First Scout Ranger Regiment
Pin Badge of the Scout Rangers
ActiveNovember 25, 1950 – present
CountryPhilippines Philippines
BranchPhilippine Army
Type Special Forces
RoleAnti-guerrilla jungle warfare
Raiding operations
Hostage rescue
Size5 Battalions
Part ofSpecial Operations Command (Philippines) and the Philippine Army
Garrison/HQFort Bonifacio, Taguig City
Camp Tecson, San Miguel, Bulacan (Main)
Nickname(s)Musangs, FSRR, Strikers, Rangers, SR, Scout Ranger
Motto(s)We Strike
MarchScout Ranger
Mascot(s)Black panther[citation needed]
AnniversariesNovember 25
Philippine Republic Presidential Unit Citation Badge
Presidential Streamer Award
Col. Isagani O. Criste PA

The Scout Rangers, known officially as the First Scout Ranger Regiment,[1] is a Philippine Army unit specializing in anti-guerrilla jungle warfare, raids, ambushes, close quarters combat, urban warfare and sabotage.

Their headquarters is based at Camp Pablo Tecson in San Miguel, Bulacan.[2][3]

The regiment is also known as Musangs (in English, Scout Rangers)[1][4]


The First Scout Ranger Regiment was formed on November 25, 1950, under the command of former AFP Vice Chief of Staff and Defense Secretary Rafael M. Ileto[5] The unit was modelled after the Alamo Scouts and the US Army Rangers.[6] The FSSR was created due to a growing need to counter the Hukbalahap guerrillas with a force trained in small unit actions.[7] Initially known as the Scout Ranger Training Unit (SRTU), they were made up of 5 man teams, made up of one officer and 4 enlisted men.[8] SRTU teams used deep penetration tactics to infiltrate Huk-held territory and take out their units.[8] In 1954, the Army decided to combine all active SRTU units into the 1st Scout Ranger Regiment.[8]

During the Cold War, the FSRR provided training for prospective commandos of the Royal Laotian Army.[6]

The Scout Rangers participated in the December 1989 coup attempt against the administration of Corazon Aquino.[9] Led by then Captain Danilo Lim, Major Abraham Purugganan and Lieutenant Colonel Rafael Galvez, some 2500 Rangers took over Makati in the most destructive coup attempt against the Aquino administration[10] which left hundreds of civilians and soldiers dead, and hundreds more injured.

The Scout Rangers played a major role in capturing the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebel camp during the 2000 all-out war against the MILF.[11]

During the Battle of Marawi of 2017, Scout Rangers were the first elite units deployed with the 1st Infantry Division to neutralize the Islamic State-inspired groups the Maute and Abu Sayyaf and their leaders Isnilon Hapilon and the Maute brothers. During the battle, the Rangers incurred many casualties including a veteran Captain of the battle of Zamboanga city. A Scout Ranger is credited with killing Hapilon during the final stages of battle.[12]

President Duterte was awarded the SR badge in 2017.[13]



The following are subordinate battalions and companies of the First Scout Rangers.[citation needed]




Scout Ranger training has made the distinction that a graduating class must undergo an actual combat mission.[14]

In November 2021, the Scout Rangers have conducted joint training with Kopassus operators.[15]


  1. ^ a b Cabunoc, Maj Harold. "Scout Rangers: The legend continues". Retrieved April 15, 2023.
  2. ^ "Philippines to scrap future war games with U.S." September 29, 2016.
  3. ^ "DND sets aside P83M for rangers' project". The Manila Times. October 20, 2020.
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  5. ^ Conboy (1991), pp. 27–28.
  6. ^ a b Conboy (1991), p. 28.
  7. ^ "A salute to the brave". The Philippine STAR.
  8. ^ a b c "1st Scout Ranger Regiment".
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  12. ^ "Army commander shares how they killed Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute". October 17, 2017. Retrieved January 10, 2018.
  13. ^ President Duterte receives Honorary Scout Ranger Badge from First Scout Ranger Regiment 24 November 2017Archived 10 December 2022 at the Wayback Machine
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  15. ^ "Scout Rangers, Indonesia Special Forces conclude 2-week training". Philippine News Agency.