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What is a Ranger?


The historic Tennessee Rangers of the early 1900s were the first Tennessee State Law Enforcement agency and many formations of even older Tennessee State military units were organized as Rangers. The Tennessee Rangers were never truly disbanded. It was simply unfunded and left to die out. Our organizational charter is the first mention of the Tennessee Rangers in State Department records since 1923. We are listed as a Tennessee Public Benefit Corporation.


We are not a law enforcement agency. We are not a militia. We are a humanitarian aid organization and select auxiliary constabulary. The collective expertise of our cadre gives law enforcement and state leaders a nimble, budget effective and highly qualified option for specialized consulting and operational support.


We have Squadron Members from many career fields. Many are law enforcement, high level security personnel, military veterans and public safety professionals. Some are not. Some are business leaders and industry professionals.


We have pilots, carpenters, doctors, attorneys, soldiers, Marines and sailors. Lawmen and firemen. Retirees and bodyguards, bankers and professional adventurers. We are a State based martial honor society. A historic constabulary. A humanitarian aid and protection guild of Tennesseans for Tennesseans.



Question: What are the Tennessee Rangers? 

Answer: The Tennessee Rangers are the tip of the spear. However, we are a short spear. We deploy to solve a problem and leave. We do not linger on target. We do not hang around for praise and long term endeavors. We are extremely capable and agile. 

The Tennessee Rangers are a 501c3 non-profit charity and Tennessee public benefit corporation with operational capabilities in numerous fields from disaster relief and rescue operations to public outreach and security management.


As a historic auxiliary constabulary, our highly trained and networked Operational Tennessee Rangers can support any Tennessee state, local or federal agency in specialized missions.


The Tennessee Rangers are a historic martial honor society designed for the betterment of Tennesseans. We exist to professionally network and redeem our members in times of need, as well as assist and protect Tennessee citizens.

We are chartered to assist, protect and defend the people of Tennessee. The Tennessee Rangers serve Tennesseans.



Noun: Ranger; plural noun: Rangers

1: A member of a body of armed men. A mounted soldier.

2: A keeper of a park, forest, estate or area of countryside.

3: A commando or highly trained soldier.

4: A person or thing that wanders or ranges over a particular area or domain.

5: A specially equipped detective or constable.

"Rangers of the mountains..."

"The keeper of a royal park, estate or forest..."


"One who ranges..."


"One of a body of organized armed men who range over a region especially to enforce the law and protect against invasion. A soldier specially trained in close-range fighting and raiding tactics."


English: occupational name for a gamekeeper or warden, from Middle English ranger, an agent derivative of range(n) 'to arrange or dispose'. German: variant of Rang. German: habitational name for someone from any of the places named Rangen, in Alsace, Bavaria, and Hesse.

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