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What is Best Warrior?

2020 Department of the Army NCO and Soldier of the Year

Twenty-two of the Army’s top Soldiers and Noncommissioned Officers will compete at locations across the world during the U.S. Army 2020 Best Warrior Competition from Sept. 17 through Oct. 9.

The finalists, 11 Soldiers and 11 NCOs, have proven themselves during subordinate competitions throughout the year and will now compete for the titles Soldier of the Year and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year.

Overseen by Sgt. Maj. of the Army Michael Grinston, the 2020 competition will be like no other in Best Warrior’s 19-year history.

"We've undergone unprecedented steps to ensure the safety of our Soldiers while still creating a positive environment to encourage competition and recognize the best," Grinston said.

Soldiers will complete an Army Combat Fitness Test, a 12-mile foot march and a rifle qualification with their units in September. During a virtually proctored assessment phase in October, Soldiers will complete a sample of hands-on warrior tasks, a written exam and essay, and conduct board interviews with sergeants major from across the Army.

Competitor Information

EXORD 101-20

The Best Warrior Competition recognizes Soldiers who demonstrate commitment to the Army values, embody the Warrior Ethos, and represent the Force of the Future.