CORE© Skills


The development of Critical Objectives for Ranger Excellence or CORE© Skills is a central focus in each Ranger’s progression, and intended to provide the knowledge base and confidence necessary for God-centered, principled, rugged manhood.  All Rangers focus on the same seven CORE© Skills, but with ever-increasing levels of proficiency and intensity.  Each CORE© Skill comprises Primary tasks and associated Challenge-Based Testing (CBT) classroom and field scenarios.  Development in each CORE© Skill is further aided by training in Supplemental Tasks.  Successful completion of the CBT results in award of the corresponding CORE© Tab.  Tab colors mirror the hat colors of each Ranger rank.

Rangers must demonstrate rank-appropriate proficiency in the following seven CORE© Skills:


Requires demonstrated performance by 1st Class Rangers in a Leadership position – leading, training and encouraging 2nd and 3rd Class Rangers during meetings, events and field exercises.


Requires the Ranger to demonstrate a desire to serve God and his fellow man with thoughtfulness and humility.  This is accomplished through participation in at least two Ranger Service Projects annually, as well as initiation and completion of personal service projects – in the home, parish (e.g. Serving Mass) or community.


Requires the Ranger to demonstrate proficiency in the Priorities of Survival and Survival Mindset, Ropes (knot-tying and rigging), Signaling, Makeshift Shelter Construction, Making Fire, Acquiring Water and Foraging.  Supplemental Tasks include Archery, Hunting, Fishing, Marksmanship (Rifle and Pistol), Wood Splitting, Field/Wilderness Cooking, Use of Blades (knives, axes, safety, etc.) and Field Mending/Sewing.


Requires the Ranger to demonstrate physical and moral defense of his family, self and others - the most vulnerable in society to include the preborn, aged and disabled.  Demonstrated skill in Ground-based and Standing Protection Techniques (the Guardian Sequence), Crime Prevention, and Emergency Preparedness and Response.  Supplemental Tasks include Home Safety (e.g. Fire Prevention) and Drown-Proofing.


Requires the Ranger to demonstrate skill in Hiking and Backpacking, Terrain Association, Using a Map and Compass, Barehanded and Celestial Navigation Methods, and using GPS devices.  Supplemental tasks include Camping, Tracking, Rock Climbing and Rappelling.


Requires the Ranger to demonstrate proficiency in basic Automotive Maintenance and Repair, Tool Identification and Use, Carpentry, and Basic Home Upkeep and Repair (plumbing, electrical, etc.).  Supplemental Tasks include Gardening and Woodworking.


Requires the Ranger to demonstrate skill in Basic First Aid, CPR/AED skills and Wilderness First Aid.  Supplemental Tasks include Traumatic Injury Response.