December 2, 2008
This fall quarter CDT Steven Lizama was given the opportunity to be the captain of Seattle University’s Army ROTC Ranger Challenge Team. Ranger Challenge is considered to be the varsity sport of Army ROTC. It is an annual competition that allows the most mentally and physically prepared cadets to compete against Ranger Challenge teams formed by other competing schools in the Pacific Northwest. Colleges and universities form nine person teams and compete over a weekend to show their military skills.
The Competition was held during the weekend of November 7-9th at Central Washington University. The first event was the Army Physical Fitness test followed by the one-rope-bridge. Although the team came back with only the 2nd place trophy, the feel the biggest reward of all was being able to complete the Ranger Challenge Competition with the entire team and finishing strong together.
The competition consists of six events: the Army Physical Fitness Test, M-16 rifle assembly and disassembly, one-rope-bridge, hand grenade assault course, land navigation, and a 10k forced road march.
Preparing for Ranger Challenge was long and rigorous. The SU team started training early September and had a total of twenty-four cadets trying out for the Alpha (Varsity) team. Altogether, nine cadets made the Alpha Team and nine other cadets made the Bravo Team.
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