U.S. Army units from across Europe converge annually to compete for the title of Best Warrior. The week-long event tests Soldier skills, endurance, fortitude and resourcefulness as well as intellectual and problem-solving capabilities. While some of the competition tasks are standard such as the Army Physical Fitness Test, written test, marksmanship, ruck march, land navigation and command sergeants major board; some of the challenges such as chemical defense and medical tasks - added to the stress of fitting everything into a few short days - makes the competition extra tough. Winners of the European Best Warrior Competition move on to compete at the U.S. Army Best Warrior event held at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia.
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Normally taking place annually, tank platoons from NATO ally and partner nations are invited each year to take part. Last year's participants came from Austria, France, Germany, Poland, Ukraine and the United States. Participating units are tested on offensive and defensive operations as well as tasks including vehicle identification, battle damage assessment and precision maneuvers. The Strong Europe Tank Challenge is designed to project a dynamic presence, foster military partnership, promote interoperability, and provide an environment for sharing tactics, techniques and procedures.
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Previously known as the European Best Squad and European Best Sniper Squad, the competition tests marksmanship skills, physical prowess, land navigation and mental agility while engaging in team building competition. More than 30 sniper teams from 16 nations compete annually in the U.S. Army Europe-directed, 7th Army Training Command hosted, European Best Sniper Team Competition held at the Grafenwoehr Training Area in Bavaria, Germany.
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