Ranger Challenge

Ranger Challenge has been described as the varsity sport of ROTC.

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ROTC - Rolling Thunder Battalion at Wheaton College

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ranger Challenge candidates first undergo a two-week, physically intensive tryout session.  After observing and evaluating all candidates throughout this entire period, the team captains make cuts and establish official teams.  Team members then train six days a week over the course of two months in preparation for the Task Force Marseilles competition.  Training is not limited to physical fitness, but also includes various soldier skills such as first aid, hand grenade assault, and marksmanship. 

Cadets then compete annually at Marseilles Training Center, Illinois over a three day period in October.  For the past four years the Rolling Thunder Battalion has fielded two 9-man teams - a Wheaton College 9-man team and a Lewis University 9-man team.  In recent years, the addition of two 5-man teams and a 5-member female team have been fielded to compete.

2012

  • Wheaton 9 man - 1st place
  • Lewis 9 man- 3rd place
  • Wheaton 5 man- 1st place
  • Lewis 5 man
  • Female team - 1st place
  • Wheaton 9 man - 1st place

2011

  • Wheaton 9 man - 1st place
  • Lewis 9 man - 3rd place
  • Wheaton 5 man - 1st place
  • Lewis 5 man
  • Female team - 1st place

2010

  • Wheaton 9 man - 1st place
  • Lewis 9 man
  • Wheaton 5 man

2009

  • Wheaton 9 man - 1st place
  • Lewis 9 man - 3rd place
  • Wheaton 5 man - 1st place

 

We expect to win, train to win, and compete to win.  Ultimately, however, we seek to honor and glorify God in everything we do - how we train, treat each other, interact with other competitors, and compete – and this is our ultimate goal.  And if we accomplish that goal, despite all other accomplishments, then there is reason to take pride in being part of this great competitive team and tradition within the Rolling Thunder Battalion.

ROTC - Rolling Thunder Battalion at Wheaton College

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ranger Challenge candidates first undergo a two-week, physically intensive tryout session.  After observing and evaluating all candidates throughout this entire period, the team captains make cuts and establish official teams.  Team members then train six days a week over the course of two months in preparation for the Task Force Marseilles competition.  Training is not limited to physical fitness, but also includes various soldier skills such as first aid, hand grenade assault, and marksmanship. 

Cadets then compete annually at Marseilles Training Center, Illinois over a three day period in October.  For the past four years the Rolling Thunder Battalion has fielded two 9-man teams - a Wheaton College 9-man team and a Lewis University 9-man team.  In recent years, the addition of two 5-man teams and a 5-member female team have been fielded to compete.

2012

  • Wheaton 9 man - 1st place
  • Lewis 9 man- 3rd place
  • Wheaton 5 man- 1st place
  • Lewis 5 man
  • Female team - 1st place
  • Wheaton 9 man - 1st place

2011

  • Wheaton 9 man - 1st place
  • Lewis 9 man - 3rd place
  • Wheaton 5 man - 1st place
  • Lewis 5 man
  • Female team - 1st place

2010

  • Wheaton 9 man - 1st place
  • Lewis 9 man
  • Wheaton 5 man

2009

  • Wheaton 9 man - 1st place
  • Lewis 9 man - 3rd place
  • Wheaton 5 man - 1st place

 

We expect to win, train to win, and compete to win.  Ultimately, however, we seek to honor and glorify God in everything we do - how we train, treat each other, interact with other competitors, and compete – and this is our ultimate goal.  And if we accomplish that goal, despite all other accomplishments, then there is reason to take pride in being part of this great competitive team and tradition within the Rolling Thunder Battalion.

ROTC Ranger Challenge 2012

The Ranger Challenge Events

  • APFT
    All Team members compete in the Push-up, Sit-up, and Two Mile Run for the best team average.
  • Day Land Navigation
    Teams must find the location of their events in the vicinity of 8-10 square kilometers.
  • One Rope Bridge
    Teams must construct a bridge across a creek using a 150 or 100 foot rope. The creek spans around 50-75 meters depending on the size of the team.
  • Assemble / Disassemble Weapons
    The team must preform clearly an M16 and M9 disassemble completely, then re-assemble preforming a functions check to ensure proper performance - all in the least amount of time possible.
  • Litter Carry
    This event measures the endurance of the teams by carrying a weighted litter through 400-600 meters of obstacles or challenging terrain.
  • 10K Forced Road March
    The most challenging of all events, teams race over 10K of treacherous terrain carrying ruck sacks and combat gear.