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Tar Heel cadets hoist the 3rd Place trophy at the 2017 Ranger Challenge competition.

Ranger Challenge is described as the “varsity sport” of ROTC.   Every year, typically during UNC’s Fall Break, the Tar Heel Battalion sends a team of 11 Cadets to Fort Pickett, Virginia to participate in the 4th ROTC Brigade Ranger Challenge competition. The competition changes slightly each year, but some common events include patrolling, marksmanship, weapons assembly, one-rope bridge, grenade assault course, Army Physical Fitness Test, land navigation, and a ten kilometer road march. In an extremely close finish, the 2017 Tar Heel Ranger Challenge team was just edged out but secured third place out of more than 40 teams!

The team is comprised of top-performing men and women in the Battalion who compete as a team against other colleges and universities. Team selection occurs early each fall and the selected Cadets train five days per week leading up to the competition. Team members are authorized to wear the coveted Ranger Challenge tabs.


Typical Ranger Challenge events…