FORT MCCOY, Wis. -- The Army Reserve’s Best Warrior Competition will be held at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin June 20-24, 2011. Forty-three Soldiers from the 205,000-strong Army Reserve were selected to compete.

Two winners will be selected as the Army Reserve’s Soldier and Non-Commissioned Officer of the year and will represent the Army Reserve at the Army’s Best Warrior Competition in October at Fort Lee, Va.

The Soldiers will spend the week on a variety of challenges. They will take the Army Physical Fitness Test consisting of push-ups, sit-ups and a two mile-run; fire M-4 rifles on a night qualification range illuminated by pyrotechnics; negotiate day and night land navigation courses; and prove their mettle in other tests of skill such as hand-to-hand combat, first aid, and weapons assembly.

Their military backgrounds and experience represent the entire spectrum of the Army Reserve. Many have deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kuwait. Their career fields include military police, healthcare, mechanics, human resources, intelligence, chaplain assistant and engineering. They represent a wide cross-section of America, hailing from various states across the United States.

The winners will be announced at an awards dinner at 5 p.m. Central time, June 24, at the American Legion Post in Sparta, Wis. The top NCO and Soldier will go on to represent Army Reserve at the Department of the Army “Best Warrior” Competition, to be held in October at Fort Lee, Va.

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