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Ranger Challenge...

Ranger Challenge is the varsity sport of Army ROTC.

A Ranger Challenge Team is made up of nine cadets, two alternates and at least one female. 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, 2009. Today the Brigade Competition is called the Bold Leader Challenge and is held annually at Ft. Knox, Kentucky. The UNG Spartan Ranger Challenge Team has won this competition in 2014 and 2017.

Not for the weak or faint-hearted!

How do you become a member of the elite Ranger Challenge Team?

Ranger Challenge hosts tryouts every semester. If you think you are up to the challenge, the tryout consists of a Ranger Physical Fitness Test, a Ruck March, a Combat Water Survival Test, and multiple rigorous team building tasks all completed over the course of a week. A Ranger physical fitness test consists of a five-mile run, two-minutes of push-ups, two-minutes of sit-ups, and pull-ups. If you meet the established standard, you become a team member.

Practices and Competitions

The team practices every week day during the semester, usually in the morning from 0500-0800. Practice consists of physical fitness activities followed by classes and practicing competition tasks. There is one competition per semester.

The Ranger Challenge motto

"Civilize the Mind, Make Savage the Body"

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