Soldiers in full combat gear, temperatures in the high 90s, and obstacles around every corner was the setting for the Military District of WashingtonAca,!a,,cs Best Warrior Competition at Fort Belvoir from July 12-16.
The Best Warrior Competition was set in place to identify the best Soldier and non commissioned officer throughout the Military District of Washington.
Aca,!A"All the candidates arrived motivated and continued to show that motivation throughout the entire competition. I was glad I was able to provide an opportunity for them to excel and advance their careers and a chance for them to show everyone they are the best of the best,Aca,!A? said Sgt. First Class William Cramer, competition coordinator.
The first day of competition started early in the morning of the 12th at 8 a.m., and consisted of Soldiers doing a written essay and a multiple choice exam over standard army questions. Later Soldiers moved on to compete in standard Army physical fitness test. Finally the Soldiers had to go to a traditional army board.
Aca,!A"The competition was pretty tough. The combative tournament was a challenge. Everyone did their best,Aca,!A? said Sgt. Enes Memic, 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), competitor.
The most stringent part of the entire competition was the last day. The Soldiers had to ruck six miles during the day, stopping at designated points completing particular soldier taskings. Once the soldiers completed all 12 tasks they rucked six more miles back to the start point. One such tasking was to carry six, five-gallon jugs of water for 75 meters in no more than three trips.
Aca,!A"The water cans from the obstacle course were impossible. Honestly carrying them point to point was the hardest part,Aca,!A? said Memic.
The competition wasnAca,!a,,ct all about heartache. Even though it was tough the Soldiers did find some high points to the competition.
Aca,!A"I enjoyed shooting the most on the engagement skill trainer(EST) range. The individual movement tech lane was cool because you are moving under fire,Aca,!A? said Memic.
The entire competition started with 26 candidates, Sgt. Enes Memic and Pfc. Drew Hilliard of The Old Guard won Soldier and NCO of the year, for the Military District of Washington.

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