Sept. 29 - Oct 7, 2022: The U.S. Army Best Squad Competition
The most influential level of leadership is at the Squad – where the majority of our Soldiers reside. "Squad" extends beyond a traditional infantry squad to any small-unit group of Soldiers, connected by a squad leader, who has the most direct impact on their lives. Soldiers never fight alone, the unbreakable bonds forged through shared hardship and unending support for one another are the hallmark of our most successful small units.
The week-long competition will assess each squad on their technical and tactical proficiency, as well as their ability to work as a disciplined and cohesive team. The competition features a multitude of different fitness and combat related events ranging from the Army Combat Fitness Test and various weapons lanes, to a strenuous 12-mile foot march and detailed individual warrior tasks and squad battle drills. Afterward, the top four teams of the week will travel to Washington, D.C. for a board-style interview that will test their knowledge and professionalism in front of top Army leaders.
Each squad will consist of five Soldiers: a squad leader, which is a sergeant first class or staff sergeant; a team leader, which is sergeant or corporal; and three squad members in the ranks of specialist or below.
2022 BEST SQUAD OF THE YEAR
2022 BEST SQUAD FINALISTS
(left to right) SPC Nathan J. Wallen, SPC Jake Reichman, SSG Devon Simpson, SGT Jonathan Warren, SPC Coy Anderson
(left to right) SPC Brady Benedict, SGT David Adcock, SSG Philip Amick, SSG Preston Hough, SGT Timothy Brooks
(left to right) CPL Jared M. Kiner, SGT Andrew J. Row, SFC Brandon W. Rodriguez, SPC Liam S. Lee, SPC Samuel E. Alvarez
“I want units to really think about what makes up a squad, ’This is My Squad’ initiative isn’t just about the traditional infantry squad. It’s about those small groups of Soldiers who really know and care about each other and hold each other to a high standard of proficiency, discipline and fitness.”
- Sergeant Major of the Army Michael Grinston
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Image: Soldiers from 25th Infantry Division Artillery conducted a 36-hour “This Is My Squad” (TIMS) competition intended to build strong, cohesive teams through tough, realistic training at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, July 28-29, 2021. The series of physically, mentally, and tactically demanding events put squads from each subordinate echelon to the test, building their trust, physical fitness, discipline, and individual and collective readiness to accomplish challenging missions. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jessica Scott)
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