“When this war comes to an end, most of you will return to the way of life which you fought so hard to return to, to pick up the threads of your civilian pursuits. You will bring back with you many nostalgic memories of your fighting days both bitter and pleasant. But above all, you will bring back with you many personal characteristics enriched by your experiences with the Rangers. In whatever field or profession you may follow, I know that you will continue as civilians with the same spirit and qualities you demonstrated as a Ranger. Your aggressiveness and initiative will be tempered to adjust to civilian life with little difficulty. In your hearts as in mine, you will always have that feeling…of being a Ranger always!”
The Darby Project Mission
To facilitate a successful transition for Army Ranger veterans from active military service to a civilian life filled with hope and purpose. RLTW!
The Darby Project serves U.S. Army Ranger School qualified soldiers and soldiers serving in the 75th Ranger Regiment. Our mission to facilitate a successful transition from Active Duty to a civilian life filled with hope and purpose is accomplished through our Ranger Functional Fitness programs and events; connecting them to fellow Rangers, educating them about resources available to Rangers & their families from various businesses and organizations and ultimately empowering them to lead the way in their communities.
The Rangers return on investment to the U.S. Army is leadership. Soldiers deserve the best-trained leaders our Army has to offer. Those leaders are Rangers. TDP is the veteran-led extension of the Army’s investment. TDP sets the Sets The Example For Others To Follow by building Rangers for Life.
The GallantFew STAR incorporates Self-Training and Response-Ability into the Ranger Functional Fitness (RFIT) program. Broken down into five components, The Darby Project CONNECTS, EDUCATES & EMPOWERS Army Rangers to lead the way in their communities through participation in activities that enhance each functional fitness area.
Who We Serve
Future Rangers. JROTC and ROTC.
Active Duty Rangers and Families. 75th Ranger Regiment, RTB and Ranger-qualified Soldiers.
Veteran Rangers and Families. 75th Ranger Regiment and Ranger-qualified Soldiers.
HISTORY BEHIND THE NAME: Although the U.S. Army Rangers can trace their lineage back to pre-Revolutionary War times, the history of the modern Rangers began in World War II. Selected as the first commander to lead the newly formed 1st Ranger Battalion in 1942, Colonel William O. Darby established the unit under principles of high standards and discipline. Since then, the same principles have remained as cornerstones in the Ranger Regiment and is the reason why they have been, and continue to be, among the top tier military units in the world. In keeping with Colonel Darby’s principles and legacy, The Darby Project strives to uphold high standards in the services it provides to Rangers after they transition from active duty service. More about The Ranger Who Led The Way here.
HISTORY BEHIND THE LOGO: Upon its activation during World War II, the 2nd Ranger Battalion adopted the symbol of a blue diamond as its distinguished uniform patch. With a gold-threaded trim around its border, and the word, ‘RANGERS’, stitched across it in capital letters, the patch gained distinction after it was worn by the 5th Ranger Battalion on the beaches of Normandy during the D-Day invasion. Forged by the early modern Rangers as a symbol of determination, perseverance, and will, The Darby Project aims to embody the values of the blue diamond in its brand and logo.
Bahmanyar, M. (2005). Shadow Warriors: A History of the US Army Rangers. New York: Osprey Publishing.
Landau, Alan M. & Frieda W. (1992). Airborne Rangers. Hong Kong: MBI Publishing.
The Darby Project Story
Ranger veteran, founder and Executive Director of GallantFew, Karl Monger realized as GallantFew grew that he needed a Ranger specific organization and founded The Darby Project.