Soldier crossing overhead on a rope

The Competition

In July of 1981, The Ranger Department was asked to design and conduct a “Ranger Olympics,” in order to identify the best two-man Ranger buddy team in the Ranger Department. From the very beginning the objective was clear: The competition should place extreme demands on each buddy teams’ physical, mental, technical and tactical skills as Rangers. The standards of performance were to test the mettle of those Ranger-qualified Soldiers who dared to compete. The Best Ranger competition was named in Honor of Lt. Gen. David E. Grange Jr., former Ranger Instructor, Ranger Department director, and who, at one time, commanded Fort Benning, Ga., the 2nd Infantry Division, and the United States Sixth Army. Richard A. Leandri, a close personal friend of Grange, formed the Chairborne Rangers of Clearwater, Fla., in 1979, to financially support the competition and provide awards to the winning teams.

In 1981, Col. Duane Cameron, commander of the Ranger Department, developed the operational concept and schedule of events for the first Best Ranger Competition, which was further refined by his successor, Col. Eugene Hawkins.

In 1982, buddy teams from each of the three Ranger Department Divisions competed against each other in the first Best Ranger Competition. The competition expanded in 1982, to include teams from the Ranger Battalions and Special Operations units throughout the Army. In 1985, the competition was further expanded to include light infantry units, and by 1987, the increased interest in the competition resulted in an Armywide invitation to all units with Ranger coded positions. Many of the participating commands conduct preliminary competitions to select the teams that will represent them at Fort Benning each year, resulting in only the best Ranger qualified Soldiers competing.

2014 Event Schedule

Friday, 11 April

  • 0600 – 0615
  • 0615 – 0700
  • 0700 – 0745
  • 0745 – 0815
  • 0815 – 0915
  • 0915 – 1200
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  • 1200 – 1245
  • 1245 – 1430
  • 1430 – 1530
  • 1530 – 1900
  • 1930 – 0300
  • Opening Ceremony
  • Buddy Run
  • Malvesti
  • Malvesti run to Victory Pond
  • Pond Swim
  • Combat Water Survival Assessment
  • Buddy Run
  • Stress Shoot #1
  • Buddy Run
  • Land Navigation (Day)
  • Foot March
  • Camp Rogers
  • Camp Rogers
  • Camp Rogers
  • Malvesti to Victory Pond
  • Victory Pond
  • Victory Pond
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  • Victory Pond to Krilling Range
  • Krilling Range
  • Krilling Range to Yankee LN
  • Yankee LN
  • Foot March Route

Saturday, 12 April

  • 0230 – 0530
  • 0700 – 1600
  • 2000 – 0200
  • Night Stakes
  • Day Stakes Events
  • Night Orienteering
  • Camp Rogers
  • Todd Field
  • Bush Hill to Camp Darby

Sunday, 13 April

  • 0630 - 1200
  • 1200 - 1400
  • 1430 - 1530
  • 1700 - UTC
  • Darby Queen
  • Spot Jump
  • Final Buddy Run
  • Super Supper
  • Camp Darby
  • Fryar DZ
  • ECP to Freedom Hall
  • Freedom Hall

Monday, 14 April

  • 1000 - 1200
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  • Awards Ceremony
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  • Marshall Auditorium at McGinnis - Wickham Hall (Bldg:4)