Joe Midgley

Army ROTC Cadets put to the test in Ranger Buddy Competition

Wed, 04/03/2019

LAWRENCE — University of Kansas Army ROTC cadets will be among 350 cadets from across the United States testing the limits of their physical and mental strength Saturday, April 6.

Two-person teams from 46 colleges and universities in 19 states will compete at the 25th annual KU Army ROTC Ranger Buddy Competition at Rim Rock Farm, 2276 Burnett Lane, home of the Kansas Jayhawk cross country teams.

Cadets hail from as far as North Dakota, Texas, Utah, New York and North Carolina. This spectator event is free and open to the public.

Male, female and co-ed teams will participate in a series of challenges requiring physical skills, individual movement techniques, first aid tasks, weapons tasks, military reporting formats and more as they vie for the title of Best Ranger Buddy Team. KU Army ROTC seeks to defend last year’s Top Battalion overall and defend its first-place male and co-ed finish, as well as improve upon its second-place female finish.

The competition clock is continuous and begins with a 15-kilometer buddy team ruck march, which begins at 6 a.m. for the female and co-ed division and at 10 a.m. for the male divisions. Following the ruck march is basic skill tasks and a final 5-kilometer buddy run.

The event ends with a closing and awards ceremony, which will be no earlier than 2:30 p.m.

For more information, visit the KU Army ROTC Ranger Buddy Competition website or contact Joe Midgley at 913-231-2284 or


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