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SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Rangers rank among the most elite pieces of the Army’s fighting force.  Soldiers talented and driven enough to be part of the group routinely overcome physical and mental challenges to accomplish missions.

Dozens of cadets from Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina colleges and universities, including the Southern Guard ROTC Battalion at Wofford College, will discover Oct. 27-29 part of what it takes to be one of those special soldiers when they compete in the Eastern Region (ROTC) 5th Brigade’s Ranger Challenge.  The annual event at Fort Jackson, S.C., pits 18 schools in a competition aimed at fostering camaraderie and testing individuals’ leadership abilities.

Ranger Challenge features the best cadets from participating schools.  It covers eight events – the Army physical fitness test, basic rifle marksmanship, construction and execution of a one-rope bridge, patrolling, weapons assembly, orienteering, hand grenade assault course and a 10K road march.

The focus is not so much about individual achievement as it is about team success.  Team scores for most events will be the average of individual performances; other events will be based solely on group times.

The Ranger Challenge plays an important role in furthering cadets’ development as leaders and future Army officers, Eastern Region Commander Col. Robert Frusha says.

For information about the event, contact Lt. Col. Manuel deGuzman at Wofford College at (864) 597-4377 or deguzmanmt@wofford.edu.