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Soldiers take aim to become 'best warrior' in Army

FORT LEE — Soldiers from Army units the world over are converging on Fort Lee this week for the 11th annual Best Warrior Competition.

There are 12 non-commissioned officers and 12 soldiers below the rank of specialist who will compete through grueling physical and mental tasks.

Winners will be announced at a special ceremony, attended by Army senior leaders, on Oct. 22 at the Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting in Washington.

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This year's event runs through Thursday, with competitors starting events yesterday.

Last year's competition featured a format that had been used the previous three years, but Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond Chandler heavily influenced a revised format for this year's competition.

One of the major changes for this year is reordering some of the competition's events.

Typically, a board appearance has been the first thing that competitors do on Monday. Yesterday, competitors were on a simulated firing range shooting in scenario situations and at targets on the EST 2000 or Electronic Skills Trainer.

The event usually is done with real firearms on a range. However, due to work being performed at the range complex on post, the change to a simulated environment was necessary.

Best Warrior underwent major changes in 2006 when several Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills were added to what was essentially a board competition.

Less significant changes have occurred each year since. This year's changes include a reduction of the competition from five days to four.

fwiggins@progress-index.com
 

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