FORT LEE, Va. (April 1, 2010) – Soldiers from the 217th Military Police Detachment went through a series of mental and physical challenges at the Warfighter try-outs March 23-24 at Fort Pickett.
During the 18-hour competition, eight Soldiers and NCOs tested their mettle.
They began at 5:30 a.m. with a modified physical fitness test. Instead of the standard two minutes of push-ups, two minutes of sit-ups and a two-mile run on the flattest terrain around, the competitors performed three minutes of elevated push-ups, three minutes of unsupported sit-ups while holding a 25-pound sandbag and a three-mile run.
Next, they battled through the Fort Pickett Air Assault obstacle course, followed by weapons qualification with both the M4 and M9.
Then, the Soldiers went through a 12-mile course of dismounted urban land navigation while stopping to complete Army Warrior Tasks and Drill along the way.
The competition culminated with a three-hour night land navigation event which ended around 10 p.m.
The competitors were transported back to Fort Lee to rest. They appeared before a board at 9 a.m. the following morning.
In the end only three Soldiers – Sgt. Leshawn Sanders, Spc. Steven Martin and Pfc. Danielle Duggan – were chosen to represent the Fort Lee Military Police in the 69th annual Military Police Warfighter Competition held at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., in September.