The USU Army ROTC team took third place overall in the men’s division for the annual ROTC Ranger Challenge competition in Colorado Springs, Colo. a week ago. With temperatures below freezing, the teams endured tough conditions while participating in several events, including written tests, land navigation, a rope-crossing course and a 10K ruck march. Cadet Ray Sullivan, one of the participants in the USU ROTC team, described the Ranger Challenge as an opportunity to interact with other ROTC cadets. “This is a competition that allows cadets to compete alongside with the best of the best,” he said. Twenty-eight colleges participated in the region including schools from Utah, Wyoming and Colorado. Local universities such as the University of Utah, Brigham Young University and Weber State University also competed. Sgt. Robert Roberts, who trained the cadets for the competition, said the USU team this year was mostly comprised of young cadets who have never participated in the Ranger Challenge prior to the competition. “We have two cadets who have participated before, but most of us, including myself, are doing this challenge for the very first time,” he said. Roberts said the young team performed together exceptionally well and that he is impressed with the caliber of future officers at USU.
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