CORTLANDT MANOR, NY (WWTI) – National Guard soldiers from across New York State will compete for the title of “Best Warrior” during the first week of April.

This annual competition began on April 6 and will be held at the Camp Smith training site at Cortlandt Manor throughout the week.

According to the National Guard, the soldiers represent the main commands of the Guard and will compete in two categories, including soldiers at the rank of specialist or private and sergeants, staff sergeants and sergeants first class s compete to see who is the best NCO.

The soldiers will be tested on their physical fitness, marksmanship, military knowledge and military skills. Competitors have already won similar events at the battalion and brihgade levels of the competitions.

Additionally, soldiers are tested on their knowledge of military justice, military current affairs and history, security and intelligence operations, military courtesy, leadership, advice and how to deal with chemical and biological weapons.

“Units from across the New York National Guard select their best, most motivated Soldiers to compete in our Best Warrior Competition,” New York National Guard Command Sgt. Major David Piwowarski said in a press release. “We will assess this motivation through a range of assessments, tactical knowledge, skill, physical fitness, marksmanship and skill proficiency of the soldier. These soldiers represent some of the best uniforms in New York. »

Competitors are ranked based on their ability to handle practical military tasks, including mine placement, first aid and grenade throwing, as well as their ability to fire the M-4 rifle. Competitors must qualify with their assigned weapon and also perform well in the “Stress Shoot” event which involves firing multiple different weapons.

Soldiers will also be able to earn a German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge, which involves a few additional tests like pistol shooting and swimming in full uniform.

In the final event, soldiers will participate in a 12 kilometer road march carrying a 35-pound bag and their weapons.

The winner of the New York contest will face the winners of the Northeast’s Best Warrior. The winner of this contest goes to a national event.

The New York Army National Guard’s Best Warrior Competition will conclude at Cortlandt Manor on Saturday, April 9, 2022.