th Scout Ranger Coy "Angat sa Iba!"
  • 10th Scout Ranger Coy "We Lead" (Ultimo Fortis)
  • 11th Scout Ranger Coy "Pericoloso"
  • 12th Scout Ranger Coy "Always Ready"
  • 14th Scout Ranger Coy "Mabalasik"
  • 15th Scout Ranger Coy "Mandirigma"
  • 16th Scout Ranger Coy "Mabangis"
  • 17th Scout Ranger Coy "Mabagsik"
  • 18th Scout Ranger Coy "Makamandag"
  • 19th Scout Ranger Coy "Dimalupig"
  • 20th Scout Ranger Coy "Hellcat"

NOTE: **There is no 13th Coy in the SR Organization**


Scout Rangers after a successful operation in capturing Camp Bilal from MILF forces, 2000.


  • Eclarin, Dennis V. Scout Ranger Combat Guide. Hometown Publishing House. Manila: The Philippine Star, 2003.

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