BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Jemison native Staff Sergeant Joshua Skeleton, a member of the U.S. Army, will be competing in this year’s Army Reserve’s Best Warrior Competition at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin.
The competition will be held June 23-28.
The participating soldiers will face a variety of challenges related to military topics and Army physical fitness, such as push-ups, sit-ups and a two-mile run.
They will have to complete a written exam on general military topics, fire M-4 rifles, negotiate an Urban Orienteering Course and prove their skills in hand-to-hand combats, first aid and more.
There will be two winners selected as the Army Reserve’s Soldier and NCO (Non-commissioned officer) of the Year.
They will then compete against the winners from the major Army commands in October at Fort Lee, Virginia.
Approximately 52 Soldiers from the 200,000-strong Army Reserve will be selected to compete.
Their military backgrounds and experience represent a broad field of careers.
Many have been deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan or Kuwait in recent years.
The soldiers represent a wide cross-section if America, hailing from various states across the United States.
Beatrice Bode contributed to this report.
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