2023 Best Squad Competition — Day 8

By Trevor RaneyOctober 4, 2023

A Soldier representing U.S. Army Special Operations Command provides security during a static live-fire event during the Army Best Squad Competition at Fort Stewart, Georgia, Oct. 3, 2023. Soldiers embody the Army Warrior Ethos during this competition. The Warrior Ethos states, "I will always place the mission first. I will never accept defeat. I will never quit. I will never leave a fallen comrade.” This Ethos is a set of principles by which every Soldier lives and embodies the squad mentality and spirit.
1 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A Soldier representing U.S. Army Special Operations Command provides security during a static live-fire event during the Army Best Squad Competition at Fort Stewart, Georgia, Oct. 3, 2023. Soldiers embody the Army Warrior Ethos during this competition. The Warrior Ethos states, "I will always place the mission first. I will never accept defeat. I will never quit. I will never leave a fallen comrade.” This Ethos is a set of principles by which every Soldier lives and embodies the squad mentality and spirit. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Rebeca Soria) VIEW ORIGINAL
A Bradley Fighting Vehicle arrives to load Soldiers participating in the situational training exercise portion of the Army Best Squad Competition at Fort Stewart, Georgia, Oct. 3, 2023. Squads conduct a fitness assessment, 12-mile foot march, weapons proficiency test, hands-on squad tasks, written exam and essay, and culminates with a board interview with sergeants major from across the Army.
2 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A Bradley Fighting Vehicle arrives to load Soldiers participating in the situational training exercise portion of the Army Best Squad Competition at Fort Stewart, Georgia, Oct. 3, 2023. Squads conduct a fitness assessment, 12-mile foot march, weapons proficiency test, hands-on squad tasks, written exam and essay, and culminates with a board interview with sergeants major from across the Army. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Benjamin Hale) VIEW ORIGINAL
Sgt. Jake Phillips, a native of West Chester, Pennsylvania, representing U.S. Army Special Operations Command, has a vital sign monitoring device fitted to his chest during a situational training exercise of the Army Best Squad Competition at Fort Stewart, Georgia, Oct. 3, 2023. Vital sign monitoring devices help keep the competitors safe during all parts of the competition and are worn at all times.
3 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sgt. Jake Phillips, a native of West Chester, Pennsylvania, representing U.S. Army Special Operations Command, has a vital sign monitoring device fitted to his chest during a situational training exercise of the Army Best Squad Competition at Fort Stewart, Georgia, Oct. 3, 2023. Vital sign monitoring devices help keep the competitors safe during all parts of the competition and are worn at all times. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Benjamin Hale) VIEW ORIGINAL
Soldiers representing various commands across the Army move by boat along the Canoochee River during the Army Best Squad Competition at Fort Stewart, Georgia, Oct. 3, 2023. This is the second year the Army held this competition with revisions to meet the ever-changing needs of the Army to continue building cohesive teams. The Army’s Best Squad Competition expands upon the established legacy of the Best Warrior Competition by highlighting tight-knit groups of professionals who treat each other with dignity and respect, have high esprit de corps and are highly trained.
4 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Soldiers representing various commands across the Army move by boat along the Canoochee River during the Army Best Squad Competition at Fort Stewart, Georgia, Oct. 3, 2023. This is the second year the Army held this competition with revisions to meet the ever-changing needs of the Army to continue building cohesive teams. The Army’s Best Squad Competition expands upon the established legacy of the Best Warrior Competition by highlighting tight-knit groups of professionals who treat each other with dignity and respect, have high esprit de corps and are highly trained. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by Spc. Cody Rich) VIEW ORIGINAL
A Soldier representing U.S. Army Reserve fires an anti-tank rocket launcher during the Army Best Squad Competition at Fort Stewart, Georgia, Oct. 3, 2023. Readiness is achieved through building cohesive teams that are highly trained, disciplined and fit. Teams that exemplify these principles are ready to fight and win.
5 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A Soldier representing U.S. Army Reserve fires an anti-tank rocket launcher during the Army Best Squad Competition at Fort Stewart, Georgia, Oct. 3, 2023. Readiness is achieved through building cohesive teams that are highly trained, disciplined and fit. Teams that exemplify these principles are ready to fight and win. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Rebeca Soria) VIEW ORIGINAL
A competitor uses binoculars for a static shoot event during the Army Best Squad Competition at Fort Stewart, Georgia, Oct. 3, 2023. The Army is a people-based institution and individual Soldier readiness is the foundation of Army Readiness. The Army works every day to build an agile and adaptive Army of the future and the required tasks throughout this competition challenge the competitors to meet those standards.
6 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A competitor uses binoculars for a static shoot event during the Army Best Squad Competition at Fort Stewart, Georgia, Oct. 3, 2023. The Army is a people-based institution and individual Soldier readiness is the foundation of Army Readiness. The Army works every day to build an agile and adaptive Army of the future and the required tasks throughout this competition challenge the competitors to meet those standards. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Jonathon Downs) VIEW ORIGINAL