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What is Best Warrior?

2017 Department of the Army NCO and Soldier of the Year

The premier Army competition, 22 of the Army’s finest warriors, representing 11 commands from across the Army, will compete in the 2017 Best Warrior Competition at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia, and the Pentagon from Oct. 1 to Oct. 6, 2017.

Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel Dailey will oversee the 16th annual competition, which names the Department of the Army’s Soldier and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year.

Warriors selected to compete for these prestigious titles - 11 NCOs and 11 Soldiers - have already mastered a series of benchmarks throughout the year to qualify for the Army-wide competition.

During the six-day competition, these elite competitors will test their Army aptitude by conquering urban warfare simulations, board interviews, physical fitness tests, written exams, and Warrior tasks and battle drills relevant to today’s operating environment.

Competitor Information

EXORD 179-17

BWC Packing List

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