The Xavier University Army Reserve Officer Training Corps “All for One” Battalion is hosting the regional ROTC Best Ranger Competition on Saturday, April 21, at Xavier’s Armory, Withrow High School and Mt. Airy Forest.
Begun 13 years ago, the competition is a showcase of the work and accomplishments of the young men and women who are beginning their service in the Armed Forces. Mirrored after the U.S. Army’s Best Ranger Competition, this day-long 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, marksmanship and patrolling, culminating in a ruck march through Mt. Airy Forest.
“The Xavier Best Ranger Competition brings together some of the best cadets from the area to test their mettle against one another,” says LTC Shane Ousey, professor of military science and battalion commander at Xavier. “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 second lieutenant Army peers.”
The event is organized and run entirely by the Xavier ROTC cadets with oversight by 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 is this year’s defending champion, having won the event nine out of 12 years, and looks to continue that tradition this year.
Eleven universities from five states are sending 29 teams to participate. In addition to Xavier, they include: Austin Peay University, East Tennessee State University, Ohio University, Indiana University, University of Dayton, Michigan State University, University of Louisville, Eastern Kentucky University, Vanderbilt University and Purdue University. Cadets compete for the coveted title of “Best Ranger.”
Learn more about the event at the battalion's website.