Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum: Frequently Asked Questions
How do I join the Texas Rangers? I'd like to sign up!
One of the popular myths is that one can become a Ranger by signing up. In the 1800s Rangers joined that way, but it is much more competitive these days. Becoming the best-of-the-best has never been easy . . . Since 1935, there have always been more qualified applicants than positions. All Texas Rangers are now drawn from the sworn officers of the Texas Department of Public Safety. In brief, you must live in Texas; you must complete 60 college credit hours (most Rangers have degrees, some have advanced degrees and certifications. You must have a record of eight years of outstanding full-time law enforcement experience (two of which must be with the Texas DPS at a certain rank. While distinguished military service is respected , it does not count towards law enforcement experience. You must pass stringent written and verbal and physical fitness exams. All of that gets you a spot on the "qualified to apply" list -- not a Ranger commission. Given the fact that there are currently only 134 Rangers,it is competitive. There are often 40 to 100+ applicants for every position. If you want to be a Texas Ranger, stay in school, learn the law enforcement skills and technology of the 21st century, build a solid record of service, join Texas DPS and you may have the chance to become a Texas Ranger.
I need help researching a [Ranger / battle / gun / novel, etc.]. How do I do it?
I heard on "Walker: Texas Ranger" that there are 99 Rangers. How many Texas Rangers are there?
The number of Texas Rangers is set by the Texas Legislature and the current authorized strength is134 Rangers. This is the largest number of Rangers since they were placed under the Texas Department of Public Safety 1935. A new Company "G" was created in 2007. The number of Rangers will vary at any one time due to retirements and resignations.
What duties are assigned to Texas Rangers?
What is the official Texas Ranger uniform?
There has never been an official Texas Ranger uniform. In the 1950s-1970s some companies and the Texas Ranger administration experimented with coordinated outfits that proved unpopular.
Are there any Ranger privates?
How many retired Texas Rangers are there?
We believe the current count is about 130. Many of them qualify for Special or "retired" Texas Ranger commissions for many years after leaving regular service. A common saying is, "once a Ranger, always a Ranger."
What about Hispanic / African-American / Indian Rangers? Are there female Rangers?
'Walker: Texas Ranger" featured the "historical" character of Hayes Cooper in several episodes. Was there a Hayes Cooper, or was the character modeled after a real Ranger? No.
Who makes Texas Ranger badges? I saw some cheap Texas Ranger badges on E-Bay, are they real? Is it possible to buy a Texas Ranger badge?
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