The U.S. Army Engineer School will begin accepting applications on Tuesday for the 15th Lt. Gen. Robert B. Flowers Best Sapper Competition, scheduled to take place here from April 20 through 26. The competition is open to all Sapper-qualified active-duty, Reserve and National Guard service members, along with ROTC and U.S. Military Academy cadets and approved international military service members.
The U.S. Army Engineer School will begin accepting applications on Tuesday for the 15th Lt. Gen. Robert B. Flowers Best Sapper Competition, scheduled to take place here from April 20 through 26. The competition is open to all Sapper-qualified active-duty, Reserve and National Guard service members, along with ROTC and U.S. Military Academy cadets and approved international military service members. (Photo Credit: Photo by Dawn Arden, Fort Leonard Wood Public Affairs Office) VIEW ORIGINAL

FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. — The U.S. Army Engineer School will begin accepting applications on Tuesday for the 15th Lt. Gen. Robert B. Flowers Best Sapper Competition, officials said.

The competition is scheduled to take place here from April 20 through 26, and is open to all Sapper-qualified active-duty, Reserve and National Guard service members, along with ROTC and U.S. Military Academy cadets and approved international military service members, said Capt. Zac Goldman, Sapper Training Company commander and event officer in charge.

“Sappers represent the technical and tactical experts within the ranks of the combat engineers,” Goldman said. “We look forward to seeing which team comes out on top this year.”

Throughout the annual competition, two-person teams compete in a variety of events, which, in years past, included a non-standard physical fitness test, land navigation, a ruck march, sapper skills showcase, and mystery events designed to test the teams to their mental and physical limits, Goldman said.

“The Best Sapper Competition is great way to showcase top engineer Soldiers, NCOs and officers,” said 1st Sgt. Tim Shay, STC. “Units will send their very best to earn the right to be crowned this year’s Best Sapper.”

Registration closes March 15, and teams will be notified of their selection by April 1. Goldman said all competitors must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to April 5, and verification should be documented in each competitor’s competition physical. Additionally, each competitor must have a “Sapper physical,” or an equivalent — or more stringent — physical that states they are in adequate physical condition within six months of the competition.

Goldman said all applications, requirements and instructions are available on the BSC website at https://home.army.mil/wood/index.php/units-tenants/USAES/Sapper/BSC.