Ft. Benning gets ready for Best Ranger competition

FORT BENNING, Ga. (AP) - Fort Benning is getting ready to host 50 teams of elite soldiers competing for the title of the Army's "Best Ranger."

The annual competition starts April 15 and lasts three days at the Columbus military post, which trains the Army's elite Ranger units.

Ranger Training Brigade commander Col. John King isn't releasing many details in advance of the 60-hour endurance competition, which features two-man teams.

But King says teams will be scored on their skills at road marching, weapons firing, operating radios, first aid and swimming.

The event this year is being held three weeks earlier than usual. King says that's intended to give soldiers time to spend with their families on Mother's Day.

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