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Soldier, Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year competition to be conducted
Approximately seven Arkansas Army National Guard Soldiers will participate in a Combat Water Survival Test (CWST) as part of a three-day competition that determines the Soldier and Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) of the Year. The CWST will be a combined exercise with the UALR Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets.
The event takes place Wednesday, February 13, between 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. The overall competition will continue to run through Friday, February 15.
This event takes place at the Donaghey Student Center pool at the University of Arkansas Little Rock (UALR). Media are directed to take University Avenue to University Drive, follow it until it ends at a tennis court, turn left and go to the "no entrance" sign; turn right and escort at the gate will let you in.
Every major Army command in the Arkansas National Guard choose one Soldier - pay grade E1 through E4 - and one NCO - pay grade E5 through E8 - to participate in a series of mental, physical and warrior challenges that result in the naming of the state-wide Soldier of the Year and the state-wide NCO of the Year.
This year's competition includes physical fitness testing, marksmanship, land navigation, combat water survival, long-distance road marching, Army combatives and a special mystery event designed to test their abilities on several fronts.
The two winners of this competition will move on to the regional competition in May. The regional winners compete at the National Guard level, with the winners there competing for the Army crown in the fall.