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.
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. The current authorized strength is 150 Rangers. This is the largest number of Rangers since they were placed under the Texas Department of Public Safety 1935. 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 gabardine outfits that proved unpopular.
Are there any Ranger privates?
How many retired Texas Rangers are there?
We believe the current count is about 180. 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?
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