FORT A.P. HILL, Virginia -- 20 Soldiers and Non-commissioned Officers converged on this Caroline County-based installation to compete in the U.S. Army's 2016 Best Warrior Competition, Sept. 26-29.

Now into its 15th iteration, the annual competition pitted some of the Army's finest Warriors, representing 10 major commands from installations worldwide.

Overseen by the Sergeant Major of the Army, the four-day contest tested the Soldiers' physical and mental capabilities, culminating in the selection of this year's NCO and Soldier of the Year. The announcement of which will be made at the SMA's Awards luncheon, Oct. 3, in Washington D.C., and will be live streamed at

The competition consisted of a series of grueling scenarios measuring the Soldiers' military aptitude through urban warfare simulations, board interviews, physical fitness tests, written exams, and Warrior tasks and battle drills relevant to today's operating environment.