ROTC cadets ‘push boundaries’ during Ranger Challenge 2021

By Staff Sgt. Shawn MorrisOctober 28, 2021

Reserve Officers' Training Corps cadets from Drexel University march to their next event during this year’s 2nd Brigade Ranger Challenge Competition held Oct. 22-24 at various training areas on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. Ranger Challenge is designed to test cadets’ mental and physical toughness, and to develop leadership while fostering teamwork and esprit-de-corps as teams participate in a series of graded events. (U.S. Army photo by Mr. Shawn Morris, 99th Readiness Division Public Affairs)
1 / 25 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Reserve Officers' Training Corps cadets from Drexel University march to their next event during this year’s 2nd Brigade Ranger Challenge Competition held Oct. 22-24 at various training areas on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. Ranger Challenge is designed to test cadets’ mental and physical toughness, and to develop leadership while fostering teamwork and esprit-de-corps as teams participate in a series of graded events. (U.S. Army photo by Mr. Shawn Morris, 99th Readiness Division Public Affairs) (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Shawn Morris) VIEW ORIGINAL
Reserve Officers' Training Corps cadets from schools throughout the northeastern United States compete in this year’s 2nd Brigade Ranger Challenge Competition held Oct. 22-24 at various training areas on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. Ranger Challenge is designed to test cadets’ mental and physical toughness, and to develop leadership while fostering teamwork and esprit-de-corps as teams participate in a series of graded events. (U.S. Army photo by Mr. Shawn Morris, 99th Readiness Division Public Affairs)
2 / 25 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Reserve Officers' Training Corps cadets from schools throughout the northeastern United States compete in this year’s 2nd Brigade Ranger Challenge Competition held Oct. 22-24 at various training areas on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. Ranger Challenge is designed to test cadets’ mental and physical toughness, and to develop leadership while fostering teamwork and esprit-de-corps as teams participate in a series of graded events. (U.S. Army photo by Mr. Shawn Morris, 99th Readiness Division Public Affairs) (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Shawn Morris) VIEW ORIGINAL
Cadet Ryan Ott, Drexel University Reserve Officers' Training Corps, competes in the 2nd Brigade Ranger Challenge Competition held Oct. 22-24 on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. Ranger Challenge is designed to test cadets’ mental and physical toughness, and to develop leadership while fostering teamwork and esprit-de-corps as teams participate in a series of graded events. (U.S. Army photo by Mr. Shawn Morris, 99th Readiness Division Public Affairs)
3 / 25 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Cadet Ryan Ott, Drexel University Reserve Officers' Training Corps, competes in the 2nd Brigade Ranger Challenge Competition held Oct. 22-24 on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. Ranger Challenge is designed to test cadets’ mental and physical toughness, and to develop leadership while fostering teamwork and esprit-de-corps as teams participate in a series of graded events. (U.S. Army photo by Mr. Shawn Morris, 99th Readiness Division Public Affairs) (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Shawn Morris) VIEW ORIGINAL
Reserve Officers' Training Corps cadets from Drexel University grapple with the Grenade Assault Course during this year’s 2nd Brigade Ranger Challenge Competition held Oct. 22-24 at various training areas on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. Ranger Challenge is designed to test cadets’ mental and physical toughness, and to develop leadership while fostering teamwork and esprit-de-corps as teams participate in a series of graded events. (U.S. Army photo by Mr. Shawn Morris, 99th Readiness Division Public Affairs)
4 / 25 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Reserve Officers' Training Corps cadets from Drexel University grapple with the Grenade Assault Course during this year’s 2nd Brigade Ranger Challenge Competition held Oct. 22-24 at various training areas on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. Ranger Challenge is designed to test cadets’ mental and physical toughness, and to develop leadership while fostering teamwork and esprit-de-corps as teams participate in a series of graded events. (U.S. Army photo by Mr. Shawn Morris, 99th Readiness Division Public Affairs) (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Shawn Morris) VIEW ORIGINAL
Reserve Officers' Training Corps cadets from Drexel University grapple with the Grenade Assault Course during this year’s 2nd Brigade Ranger Challenge Competition held Oct. 22-24 at various training areas on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. Ranger Challenge is designed to test cadets’ mental and physical toughness, and to develop leadership while fostering teamwork and esprit-de-corps as teams participate in a series of graded events. (U.S. Army photo by Mr. Shawn Morris, 99th Readiness Division Public Affairs)
5 / 25 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Reserve Officers' Training Corps cadets from Drexel University grapple with the Grenade Assault Course during this year’s 2nd Brigade Ranger Challenge Competition held Oct. 22-24 at various training areas on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. Ranger Challenge is designed to test cadets’ mental and physical toughness, and to develop leadership while fostering teamwork and esprit-de-corps as teams participate in a series of graded events. (U.S. Army photo by Mr. Shawn Morris, 99th Readiness Division Public Affairs) (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Shawn Morris) VIEW ORIGINAL
Reserve Officers' Training Corps cadets from Drexel University grapple with the Grenade Assault Course during this year’s 2nd Brigade Ranger Challenge Competition held Oct. 22-24 at various training areas on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. Ranger Challenge is designed to test cadets’ mental and physical toughness, and to develop leadership while fostering teamwork and esprit-de-corps as teams participate in a series of graded events. (U.S. Army photo by Mr. Shawn Morris, 99th Readiness Division Public Affairs)
6 / 25 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Reserve Officers' Training Corps cadets from Drexel University grapple with the Grenade Assault Course during this year’s 2nd Brigade Ranger Challenge Competition held Oct. 22-24 at various training areas on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. Ranger Challenge is designed to test cadets’ mental and physical toughness, and to develop leadership while fostering teamwork and esprit-de-corps as teams participate in a series of graded events. (U.S. Army photo by Mr. Shawn Morris, 99th Readiness Division Public Affairs) (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Shawn Morris) VIEW ORIGINAL
Reserve Officers' Training Corps cadets from Drexel University grapple with the Grenade Assault Course during this year’s 2nd Brigade Ranger Challenge Competition held Oct. 22-24 at various training areas on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. Ranger Challenge is designed to test cadets’ mental and physical toughness, and to develop leadership while fostering teamwork and esprit-de-corps as teams participate in a series of graded events. (U.S. Army photo by Mr. Shawn Morris, 99th Readiness Division Public Affairs)
7 / 25 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Reserve Officers' Training Corps cadets from Drexel University grapple with the Grenade Assault Course during this year’s 2nd Brigade Ranger Challenge Competition held Oct. 22-24 at various training areas on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. Ranger Challenge is designed to test cadets’ mental and physical toughness, and to develop leadership while fostering teamwork and esprit-de-corps as teams participate in a series of graded events. (U.S. Army photo by Mr. Shawn Morris, 99th Readiness Division Public Affairs) (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Shawn Morris) VIEW ORIGINAL
Reserve Officers' Training Corps cadets from Drexel University grapple with the Grenade Assault Course during this year’s 2nd Brigade Ranger Challenge Competition held Oct. 22-24 at various training areas on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. Ranger Challenge is designed to test cadets’ mental and physical toughness, and to develop leadership while fostering teamwork and esprit-de-corps as teams participate in a series of graded events. (U.S. Army photo by Mr. Shawn Morris, 99th Readiness Division Public Affairs)
8 / 25 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Reserve Officers' Training Corps cadets from Drexel University grapple with the Grenade Assault Course during this year’s 2nd Brigade Ranger Challenge Competition held Oct. 22-24 at various training areas on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. Ranger Challenge is designed to test cadets’ mental and physical toughness, and to develop leadership while fostering teamwork and esprit-de-corps as teams participate in a series of graded events. (U.S. Army photo by Mr. Shawn Morris, 99th Readiness Division Public Affairs) (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Shawn Morris) VIEW ORIGINAL
Reserve Officers' Training Corps cadets from Drexel University grapple with the Grenade Assault Course during this year’s 2nd Brigade Ranger Challenge Competition held Oct. 22-24 at various training areas on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. Ranger Challenge is designed to test cadets’ mental and physical toughness, and to develop leadership while fostering teamwork and esprit-de-corps as teams participate in a series of graded events. (U.S. Army photo by Mr. Shawn Morris, 99th Readiness Division Public Affairs)
9 / 25 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Reserve Officers' Training Corps cadets from Drexel University grapple with the Grenade Assault Course during this year’s 2nd Brigade Ranger Challenge Competition held Oct. 22-24 at various training areas on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. Ranger Challenge is designed to test cadets’ mental and physical toughness, and to develop leadership while fostering teamwork and esprit-de-corps as teams participate in a series of graded events. (U.S. Army photo by Mr. Shawn Morris, 99th Readiness Division Public Affairs) (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Shawn Morris) VIEW ORIGINAL
Reserve Officers' Training Corps cadets from Drexel University grapple with the Grenade Assault Course during this year’s 2nd Brigade Ranger Challenge Competition held Oct. 22-24 at various training areas on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. Ranger Challenge is designed to test cadets’ mental and physical toughness, and to develop leadership while fostering teamwork and esprit-de-corps as teams participate in a series of graded events. (U.S. Army photo by Mr. Shawn Morris, 99th Readiness Division Public Affairs)
10 / 25 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Reserve Officers' Training Corps cadets from Drexel University grapple with the Grenade Assault Course during this year’s 2nd Brigade Ranger Challenge Competition held Oct. 22-24 at various training areas on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. Ranger Challenge is designed to test cadets’ mental and physical toughness, and to develop leadership while fostering teamwork and esprit-de-corps as teams participate in a series of graded events. (U.S. Army photo by Mr. Shawn Morris, 99th Readiness Division Public Affairs) (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Shawn Morris) VIEW ORIGINAL
Cadet Ryan Ott (right), Drexel University Reserve Officers' Training Corps, competes in the 2nd Brigade Ranger Challenge Competition held Oct. 22-24 on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. Ranger Challenge is designed to test cadets’ mental and physical toughness, and to develop leadership while fostering teamwork and esprit-de-corps as teams participate in a series of graded events. (U.S. Army photo by Mr. Shawn Morris, 99th Readiness Division Public Affairs)
11 / 25 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Cadet Ryan Ott (right), Drexel University Reserve Officers' Training Corps, competes in the 2nd Brigade Ranger Challenge Competition held Oct. 22-24 on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. Ranger Challenge is designed to test cadets’ mental and physical toughness, and to develop leadership while fostering teamwork and esprit-de-corps as teams participate in a series of graded events. (U.S. Army photo by Mr. Shawn Morris, 99th Readiness Division Public Affairs) (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Shawn Morris) VIEW ORIGINAL
Reserve Officers' Training Corps cadets from Drexel University check their gear during this year’s 2nd Brigade Ranger Challenge Competition held Oct. 22-24 at various training areas on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. Ranger Challenge is designed to test cadets’ mental and physical toughness, and to develop leadership while fostering teamwork and esprit-de-corps as teams participate in a series of graded events. (U.S. Army photo by Mr. Shawn Morris, 99th Readiness Division Public Affairs)
12 / 25 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Reserve Officers' Training Corps cadets from Drexel University check their gear during this year’s 2nd Brigade Ranger Challenge Competition held Oct. 22-24 at various training areas on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. Ranger Challenge is designed to test cadets’ mental and physical toughness, and to develop leadership while fostering teamwork and esprit-de-corps as teams participate in a series of graded events. (U.S. Army photo by Mr. Shawn Morris, 99th Readiness Division Public Affairs) (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Shawn Morris) VIEW ORIGINAL
Cadet Ryan Ott, Drexel University Reserve Officers' Training Corps, competes in the 2nd Brigade Ranger Challenge Competition held Oct. 22-24 on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. Ranger Challenge is designed to test cadets’ mental and physical toughness, and to develop leadership while fostering teamwork and esprit-de-corps as teams participate in a series of graded events. (U.S. Army photo by Mr. Shawn Morris, 99th Readiness Division Public Affairs)
13 / 25 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Cadet Ryan Ott, Drexel University Reserve Officers' Training Corps, competes in the 2nd Brigade Ranger Challenge Competition held Oct. 22-24 on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. Ranger Challenge is designed to test cadets’ mental and physical toughness, and to develop leadership while fostering teamwork and esprit-de-corps as teams participate in a series of graded events. (U.S. Army photo by Mr. Shawn Morris, 99th Readiness Division Public Affairs) (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Shawn Morris) VIEW ORIGINAL
Reserve Officers' Training Corps cadets from Drexel University tackle the Weapons Proficiency test during this year’s 2nd Brigade Ranger Challenge Competition held Oct. 22-24 at various training areas on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. Ranger Challenge is designed to test cadets’ mental and physical toughness, and to develop leadership while fostering teamwork and esprit-de-corps as teams participate in a series of graded events. (U.S. Army photo by Mr. Shawn Morris, 99th Readiness Division Public Affairs)
14 / 25 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Reserve Officers' Training Corps cadets from Drexel University tackle the Weapons Proficiency test during this year’s 2nd Brigade Ranger Challenge Competition held Oct. 22-24 at various training areas on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. Ranger Challenge is designed to test cadets’ mental and physical toughness, and to develop leadership while fostering teamwork and esprit-de-corps as teams participate in a series of graded events. (U.S. Army photo by Mr. Shawn Morris, 99th Readiness Division Public Affairs) (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Shawn Morris) VIEW ORIGINAL
Cadets Naya Goodman (right) and Madison Bush, Drexel University Reserve Officers' Training Corps, compete in the 2nd Brigade Ranger Challenge Competition held Oct. 22-24 on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. Ranger Challenge is designed to test cadets’ mental and physical toughness, and to develop leadership while fostering teamwork and esprit-de-corps as teams participate in a series of graded events. (U.S. Army photo by Mr. Shawn Morris, 99th Readiness Division Public Affairs)
15 / 25 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Cadets Naya Goodman (right) and Madison Bush, Drexel University Reserve Officers' Training Corps, compete in the 2nd Brigade Ranger Challenge Competition held Oct. 22-24 on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. Ranger Challenge is designed to test cadets’ mental and physical toughness, and to develop leadership while fostering teamwork and esprit-de-corps as teams participate in a series of graded events. (U.S. Army photo by Mr. Shawn Morris, 99th Readiness Division Public Affairs) (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Shawn Morris) VIEW ORIGINAL
Cadet Naya Goodman, Drexel University Reserve Officers' Training Corps, competes in the 2nd Brigade Ranger Challenge Competition held Oct. 22-24 on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. Ranger Challenge is designed to test cadets’ mental and physical toughness, and to develop leadership while fostering teamwork and esprit-de-corps as teams participate in a series of graded events. (U.S. Army photo by Mr. Shawn Morris, 99th Readiness Division Public Affairs)
16 / 25 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Cadet Naya Goodman, Drexel University Reserve Officers' Training Corps, competes in the 2nd Brigade Ranger Challenge Competition held Oct. 22-24 on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. Ranger Challenge is designed to test cadets’ mental and physical toughness, and to develop leadership while fostering teamwork and esprit-de-corps as teams participate in a series of graded events. (U.S. Army photo by Mr. Shawn Morris, 99th Readiness Division Public Affairs) (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Shawn Morris) VIEW ORIGINAL
Reserve Officers' Training Corps cadets from several schools in the northeastern United States get ready to navigate the Obstacle Course event during this year’s 2nd Brigade Ranger Challenge Competition held Oct. 22-24 at various training areas on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. Ranger Challenge is designed to test cadets’ mental and physical toughness, and to develop leadership while fostering teamwork and esprit-de-corps as teams participate in a series of graded events. (U.S. Army photo by Mr. Shawn Morris, 99th Readiness Division Public Affairs)
17 / 25 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Reserve Officers' Training Corps cadets from several schools in the northeastern United States get ready to navigate the Obstacle Course event during this year’s 2nd Brigade Ranger Challenge Competition held Oct. 22-24 at various training areas on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. Ranger Challenge is designed to test cadets’ mental and physical toughness, and to develop leadership while fostering teamwork and esprit-de-corps as teams participate in a series of graded events. (U.S. Army photo by Mr. Shawn Morris, 99th Readiness Division Public Affairs) (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Shawn Morris) VIEW ORIGINAL
Reserve Officers' Training Corps cadets from several schools in the northeastern United States navigate the Obstacle Course event during this year’s 2nd Brigade Ranger Challenge Competition held Oct. 22-24 at various training areas on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. Ranger Challenge is designed to test cadets’ mental and physical toughness, and to develop leadership while fostering teamwork and esprit-de-corps as teams participate in a series of graded events. (U.S. Army photo by Mr. Shawn Morris, 99th Readiness Division Public Affairs)
18 / 25 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Reserve Officers' Training Corps cadets from several schools in the northeastern United States navigate the Obstacle Course event during this year’s 2nd Brigade Ranger Challenge Competition held Oct. 22-24 at various training areas on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. Ranger Challenge is designed to test cadets’ mental and physical toughness, and to develop leadership while fostering teamwork and esprit-de-corps as teams participate in a series of graded events. (U.S. Army photo by Mr. Shawn Morris, 99th Readiness Division Public Affairs) (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Shawn Morris) VIEW ORIGINAL
Cadet Madison Bush, Drexel University Reserve Officers' Training Corps, competes in the 2nd Brigade Ranger Challenge Competition held Oct. 22-24 on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. Ranger Challenge is designed to test cadets’ mental and physical toughness, and to develop leadership while fostering teamwork and esprit-de-corps as teams participate in a series of graded events. (U.S. Army photo by Mr. Shawn Morris, 99th Readiness Division Public Affairs)
19 / 25 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Cadet Madison Bush, Drexel University Reserve Officers' Training Corps, competes in the 2nd Brigade Ranger Challenge Competition held Oct. 22-24 on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. Ranger Challenge is designed to test cadets’ mental and physical toughness, and to develop leadership while fostering teamwork and esprit-de-corps as teams participate in a series of graded events. (U.S. Army photo by Mr. Shawn Morris, 99th Readiness Division Public Affairs) (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Shawn Morris) VIEW ORIGINAL
Cadet Madison Bush, Drexel University Reserve Officers' Training Corps, competes in the 2nd Brigade Ranger Challenge Competition held Oct. 22-24 on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. Ranger Challenge is designed to test cadets’ mental and physical toughness, and to develop leadership while fostering teamwork and esprit-de-corps as teams participate in a series of graded events. (U.S. Army photo by Mr. Shawn Morris, 99th Readiness Division Public Affairs)
20 / 25 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Cadet Madison Bush, Drexel University Reserve Officers' Training Corps, competes in the 2nd Brigade Ranger Challenge Competition held Oct. 22-24 on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. Ranger Challenge is designed to test cadets’ mental and physical toughness, and to develop leadership while fostering teamwork and esprit-de-corps as teams participate in a series of graded events. (U.S. Army photo by Mr. Shawn Morris, 99th Readiness Division Public Affairs) (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Shawn Morris) VIEW ORIGINAL
Reserve Officers' Training Corps cadets from Drexel University march to their next event during this year’s 2nd Brigade Ranger Challenge Competition held Oct. 22-24 at various training areas on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. Ranger Challenge is designed to test cadets’ mental and physical toughness, and to develop leadership while fostering teamwork and esprit-de-corps as teams participate in a series of graded events. (U.S. Army photo by Mr. Shawn Morris, 99th Readiness Division Public Affairs)
21 / 25 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Reserve Officers' Training Corps cadets from Drexel University march to their next event during this year’s 2nd Brigade Ranger Challenge Competition held Oct. 22-24 at various training areas on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. Ranger Challenge is designed to test cadets’ mental and physical toughness, and to develop leadership while fostering teamwork and esprit-de-corps as teams participate in a series of graded events. (U.S. Army photo by Mr. Shawn Morris, 99th Readiness Division Public Affairs) (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Shawn Morris) VIEW ORIGINAL
Cadet Madison Bush, Drexel University Reserve Officers' Training Corps, competes in the 2nd Brigade Ranger Challenge Competition held Oct. 22-24 on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. Ranger Challenge is designed to test cadets’ mental and physical toughness, and to develop leadership while fostering teamwork and esprit-de-corps as teams participate in a series of graded events. (U.S. Army photo by Mr. Shawn Morris, 99th Readiness Division Public Affairs)
22 / 25 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Cadet Madison Bush, Drexel University Reserve Officers' Training Corps, competes in the 2nd Brigade Ranger Challenge Competition held Oct. 22-24 on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. Ranger Challenge is designed to test cadets’ mental and physical toughness, and to develop leadership while fostering teamwork and esprit-de-corps as teams participate in a series of graded events. (U.S. Army photo by Mr. Shawn Morris, 99th Readiness Division Public Affairs) (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Shawn Morris) VIEW ORIGINAL
Reserve Officers' Training Corps cadets from Drexel University secure a rope bridge during this year’s 2nd Brigade Ranger Challenge Competition held Oct. 22-24 at various training areas on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. Ranger Challenge is designed to test cadets’ mental and physical toughness, and to develop leadership while fostering teamwork and esprit-de-corps as teams participate in a series of graded events. (U.S. Army photo by Mr. Shawn Morris, 99th Readiness Division Public Affairs)
23 / 25 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Reserve Officers' Training Corps cadets from Drexel University secure a rope bridge during this year’s 2nd Brigade Ranger Challenge Competition held Oct. 22-24 at various training areas on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. Ranger Challenge is designed to test cadets’ mental and physical toughness, and to develop leadership while fostering teamwork and esprit-de-corps as teams participate in a series of graded events. (U.S. Army photo by Mr. Shawn Morris, 99th Readiness Division Public Affairs) (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Shawn Morris) VIEW ORIGINAL
Cadet Madison Bush, Drexel University Reserve Officers' Training Corps, competes in the 2nd Brigade Ranger Challenge Competition held Oct. 22-24 on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. Ranger Challenge is designed to test cadets’ mental and physical toughness, and to develop leadership while fostering teamwork and esprit-de-corps as teams participate in a series of graded events. (U.S. Army photo by Mr. Shawn Morris, 99th Readiness Division Public Affairs)
24 / 25 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Cadet Madison Bush, Drexel University Reserve Officers' Training Corps, competes in the 2nd Brigade Ranger Challenge Competition held Oct. 22-24 on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. Ranger Challenge is designed to test cadets’ mental and physical toughness, and to develop leadership while fostering teamwork and esprit-de-corps as teams participate in a series of graded events. (U.S. Army photo by Mr. Shawn Morris, 99th Readiness Division Public Affairs) (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Shawn Morris) VIEW ORIGINAL
Reserve Officers' Training Corps cadets from Drexel University march to their next event during this year’s 2nd Brigade Ranger Challenge Competition held Oct. 22-24 at various training areas on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. Ranger Challenge is designed to test cadets’ mental and physical toughness, and to develop leadership while fostering teamwork and esprit-de-corps as teams participate in a series of graded events. (U.S. Army photo by Mr. Shawn Morris, 99th Readiness Division Public Affairs)
25 / 25 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Reserve Officers' Training Corps cadets from Drexel University march to their next event during this year’s 2nd Brigade Ranger Challenge Competition held Oct. 22-24 at various training areas on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. Ranger Challenge is designed to test cadets’ mental and physical toughness, and to develop leadership while fostering teamwork and esprit-de-corps as teams participate in a series of graded events. (U.S. Army photo by Mr. Shawn Morris, 99th Readiness Division Public Affairs) (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Shawn Morris) VIEW ORIGINAL

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. – More than 500 Reserve Officers' Training Corps cadets from schools throughout the northeast region competed in this year’s 2nd Brigade Ranger Challenge Competition here Oct. 22-24.

Ranger Challenge is designed to test cadets’ mental and physical toughness, and to develop leadership skills while fostering teamwork and esprit-de-corps as teams participate in a series of graded events.

“This is a great event – cadets have a good time, and they also can be tested on their leadership skills, their decision-making skills, and their ability to be flexible, agile, and to be physically fit,” explained Maj. Paul Carroll, 2nd Brigade S3 and officer-in-charge of Ranger Challenge. “The competition this year was pretty unique in that we hosted it in a training area that allowed our families to come and watch the entire event.”

The cadets’ families were able to witness these young men and women testing their warrior skills in events such as the obstacle course, one-rope bridge, hand grenade assault course, weapons assembly, 6.3-mile road march, and night-and-day land navigation.

“We try to make it more rigorous every year; we try to figure out what our boundaries are for our cadets and push them to those boundaries,” said Master Sgt. Christopher Miller, 2nd Brigade S3 non-commissioned officer-in-charge. “What we’ve really done is taken the events and made them more cadet-driven so they lead from the front – they’re getting that practice, that repetition that they need before becoming a full-fledged officer.”

At this year’s Ranger Challenge, 45 ROTC teams representing colleges and universities throughout the northeastern United States were joined by teams from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and the Air Force ROTC from Albany.

“Our cadets become officers who understand the different branches of military service,” Carroll said. “This is an opportunity for them to continue to build that relationship, but it’s also an opportunity to give back because we help each other out the entire academic year with training and just learning from each other.”

The top two ROTC teams will move on from Ranger Challenge to compete in the annual Sandhurst Competition, the culminating event hosted every April at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

“Our events here are based off of the Sandhurst Competition at West Point,” Miller said. “We try to mimic as best we can at the brigade level what they’re going to experience when they go to West Point.”

“The Coast Guard team that is participating here will also be competing at West Point, so this is also a train-up for them,” Carroll added.

Win or lose, the cadets competing in Ranger Challenge will learn valuable lessons as they prepare to lead the Army into the future.

“It’s great to see the excitement on the cadets’ faces as they compete throughout the course of the event,” Miller said. “It is very rigorous, but they always have smiles on their faces, and when it’s done they know that they’ve accomplished something.”

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