Xavier's Army ROTC "All For One" Battalion wins the Best Ranger Competition

Xavier placed ahead of the University of Louisville and University of Dayton | April 20, 2011

The Xavier University Army Reserve Officer Training Corps “All for One” Battalion won its own Best Ranger competition on Saturday, April 16. Cadets David Harper and Jordan Marks, both juniors at Xavier, took first place in the competition. A team from the University of Louisville placed second and the University of Dayton was third. The fastest female team was from Middle Tennessee State University.

The competition, in its 12th year, took place at several locations throughout the Cincinnati area, including Mt. Airy National Forest and the Xavier campus. There were 31 teams from 11 universities taking part in competition that began at 5:30 a.m. and finished at about 10 p.m.

Mirrored after the U.S. Army’s Best Ranger competition, the challenge tests two-member cadet teams in a series of events, including an Army physical fitness test, a one-rope bridge, a hand grenade assault course, land navigation/orienteering, rifle marksmanship and patrolling. It culminates in a 10K-ruck march through Mt. Airy Forest. 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.

“The Xavier Best Ranger Competition 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 Second Lieutenant Army peers.”

Ohio University won last year’s competition.