Ranger Challenge is the varsity sport of Army ROTC. A Ranger Challenge Team is made up of nine cadets. They compete against other colleges throughout the nation in events such as: patrolling, marksmanship, weapons assembly, one-rope bridge, grenade assault course, Army Physical Fitness Test, land navigation, and a ten kilometer road march.
Ranger Challenge started at UNG in 1987. The first team at UNG was called Spurgeon’s Rangers, their advisor was Sergeant Major Spurgeon. The team won first place in the brigade competition held at Fort Stewart, Georgia in 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2009. They placed first among all other ROTC teams at the United States Military Academy's Sandhurst Competition in 1997, 2001, and 2009.
In 2009 the Ranger Challenge competed in the 6th Brigade Ranger Challenge Competition. The article below summarizes the training regime and results for the competition:
Not for the weak or faint-hearted!
How do you become a member of the elite Ranger Challenge Team?
If you are a new Cadet, you will be observed during FROG Week (Cadet basic training) and evaluated on your physical fitness scores and leadership ability. If we believe that you can meet the challenge, we will invite you to take a Ranger physical fitness test consisting of a 5-mile run, 2-minutes of push-ups, two-minutes of sit-ups, and pull-ups. If you meet the standard, you become a team member. If you are a current Cadet, you are selected based on your demonstrated fitness and leadership ability.
Practices and Competitions
The team practices every week day during the semester, usually in the morning from 0500-0800. Practice consists of a lot of physical fitness activities followed by classes and practicing competition tasks. There are one to two competitions per semester.
The Ranger Challenge motto
"Courage Never Quits!"
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