FORT MCCOY, Wis. " More than 40 Army Reserve Soldiers competing at the Army Reserve’s Best Warrior competition took to the mat Thursday in an Army Combatives tournament.The combatives tournament pitted Soldiers in hand-to-hand competition based on the Modern Army Combatives training all Soldiers go through.For Staff Sgt. David Brown, a personal trainer in his civilian career, the event offered him a chance to apply his civilian skills.“It definitely has some perks and it has helped me,” Brown said.
Brown said he uses his military to help in his occupation as a personal trainer.“A lot of people in the civilian sector like the boot camps, and they like the feeling like they’re getting drilled by a drill sergeant,” Brown said. “Obviously I’m not a drill sergeant. But they like that feeling, and I guess I can bring it to them.”The Soldiers competing this week at the Best Warrior Competition, held this week (June 20-24) at Fort McCoy, Wis., represent 205,000 Soldiers in the U.S. Army Reserve.Two winners will be selected at the end of the week as the Army Reserve’s Soldier and Non-Commissioned Officer of the year and will represent the Army Reserve at the Army’s Best Warrior Competition in October at Fort Lee, Va.The Soldiers are spending a week on a variety of Army challenges that test their mettle in tests of skill such as weapons qualification, a ruck march, land navigation, Army combatives, first aid, and weapons assembly.Their military backgrounds and experience represent the entire spectrum of the Army Reserve. Many have deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kuwait. Their career fields include military police, healthcare, mechanics, human resources, intelligence, chaplain assistant and engineering. They represent a wide cross-section of America, hailing from various states across the United States.The winners will be announced at an awards dinner at 5 p.m. Central time, June 24, at the American Legion Post in Sparta, Wis. The top NCO and Soldier will go on to represent Army Reserve at the Department of the Army “Best Warrior” Competition, to be held in October at Fort Lee, Va.