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Best Ranger Competition set to begin April 11 at Fort Benning

Mar. 30, 2014 - 06:00AM   |  
The Old Guard soldiers competed in the 2012 David E. Grange Jr. Best Ranger Competition in April 2012 at Fort Benning, Ga.
The Old Guard soldiers competed in the 2012 David E. Grange Jr. Best Ranger Competition in April 2012 at Fort Benning, Ga. (Army)
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Fifty two-man teams are expected at the starting line April 11 for the storied Best Ranger Competition.

This year’s David E. Grange Jr. Best Ranger Competition will run April 11-13 at Fort Benning, Ga. The first event is scheduled to start at 6 a.m. April 11; the famously punishing competition is expected to run almost continuously through the evening of April 13. The formal awards ceremony will take place April 14.

A full field of 50 teams is expected to compete this year.

The three-day Best Ranger Competition was established in 1982, and it has been compared to Ironman and Eco-Challenge competitions.

Competitors are put through 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.

In the past, events included weapons firing, extended road marches, day and night land navigation courses, Ranger skills and parachute jumps. All events are timed, and competitors score points for each completed event.

Both team members must complete each task.

Event organizers predict that each competitor will cover up to 75 miles with little or no sleep over the course of the three-day competition.

Of the 50 teams at the starting line in 2013, only 23 finished the competition. In 2012, 34 of the 50 teams completed the competition.

All competitors are graduates of the Army Ranger School at Fort Benning, and they represent all the services.

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