FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (Feb. 14, 2019) -- Applications for engineers wanting to compete in the 13th annual Lt. Gen. Robert B. Flowers Best Sapper Competition are now being accepted through March 8.

The date of the three-day competition, which takes place at Fort Leonard Wood, home of the U.S. Army Engineer Regiment, is April 8 through 10. Competitors will report on April 6.

Priority will be given to teams composed of two Sapper Leader Course graduates.

"The rank and Military Occupational Specialty of the applicants is immaterial," said Capt. Timothy Smith, Sapper Training Company commander. "Teams that do not meet the criteria will be placed on an Order of Merit List."

Up to 50 teams will start the 50-hour competition, where they will travel 50 miles while completing a variety of events that test their technical and tactical proficiency as Sapper leaders.

"I urge teams to come out and challenge themselves among the finest to see if they have what it take to be the next Best Sapper," 1st Sgt. John Adkerson, Sapper Training Company first sergeant, said.

The Best Sapper Competition began in 2005 as a means for engineers to demonstrate their skills, and was renamed after the 50th Chief of Engineers in 2018.

For more information, visit the BSC website at https://home.army.mil/wood/index.php/units-tenants/USAES/Sapper/BSC, or email the Sapper Training Company at usarmy.leonardwood.engineer-schl.mbx.best-sapper@mail.mil.

The public will be able to follow the competition on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BestSapper, or by using #BestSapper on social media.