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Ranger Challenge


The Brigade Ranger Challenge is the Army ROTC Varsity Sport. Teams form early in the semester and train rigorously nearly every morning of the week. Ranger Challenge team members accomplish more before 0800 then most college students accomplish in an entire day. Teams train all the way up until the Task Force Ranger Challenge Competition. This competition is conducted over two days on a non-tactical course. The mission is to challenge Cadets' mental and physical toughness and to develop leadership while fostering teamwork and esprit-de-corps. Teams participate in various graded events.


On the first day, each team begins at one of the various events, and once complete, moves to another in a specific order chosen at random the night before. This is how the entire day is spent: doing an event, moving to the next one, completing that event, and so on until all the events for day one are done.

Each team is awarded points based on how well they perform in each event. The best team in each event is awarded a trophy as are the first, second, and third place teams. The number one team is The Ranger Challenge Winner for that year!


2014 8th Brigade Ranger Challenge Champions

In 2014 CWUs Army ROTC Ranger Challenge team again won the 8th Brigade Ranger Challenge competition.  The team competed against  31 Universities some of which were five times the size of CWU with ROTC programs that were much larger.  This win sent CWUs Ranger Challenge team again to the International Sandhurst Ranger Challenge Competition in WestPoint, NY.

2012 National Army ROTC Ranger Challenge Champions

Central Washington University’s Army Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) Ranger team took top honors at the 46th Annual Sandhurst Competition for military cadets at the US Military Academy at WestPoint on April 20 and 21. CWU cadets bested all other ROTC teams, including those from the Citadel, and squads from the Air Force, Coast Guard and Naval academies. CWU finished 13th overall, which, this year, involved 55 teams, including international squads from Australia, Canada, China, Chile, England, and Spain.  Read Full Story Here.

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