The Warrior Way

Pictured above: Spc. Nathaniel Hill, a military police officer with the Nevada Army National Guard’s 485th Military Police Company, engages targets with an M9 pistol during a tactical stress shoot as part of the 2013 Army National Guard Best Warriror Competition at Camp Joseph T. Robinson, Ark., Monday, July 22, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jon Soucy)

Soldiers from the Army National Guard recently got together to find out who’s the best.

It lasts four days, and as you probably can imagine, it involves the following categories: shoot, move, survive, communicate, adapt. It’s called the Best Warrior Competition, and the Oregon Army National Guard recently hosted the regional round at Camp Rilea. Thirteen service members from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Washington, Wyoming and Oregon met for a chance to advance to the national round. We had the honor of sponsoring this event, and here’s a tiny sample of the things they had to do:

  • Engage Targets with M9 Pistol
  • Correct Malfunctions on an M16-Series Rifle/M4-Series Carbine
  • Employ Hand Grenades
  • Determine a Magnetic Azimuth Using a Lensatic Compass
  • Move Under Direct Fire
  • React to Possible Improvised Explosive Device
  • Issue Fragmentary Order
  • Participate in a Media Interview

And it’s all followed by a test in specific knowledge categories. For example:

Knowledge Categories:
Current Events
Warrior Ethos
Field Sanitation
Military Justice
Supply Economy

All of which is pretty awesome. It also begs the question: what did you do last weekend?