U.S. Army Opens Best Warrior Competition

Soldiers began the U.S. Army’s Best Warrior Competition 2015 Oct. 4 by zeroing an M4 Carbine on a 25-meter indoor range.

During the week-long competition, competitors will take a physical fitness test and demonstrate their proficiency in the Army’s 40 Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills.

Participants must also complete a written essay to demonstrate communications skills and cope with a mystery event that’s designed to see how well they can think on their feet while under both physical and mental stress.

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  • 11CP5

    No battle rattle while zeroing. In door range and written essay. Just about say’s it all does it not. My how times have changed.

    • JL

      Why zero with full gear and outside? You just face a greater chance of having a poor zero with those conditions. It’s smart to have service members zero with no wind and no extra gear to mess their zero up. Then train with gear and train to compensate for wind. That’s what I do with my Marines at least.

      • 11CP5

        Train as you fight comes to mind. One can never shoot enough with their battle rattle on. What do I know, just an old grunt who did it different than today. Extra gear messing up their zero? That is a new one to me. But, as I said what do I know?

        • Bert

          Different schools of thought. I adhered to the train as you fight method, in that if I wear the same gear on the range and when I fought, less variables changed the way I shot when it was important. Others felt adding complications, like gear, negatively affected the training experience, and led to poorer shooters who never grasped the basics and only got worse in the fight. I still think train as you fight is the better method, but I was just a joe.

          • 11CP5

            I am old school and think that one must train as they fight. These folks who think other wise are okay with me. They are the ones keeping me safe now ( as we are reminded from history). I understand this is a test, however; who really is the best. The one who has the in door range and no gear or the one who goes out into the elements they fight in and do it in the combat gear. IMHO it is the latter one. One could go on about the wind, rain etc. But it really does not matter. This old grunt will always want the Infantry to train as they fight. As for those who shoot bad during combat in my own experience it was fear that cause it. LOL

          • JL

            I’m not saying I don’t believe in train as you fight, fight as you train. I am saying the initial zero no gear and indoors. Then take your Marines outside for the “real” training with their gear. I love my Marines training with their gear. We always train with it, training without it is unrealistic and gives little training value. It was that initial zero which I was talking about. That is what I believe they were doing in the above pictures.

          • Jon

            Training how you fight is good, but who zeroes their weapon while fighting on the battle field? That ideology does not apply to zeroing.

            It would however apply to a live fire lane where soldiers shoot from barriers and obstacles at targets and bound forward, or in a live fire shoot house, or shooting reflexive fire; any actual training scenario.

        • Freddy

          I insist on training as I fight. We bring desks and Herman Miller Aeron chairs out to the range and zero between two computer monitors, resting the mag on a red Swingline 747 stapler. I also blast out emails in between each reload. The range is always air conditioned and my belly has to be full of lobster, chicken fingers, Gatorade, and Skittles. Never forget the Skittles!

  • Hank

    The article fails to say how many of these warriors are women. Is it fair to have a contest like this and no female representation? American women serve and are warriors too.

    • Bert

      Are you being facetious? The competition is open to the whole army and is tiered, at the lowest levels soldiers are selected from their units and take part in competitions, then advance to higher levels if they place. Regardless of gender, if you advance, you go to the next tier. Is it necessary to highlight particular soldiers based on their chromosomes when what you are looking for is the best at soldiering?

    • jonny

      As you pointed out, the article fails to state how many of these competitors are women. There is a total of 5 soldiers shown in the picture competing that you can tell are men. So how do you know that the contest has no female representation? Females represent 14% of the US Army, and 14% of 5 is less than 1 so I would say of the 5 soldiers shown in the picture having 0 females still adequately reflects females in the army. If no women made it to the competition I would blame those women who didn’t meet the standard rather than somehow blaming the standard for not allowing enough female representation.

    • fred

      Women as warriors, what a joke! Never in the life of man have women been recognized as warriors. Only thing I can think of is men are growing mangina’s in todays battlefields.

  • JohnD

    Why bother. Last winner was a marksman from the Benning competitive shooting unit. Oh yea , never deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan and happened to,be a female! Warrior means you were in war, combat, not shooting targets! They should,change the name to,Best REMF competition! Total waste of limited monies!

  • hank

    No matter what you are wearing, on not wearing, or if indoors or not, 25 yards is a sorry excuse range to zero. I would never trust a 25yd zero to put me on at 300 0r 400 meters or yards. 100 yard zero would be minimum.

    • SCW

      Well, you don’t understand zeroes. We can all see that. If you zero using a 25 meter zeroing target, then you’re going to be on at 300 meters.

      • JoeBloINF

        It is simple, old school army or not, zeroing and using/building proper fundamentals while running slick, will improve weapon zero results. The “training value” is simply acquiring a solid weapon zero. That is the mission. It is accomplished more effectively and efficiently in this manner.

        • JoeBloINF

          The military 25m zero has it’s pros and cons. It milks the effective range potential out of the 62gr round. You’re correct that a 100m zero is flatter and more stable, But it drastically drops after after 300. I’d bother to guess the 25m zero is used widely due to its built in utillity of needing obviously little distance to achieve.

  • Jim

    Surely this is just to confirm a zero before progressing to the next competition stage?