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Army ROTC Wins Ranger Challenge

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For the second year in a row, the Texas Army ROTC Ranger Challenge Team placed first in a major intercollegiate competition. 

"Ranger Challenge is a physically and mentally grueling competition that tests adaptive leadership, critical thinking and the overall physical stamina of competitors," says Army Master Sergeant Martin Silva Jr., senior military instructor, Texas Army ROTC.

The Texas Army ROTC competed against eleven other universities in a 3-day series of events at Camp Bullis, just northwest of San Antonio. The competition combines physical fitness, military skills and critical thinking. It includes a physical fitness test, a 10-kilometer foot march in which cadets carry more than 40 pounds, a written exam, a first aid event, an obstacle course, construction of a rope bridge over an obstacle, day and night orienteering that spans more than 10 cross-country miles, a rifle assembly and disassembly competition, and a marksmanship event.

The teams finished first in the Championship and Co-ed divisions. They anticipate competing in the Sandhurst National Competition at West Point during the spring 2012. In honor of their achievement, the Tower at The University of Texas at Austin glowed orange on Thursday, Oct. 27.

Visit the Texas Army ROTC Facebook page for pictures and updates about the Ranger Challenge.