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Ranger challenge is considered as the varsity sport of Army ROTC. It consists of a nine-person coed team and represents the school's ROTC program in the Rocky Mountain Ranger Challenge Competition that is held in Laramie, Wyoming or at Fort Carson, Colorado each fall semester. Its purpose is to develop esprit-de-corps, technical and tactical competence, physical fitness and leadership abilities of its participants.
The competition tests cadets in weapons handling and assembly, marksmanship, one-rope bridge assembly and crossing, orienteering, hand grenade assault course, The Army Physical Fitness Test, combat patrolling or knowledge of and a ten-kilometer forced march with load bearing equipment, M16 rifle, alice pack packed with a minimal amount of gear.
The skills that one learns at Ranger Challenge will be useful as long as they are in the Army, and this will be most apparent for those MS III's who go to The Leadership Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) each summer. Those cadets who have participated in the Ranger Challenge competition will have an advantage over their counterparts at LDAC. Being familiar with these tasks will breed confidence in yourself, which in turn will inspire those around you to follow.
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