The mission of the Ranger Challenge team is to win the 2nd Brigade’s Ranger Challenge Competition which typically takes place in mid-October followed by the Sandhurst Competition at West Point in the Spring. Ranger Challenge allows cadets who seek to test their physiological and psychological toughness through fast-paced skills training while being pushed by physically demanding PT. Some of the individual skills include land navigation, weapons systems, rappelling, and combat casualty care. The Ranger Challenge Team also seeks to develop dedicated and confident cadets who will lead their peers at Advanced Camp and in the Nittany Lion Battalion.
What We Do
The Ranger Challenge training structure is rooted in competition from the first day. This makes the actual competition in October seem familiar by the time the team arrives. The second week of class will be the beginning of RAP (Ranger Assessment Phase) week. RAP week is open tryouts for those who would like to be on the team. Those who make the team after RAP week will then complete a 6 week train-up in order to select the starting 9 and 2 alternates. Train-up will consist of PT 5 days and skills labs 2 days a week. PT will consist of a mix of endurance, strength, and skills to simulate the competition. Labs will be more focused on the technical aspects of the competition such as weapon systems, land navigation, one rope bridge, repelling, and combat casualty care.
PT: Monday – Friday 0500 – 0700
Lab: Tuesday & Thursday 1535 – 1735
Captain – Abel Botterbusch (firstname.lastname@example.org)