The Ranger Challenge

Ranger Challenge is often called the "varsity sport" of Army ROTC.  One weekend every fall, our team attends a competition at Marseilles National Guard Training Center in LaSalle County, Illinois.

The Bradley University Ranger Challenge team competes against other schools in our region, including Northern Illinois University, University of Illinois - Chicago, Wheaton College, Olivet Nazarene College, Western Illinois University, University of Illinois - Champaign/Urbana, and Eastern Illinois University.

The Ranger Challenge teams consist of:

  • A 5-person, co-ed team
  • A 5-person, all female team
  • A 9-person, co-ed team


The Ranger Challenge team trains in the following basic infantry skills. These skills serve as events during the actual competition:

  • Army Physical Fitness Test - Two minutes of push-ups, two minutes of sit-ups, and a timed 2-mile run
  • First Aid Lane - Evaluate a casualty, 9-line MEDEVAC, and buddy carries
  • Land Navigation - Six points during the day
  • Ten kilometer road march - Timed event with with full combat load
  • Assembly and disassembly of the M16A2 rifle and M9 pistol
  • One-rope bridge
  • Rifle competition
  • Hand grenade lane
  • Obstacle course