Team Rankings

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, 7 May

  • 0630 - 0800
  • 0700 - 1000
  • 0730 - 1130
  • 0830 - 1400
  • 0930 - 1600
  • 1030 - 1800
  • 1115 - 1900
  • 1145 - 2000
  • 1300 - 2000
  • 2100 - UTC
  • Buddy Run
  • Urban Obstacle Course
  • Orienteering 1
  • Stress Shoot
  • Machine Gun Range
  • Moving Target Range
  • Buddy Run 2
  • Spot Jump
  • Orienteering 2
  • Footmarch
  • Victory Pond
  • CACTF
  • Red Diamond Road
  • Malone 3
  • Malone 5
  • Malone 15
  • Lee Field
  • Fryar Drop Zone
  • Uchee Creek
  • Fryar Drop Zone

Saturday, 8 May

  • 0001 - 0330
  • 0330 - 0700
  • 0800 - 1800
  • 2000 - UTC
  • Foot March
  • Night Stakes
  • Day Stakes
  • Night Orienteering
  • Todd Field
  • Todd Field
  • Krilling Range
  • Camp Darby

Sunday, 9 May

  • 0001 - 0800
  • 0800 - 1130
  • 0900 - 1230
  • 0930 - 1500
  • 1015 - 1645
  • 1700 - 1730
  • 1800 - UTC
  • Night Orienteering
  • Darby Queen
  • Helocast
  • WCT
  • Canoe Race
  • Buddy Run
  • Super Supper
  • Camp Darby
  • Camp Darby
  • Victory Pond
  • Victory Pond
  • Chattahoochee River
  • Freedom Hall
  • Freedom Hall

Monday, 10 May

  • 1000 - 1100
  • Award Ceremony
  • Freedom Hall
Competitor doing a pull-up

Previous Winners

2009

SFC Blake Simms and SFC Chad Stackpole
(4th Ranger Training Battalion)

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.