POSTED: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 9:53pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 10:52am
FORT BLISS, TEXAS — Local soldiers assigned to Fort Bliss paired up to begin a three-day competition that will decide who will represent the post at the 30th Annual David E. Grange Best Ranger Competition in Fort Benning, G.A. come April.
The local "Pre-Best Ranger Competition" is a 72-hour course meant to challenge "Ranger Buddy" teams' mental and physical toughness. The top two teams will be the primary and alternate teams representing Fort Bliss in Georgia April 12-14.
Soldiers must work in pairs to complete the entire competition in an allotted time, and will not be allowed to sleep during those 72 hours. If one member doesn't complete the competition, the team is disqualified.
The local competition began Tuesday with an obstacle course from 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The Military Skills Evaluations course is set for Wed. Jan. 16 from 12:30-3:30 p.m., followed by the blind-folded combat water survival assessment Thurs. Jan 17 at 3:30 a.m.
Winners will be announced at the Closing Ceremony at 7 a.m. Thursday.