The Competition

In July 1981, the Chairborne Rangers, a civilian organization that supports Rangers, asked the Ranger Training Department to design and conduct a "Ranger Olympics" in order to identify the best two-man Ranger team in the Army. From the beginning, the objective was clear, competition should place extreme demands on the team's physical, mental and technical abilities as Rangers. The standards of performance must vastly exceed those required by the average Soldier.

The first two Best Ranger Competitions were held as competitions between teams from each of the three Ranger Department Camps. In 1984, the Competition expanded to include teams from throughout the Army. Interest in the Best Ranger Competition has risen to such a high level that many of the participating commands now conduct preliminary competitions to select the teams that will represent their unit at Fort Benning each year. The competition is a 3-day event consisting of physical and mental tasks undertaken with very little rest between events. Selected events must be completed to remain in the competition. The historical attrition rate averages approximately 60%. Competitors are not aware of test sequence until arriving at the test site. The competition has grown over the years to be one of the highlights for Fort Benning with multi-media coverage and outstanding guest speakers.

2009 Schedule

Friday, 8 May

  • 0600 - 0745
  • 0745 - 1230
  • 0830 - 1400
  • 0930 - 1445
  • 1000 - 1515
  • 1030 - 1600
  • 1115 - 1630
  • 1145 - 1730
  • 1230 - 1830
  • 2100 - 2400
  • Buddy Run
  • Darby Queen
  • Spot Jump
  • Buddy Run
  • Machine Gun Range
  • Stress Shoot
  • Moving Target Range
  • Orienteering
  • Expedient Litter Carry
  • Foot March
  • Camp Darby
  • Camp Darby
  • Lee DZ
  • Lee DZ to Malone 12
  • Malone 12
  • Malone 16
  • Malone 18
  • Malone 18 to Coombs
  • Coombs DZ
  • Fort Benning

Saturday, 9 May

  • 0001 – 0300
  • 0330 – 0600
  • 0400 – 0630
  • 0430 – 0700
  • 0500 – 0730
  • 0800 – 1610
  • 0800 – 1610
  • 0800 – 1610
  • 1930 – 2400
  • Foot March
  • Weapons Assembly
  • Mystery Event
  • Administer IV
  • Equipment Layout
  • Day Stakes
  • Tri-Tower Challenge
  • Stress Shoot
  • Orienteering
  • Fort Benning
  • Todd Field
  • Todd Field
  • Todd Field
  • Todd Field
  • Todd Field
  • Todd Field
  • Brinson Range
  • Fort Benning

Sunday, 10 May

  • 0001 – 0800
  • 0830 – 1100
  • 0930 – 1400
  • 1400 – 1600
  • 1430 – 1600
  • 1700
  • Orienteering
  • Helocast / Swim
  • WCT
  • Canoe
  • Buddy Run
  • UTC Super Supper
  • Mckenna Mout Site
  • Hurley Hill
  • Hurley Hill
  • Chattahoochee
  • Freedom Hall / LAAF
  • Freedom Hall / LAAF

Sunday, 10 May

  • 1000 - 1400
  • Award Ceremony
  • Ranger Memorial
Competitor doing a pull-up

Previous Winners

2008

SSG Michael Broussard and SSG Shayne Cherry
(75th Ranger Regiment)

2007

MAJ Liam Collins and MSG Walter Zajkowski
(USASOC)

2006

SFC John Sheaffer and SPC Mikhail Venikov
(75th Ranger Regiment)

2005

CPT McCallum and SFC Nelson
(4th Ranger Training Battalion)

2004

SSG Colin Boley and SSG Adam Nash.
(75th Ranger Regiment)

2003

Event Canceled

2002

CPT Duane Patin and SSG Daniel Jenkins
(5th Ranger Training Battalion, RTB)

2001

GYSGT Keith Oakes and SFC William Patterson
(5th Ranger Training Battalion, RTB)

2000

2LT Messerschmitt and 2LT Ahern
(IOBC Detachment)

View full list of Best Ranger Winners.