The Ranger Challenge is an Army ROTC event that allows cadets from various regional schools to display their physical capabilities and military skills in a competitive environment. Ranger Challenge occurs every year at Fort Knox in Kentucky, pitting some of the best cadets from the 7th Brigade’s 48 programs against one another, culminating in one team being crowned Ranger Challenge Champion. The competition itself generally takes the form of a grueling long-distance ruck march, in which cadets must navigate to various additional events that test your soldiering skills. Scoring is based on time as well as proficiency in each event. Previous events have included a Humvee Push/Pull, Distance Litter Carries, administering First Aid, constructing a One Rope Suspension Bridge, Orienteering, reconnaissance of enemy positions, managing Unexploded Ordnance, navigating a Zodiac Water Course, Obstacle Course, and PT test.
Exactly two months before the challenge, Ranger team begins a weekly physical fitness and training routine. Whether it is an insane abs workout, 6 mile team ruck runs, or crazy upper body workouts, maintaining good physical fitness standards is a key component to a successful Ranger team. Military skills that the team will train for include weapon assembly and disassembly, First Aid, Rope Bridge, and several others. All of the preparation goes towards competing against 40 different schools in the actual challenge. Overall, the Ranger team is a fun, casual club where many will form some of the best friendships they will have in college.