Best JAGuars: Paralegal Soldiers 'dig deep, gut it out' in competition to earn privileges
By T. Anthony September 13, 2013
FORT LEE, Va. (Sept. 12, 2013) -- While most of the installation was preparing for the Labor Day weekend Aug. 30, Juliet Company, 244th Quartermaster Battalion, decided to twist the traditional agenda with a fitness event dubbed the Best JAGuar Competition.
The Jaguars, a wordplay based on the Judge Advocate General career management field to which the Soldiers belong, were grouped into teams that tried to outdo each other in a 2-mile run with M-16s, pull-ups, sit-ups, pushups and a 300-yard shuttle run. The prize was a pass upgrade, which in some cases allows the initial entry training Soldiers the privilege of going off post. That possibility brought out a high level of intensity among the contestants. The Jaguars exerted themselves, cheered on their battle buddies and represented the JAG Corps well, said the event's organizer Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Wilkerson.
"The event was meant to be tough and to have a certain 'suck factor,'" he said. "I was proud to see the Soldiers come together and really try their hardest and compete, despite some of the daunting events."