Tarleton ROTC participating in upcoming Ranger Challenge

By Quanecia Fraser––

Multimedia Journalist

Photo by Quanecia Fraser

Tarleton State University’s Army ROTC Ranger Challenge team is preparing to compete at next month’s Sandhurst Competition in West Point, New York.

Platoon Leader Austin Laughlin explained that the Ranger Challenge team is a group that “has a special skillset that they use to compete against other groups and other Army ROTC [Ranger Challenge teams] to showcase their skills for the sake of competition.”

The Ranger Challenge is both a national and international competition that involves various events, including rifle marksmanship and a 10-kilometer road march.

“It’s teamwork to the maximum, it’s leadership to the maximum. It’s working together towards a common goal through various extremely difficult physical, mental and leadership challenges in a competitive-type atmosphere,” said Laughlin.

Last year, Tarleton’s Ranger Challenge team won the regional competition, beating a number of schools including Baylor University and Texas Christian University.

Laughlin says he’s proud to compete alongside his fellow cadets.

“The men that I’ve worked under in this platoon are currently serving in the United States army as full-time army rangers or infantry officers, and are some of the most phenomenal men I’ve ever had the privilege to work with in my entire life.”

Laughlin also added that the Ranger Challenge team would like for Tarleton’s faculty, staff and students to “be aware and be as supportive as you possibly could be.”

The send-off date for the Ranger Challenge will be April 5.  

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