Ranger Challenge is considered the varsity sport of the Army ROTC. Cadets train for a military competition against other universities throughout the United States.
Ranger Challenge consists of 8 events in which 9-man or 5-man teams compete. These events include the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT), one rope bridge, a written test on small infantry tactics, weapons assembly/disassembly, hand grenade assault course, marksmanship with the M-16, land navigation, and a 10 kilometer forced ruck march. Each team competes in all events and a grand total is calculated to determine the winner. Streamers are awarded to the team that takes first in the individual events.
The program will mentally and physically challenge each participant in preparation for the brigade competition in October. Training typically occurs weekday mornings from 0600 to 0800, where cadets will concentrate on a variety of military skills while preparing for the competition. Those who complete the program will be entitled to wear the coveted Ranger Challenge Tab.