Background Information

2014 Department of the Army NCO and Soldier of the Year

Twenty-eight of the Army’s finest Warriors, representing 14 commands from across the Army, will converge on Fort Lee, Va., Oct. 6-9 to compete in the 2014 Best Warrior Competition. Described as the “Super Bowl” of Army competitions, the Best Warrior Competition will celebrate its thirteenth anniversary this year.

Sergeant Major of the Army Ray Chandler will oversee the annual competition which names the Department of the Army’s Soldier and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year.

Warriors selected to compete for the prestigious titles have mastered a series of benchmarks throughout the year to qualify for the Army-wide, Best Warrior Competition. Warriors competing for the Soldier of the Year title include the ranks of private through specialist. Warriors competing for the NCO of the Year title include ranks corporal through sergeant first class. All Army active duty, National Guard and Reserve Soldiers are eligible to compete.

The Warriors represented in the competition compete on behalf of these Army Commands: U.S. Army Forces Command, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, U.S. Army Europe, U.S. Army Africa, U.S. Army Materiel Command, U.S. Army Medical Command, U.S. Army Pacific Command, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command, U.S. Army Special Operations Command, U.S. Army Installation Management Command, U.S. Army Reserve Command, U.S. Army National Guard, U.S. Army Service Component Command, and the National Capitol Region, which includes several smaller commands.

The Competition

During the four-day competition, these elite competitors will test their Army aptitude, conquering urban warfare simulations, physical fitness tests, written exams, and Warrior tasks and battle drills relevant to today’s operating environment.

In addition, Warriors will go before a selection board comprised of six senior sergeants major from across the Army. These boards, chaired by Sergeant Major of the Army Ray Chandler, evaluate competitor appearance, military bearing and knowledge of critical Army topics.

Competition winners will be announced on the evening of the final day of the competition, Oct. 9, at Fort Lee, Va. The awards ceremony will be broadcast live at

The Soldier and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year will receive prestigious honors in recognition of their achievements and represent the Army at special events throughout their 2014-2015 tenure.