ROTC Ranger Challenge -a few Q's

sealion

10-Year Member
If you or your child have done Ranger Challenge please offer your insight.

When and where is it this year?

Is it a national event or are there regional events?

What events are in the competition?

Do participants compete in every event or just their best ones?

Are spectators allowed?

Anything else you would like to add would be appreciated. Thanks.
 

footballfreak44

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Ive never been in it before, but from what the PMS at my prospective college told me, its a regional event. Not national.
 

singaporemom

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From Indiana University website:

Ranger Challenge is Army ROTC's varsity sport, with competitors earning an IU Varsity Athletic Letter. The competition focuses on the basic infantry skills, with Squad-sized teams competing against other schools in rifle marksmanship, constructing a rope-bridge, patrolling, disassembly and reassembly of the M16A2, the Army Physical Fitness Test, land navigation, and a 10K road march. The competition takes place in the fall and all cadets in good academic standing are invited to take part. Ranger Challenge cadets PT five times a week and many weekends, separate from the rest of the battalion, in order to train the required skills for the competition.

This past fall, our cadets competed very successfully. Our 9-man team finished in First Place for the third year in a row, and our 5-man team also finished in First Place of all the 5-man teams. Both teams dominated in their category, winning most of the events. We had a womens team compete this year, and they finished third overall.

The purpose for Ranger Challenge Program is to challenge cadets in tough mental and physical competition, enhance leadership, develop team cohesion, and to develop healthy competition among ROTC battalions. Each year, top cadets from around the country gather to compete in Army ROTC's Ranger Challenge.

Ranger Challenge is designed to test the strongest cadets from around the nation. Events include:

• APFT - Army Physical Fitness Test
• One-rope bridge - Teams cross a 40-foot water obstacle using a single rope
• HUMVEE pull - Secure a HUMVEE, evaluate a simulated casualty and pull the HUMVEE to a secure location
• Litter Carry - Evaluate a simulated casualty and move to a secure location as a team
• Night Orienteering - Navigate to specified points at night in teams
• Orienteering - Teams use land navigation skills to find 40 checkpoints
• 10K road march - Teams run in "full battle rattle" - with their rifles and all of their gear in a ruck sack
• Obstacle Course - Negotiate a series of obstacles as a team maintaining all gear.
 

sealion

10-Year Member
singaporemom said:
Ranger Challenge cadets PT five times a week and many weekends, separate from the rest of the battalion, in order to train the required skills for the competition.
GULP :eek: High-calorie box going out tomorrow!
 

rotc2013

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Yes make no mistake ranger challenge PT is hard. We have a group at our school currently training for it, they conduct their own sessions away from the rest of our group and while I'm not with them I can guarantee they are working hard!

I believe there is also a grenade assault course and m16 marksmanship at Ranger Challenge...
 

footballfreak44

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I was also wondering, that if doing Ranger Challenge during ROTC would increase you at all on the Order of Merit list. Therefore increasing your chances of you number 1 MOS and duty station? Or is it simply for fun?
 

footballfreak44

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Oops, sorry to double post, but when I first looked at that I swear it said you do NOT get points for Ranger Challenge. I guess i read wrong, but its even better that you do get points.
 

adrummer71

2LT
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I'm in our battalion's Ranger Challenge team (Charlie Company). Yes, we conduct our PT separate, we do PT every weekday morning at 0600 instead of just Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and we have Tuesday and Friday training labs, in marksmanship, grenade assault, one-rope bridge. We do a lot of rucking, including ruck runs. All of that on top of regular battalion activities.

Besides that, it's a lot of fun, and you'll really get in shape.
 
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