ROTC's "Varsity Sport"
Ranger Challenge is ROTC's varsity sport. Each year during the fall semester, a team of 9 cadets goes to the competition, which is held at Camp Shelby, MS.
USM has a strong history of excellent Ranger Challenge teams and has placed high several times in recent years.
The Ranger Challenge Competition is a strenuous, physically challenging weekend event. The competition begins with the Army Physical Fitness Test and culminates with a 10k road march/ruck run. Dispersed between these two events are: Patrolling Written Exam, Basic Rifleman Qualification, Hand Grenade Assault course, M-16 Assembly/Disassembly, One Rope Bridge, and Land Orienteering.
Each of these events is designed to challenge each participant's physical and mental capabilities. At the end of the competition there is a great feeling of relief and pride in knowing that you came, you saw, and you conquered things that at one point you felt were impossible.
The Ranger Challenge Team has higher standards that we are expected to keep. The team works out five mornings a week and continually has the highest PT scores in the battalion.
Ranger Challenge is an excellent tool to build cohesive teamwork as well as increasing physical fitness and technical competency.