The Xavier University Army Reserve Officer Training Corps “All for One” Battalion is hosting the regional Best Ranger competition on Saturday, April 16, at several locations throughout the Cincinnati area, including Mt. Airy National Forest and the Xavier campus. This is the 12th year for the competition.
Mirrored after the U.S. Army’s Best Ranger Competition, the daylong challenge tests two-member cadet teams in a series of events, including an Army physical fitness test, one rope bridge, hand grenade assault course, land navigation/orienteering, rifle marksmanship and patrolling, and a 10K ruck march through Mt. Airy Forest. The day begins at 5:30 a.m. and finishes around 10:00 p.m.
“It's is an awesome event bringing together some of the best cadets from the area to test their mettle against one another,” says LTC Shane Ousey, commander of Xavier’s battalion. “It is a long day of intense competition, but more importantly it gives the cadets a chance to bond and network with other cadets who will become their future Army peers.”
The event is organized and run entirely by the Xavier ROTC cadets with oversight from the Military Science Cadre. It serves not only as competition but also as training for future Army officers of the All For One Battalion. Xavier has won the event eight out of 12 years. Ohio University is this year’s defending champion.
Fourteen universities from four states are sending 41 teams to participate, including: Austin Peay University, Cedarville University, East Tennessee State University, Indiana-Purdue Indianapolis, Morehead State University, Ohio University, Indiana University, University of Cincinnati, University of Dayton, University of Michigan, Middle Tennessee State University, University of Southern Indiana and Xavier.