BEST RANGER COMPETITION

The three-day David E. Grange Jr. Best Ranger Competition runs from April 17 through 19 and sees the Army's best two-person Ranger teams compete for the title of Best Ranger.

During its three punishing, sleep-deprived days, Ranger teams compete across a 75-mile swath of terrain, shoot at eight firing ranges, and complete a variety of demanding Ranger tasks of the type they'd perform in combat.

The Best Ranger Competition is one of the most prestigious in the U.S. military and is one of the most physically grueling competitions in the world, as is the Army's Ranger School here. Both are known for their extraordinary physical and mental demands and for the level of proficiency required.

Best Ranger Competition's April 17 opening ceremony at Camp Rogers starts a day that includes, among other events, the rigors of the Malvesti Confidence Course, as well as an urban assault course, competitions in marksmanship and weapons assembly, an obstacle course, and a rugged, timed foot march that typically lasts into the late night. Typically, that march reduces the field of Best Ranger competitors by nearly half.

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