It all started on a drunk and stormy night September 2003 when two players decided to leave the squad they were on due to various BS and drama. Thorn and shruew decided to start Ranger Squad (RS) as a keep it simple squad to have some fun. Heck, the original ambition never really went past the two of them running around in games with the tag.
But, it has grown over the years and through various games. RS started out in Blackhawk Down and played well in competitive tournaments. Moving on to Battlefield 2, then Battlefield 2142 and are now heavily playing COD4 (we've (mostly) given up on COD:WaW). COD:Modern Warfare 2 and Battlefield Bad Company 2 were also played, though non-competitively. As of the Fall 2010 RS has basically given up on the latest Medal of Honor reboot entry and are awaiting CoD:Black Ops. Black Ops proved a popular game for a while, but with the release of Battle Field 3 the squad is mainly playing that. Modern Warfare 3 was largely ignored. In the summer of 2012 the Arma2 mod DayZ proved popular.
RS is run today as it has been run since day 1 -- no BS. There are no ranks, skill requirements, specific time dedication etc... just the desire to hang out and have fun. Any member is eligible to take on almost any role if they have time to do so(recruiter, match coord, etc).
It's a simple recruiting process: Post your interest in joining RS along with a photo of you in a barn. Then, come hang out with us in our teamspeak server and play some games with us for a while. If we don't drive you crazy and you don't drive us nuts, you're welcome aboard!
Myers Briggs Personality Topology
By and large members of Ranger Squad are ISTJ or INTJ in the Myers Briggs Personality Topology. You can take a personality test here: http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/JTypes2.asp
Obviously, there are exceptions to the rule and being of one type or another doesn't mean you will fit in any better or worse.
There is no formal age requirement for RS, however, the majority of the team are middle aged folks dealing with kids, jobs and various personal defects. There are a few under 21 members, but recruitment seems to be hit or miss with the younger set. You are welcome to apply, however.
There are two phrase that every member of Ranger squad should be familiar with, and sum up the beliefs of the unit
"Just Pork It"
"Stay Porky, My Friends"
Ranger Squad has an official mascot.
Ranger Squad has an official Fight Song.
Ranger Squad doesn't always drink soft drinks, but when we do, a couple of us call it "pop". The normal people call it by it's proper name, "soda".
How Things Get Done
Ranger Squad uses processes to get things done.
Ranger Squad has gone through many games and many distinct eras where core members, games and league play have changed. The recognized eras are:
Ranger Squad is potentially on the cusp of a fourth era, but no game has yet to cull their cuises.
RS has participated in the first three season of Realism1.
Season 3 Champions
Season 2 Champions
Season 1 Runner's Up
RS has participated in the first two seasons of COD4 TCC.
Season 2 Champions
Season 1 Champions
RS will be participating in the upcoming TCC BF3 league.
The below list is pretty out of date. The roster posted on the homepage is generally kept up to date.
People who still check in from time to time, but are too busy doing something else.
Ex-members that came down with debilitating mental illnesses. This list is mainly recent and greatly incomplete due to a lack of Wiki during most of Ranger Squad's existence.