The Ranger Challenge By– Chiderah Ogbozor

This semester, I am participating in the U.S. Army Ranger Challenge through the ROTC program. It is an event held every semester that challenges the mind and body. This semester, it will be in Kansas. The Ranger Challenge that we do in the fall is slightly different than the one we are currently preparing for this spring. In the fall, teams of students compete together and represent the school by completing the tasks as a group. In the spring, however, we are still representing the school, but we are completing the Ranger Challenge with only one partner.

This Ranger Challenge starts off with a timed nine-mile ruck march. A ruck is a weighted sack that sits on your back and you carry it everywhere you go. After the nine-mile ruck, we do tasks such as land navigation, grenade assault course, M16 assembly and disassembly, rifle marksmanship, and other mystery tasks. We end the day by completing a PT test which consists of a two mile run, two minute push-up test, and two minute sit-up test. Whichever team gets the highest score at the end of the day wins and will get a slot at both Airborne school and Air Assault school. ROTC trains every day to prepare our bodies and get accustomed to the load that awaits at the Ranger Challenge.

I’ve been able to apply some of the values that I have learned through the LDP into my training. A big one would be accountability. Every day when I wake up to train, I know that my partner will be there and he expects me to be there as well. We start the workouts together and we finish together. My partner and I want to place highly at this Ranger Challenge, but it will be difficult if one of us is not giving the same effort as the other. The Ranger Challenge is important to me because it proves not only to myself but many other people that I can put my mind and body through anything regardless of the difficulty.

 

Recognizing that I volunteered as a Ranger, fully knowing the hazards of my chosen profession, I will always endeavor to uphold the prestige, honor, and high esprit de corps of the Rangers.