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Best Ranger begins April 15

Best Ranger begins April 15


By Kellie AbernethyApril 13, 2016

FORT BENNING, Ga., (April 13, 2016) — Get your team T-shirts and cheering voice ready – the 33rd annual Best Ranger Competition is almost here.

The competition kicks off April 15, and Family and friends are encouraged to come out and cheer on their favorite Soldiers as they compete in two-man teams for the title of Best Ranger.

The 2016 Best Ranger Competition will showcase 100 Ranger-qualified Soldiers ranging from specialist to captain, including a first sergeant from U.S. Army Alaska and one from Fort Jackson, South Carolina.

"The Best Ranger Competition highlights the top Rangers across the U.S. military. That's including anyone with a Ranger tab, whether it be Navy, Marines, Army or National Guard," said Sgt. 1st Class Ronald Salley, public affairs NCO for the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade.

Although the competition is open to all the services, this year's competitors are from the Army only. The competition consists of round-the-clock events over the course of 60 hours, demanding each competitor be a decathlon-caliber athlete, according to Events from previous years include everything from a combat water survival assessment, stress shoot, a writing test covering the Ranger handbook and an unknown distance swim.

"They will get minimum sleep. It also takes maximum effort to just finish the race so this is basically the ultimate endurance race that only the Army puts on for the top Rangers,"…

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