Best Ranger Competition set for April 22-24
FORT BENNING, Ga. (TRADOC News Service, March 22, 2005) – U.S. Army Ranger teams from around the world will pit their physical and mental endurance against the David E. Grange Jr. Best Ranger Competition April 22-24.
The first event is scheduled to start at 6 a.m. April 22 at Malvesti Field, Fort Benning. The formal awards ceremony will be held April 25.
The three-day Best Ranger Competition was established in 1982 and has been compared to the Ironman and Eco-Challenge competitions. The competition challenges two-man Ranger teams in events that test their physical conditioning, Ranger skills and team strategies. The events are purposely scheduled back-to-back and around the clock for 60 hours, allowing little time for rest and meals.
The competition is conducted on a “come as you are” basis, with no tasks or events announced prior to the competition. In the past, these events have included weapons firing, extended roadmarches and land-navigation courses, Rangers skills and parachute jumps. All events are timed, and competitors score points for each completed event. Both team members must complete each task.
Of the 22
teams that started the 2004 competition, only eight finished. The competition
was not conducted in 2003. The only other time the competition was cancelled
was during Operation Desert Storm.
Capt. John Serafini attempts to land in the drop zone during the spot-jump competition of the 2004 Best Ranger Competition April 23, 2004, at Fort Benning, Ga. Serafini has competed in several Best Ranger competitions. The 2005 competition is scheduled April 22-24 at Fort Benning. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Derrick C. Goode)
The top two Ranger teams cross the finish line April 25, 2004, at the conclusion of the Best Ranger Competition at Fort Benning, Ga. From left to right: Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Wilson and Staff Sgt. John Sheaffer, Staff Sgt. Colin Boley and Staff Sgt. Adam Nash, all of the 75th Ranger Regiment. (Photo by Spc. Eliamar Castanon, The Bayonet)
Capt. John Serafini finishes the helocast swim on Day 3 of the 2002 Best Ranger Competition May 1, 2002. He finished 12th overall. (Photo by Spc. Douglas DeMaio)