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Competition With A Purpose

A highly innovative "Competition with a Purpose," the Battle Challenge is a unique fitness and ability-based military action sport comprised of marksmanship skills and job-related tasks that are highly relevant to the U.S. armed forces. Performing a series of nine tasks under pressure of time, Battle Challenge competitors race against the clock and their age and gender group opponents for the bragging rights to be the "Best of the Best" in an adrenaline filled side-by-side battle field simulation that takes place on a mirrored course.

Objective & Relevance

Each branch of the armed forces conducts physical fitness programs and tests that incorporate pushups, pull-ups, sit-ups and other fitness measures that often lack direct relevance to real-world military situations. By contrast, the Battle Challenge simulates a highly relevant series of nine tasks that mimic battle field skills and the fitness demands required to be successful under physically challenging circumstances: 1) Cargo Net Climb, 2) Knotted Rope Descent, 3) Wall Surmount, 4) Ammo Resupply, 5) Low Crawl, 6) Jerry Can Shuttle, 7) Rifle Window Shot, 8) Rifle Mousehole Shot, and 9) Man-Down Rescue.

Competition Structure

Marksmanship is an integral part of the Battle Challenge. Prominently featured near the end of the Battle Challenge course in Task 7 and Task 8, the highly innovative Advanced Tactical Training Solutions (ATTS) rifle-laser-target technology provides industry-leading battle ground marksmanship realism, when heart rates are high, and 100% reliability in all environments.

In addition to providing skills training and an objective measure of a Battle Challenge participant’s performance in relation to military job tasks and his/her peer competitors, the Battle Challenge’s head-to-head competition takes place in a highly motivational sports setting that adds energy, enthusiasm, interest, and entertainment value for the competitors and the audience.

From start to finish, each cycle of the Battle Challenge takes an average competitor approximately two (2) minutes to complete the nine tasks. During this period, competitors have ample time to successfully perform the job tasks and to differentiate themselves from their opponents in relation to skill and fitness levels and elapsed time.

An awards ceremony recognizing top competitors in each category concludes the competition and training program.

The Battle Challenge is: i) offered on a “turn-key” basis, ii) conducted on a concrete or asphalt area about the size of a tennis court (80 x 150 feet), and iii) managed by a team of five OTC employees operating out of two trucks.  Set up takes about a day and the typical Battle Challenge lasts no more than three days. For planning purposes, competitor throughput averages between 30 and 40 service members per hour for a total of 180 to 240 competitors per six hour day – organized in two three hour sessions with a one hour break in the middle. Four local volunteers help the Battle Challenge staff by resetting the course between runs of the competition.
Background & Development
Created, owned and operated by On•Target Challenge, Inc. (OTC), the Battle Challenge is the newest of OTC’s military and first responder skills competitions: the Marine Corps Super Squad Challenge, the Army Ranger Challenge, the World SWAT Challenge, and the LEOPARD (Law Enforcement Officer Performance And Reaction Drill) Challenge. OTC’s best known “Competition with a Purpose” is the highly successful 24-year old Firefighter Combat Challenge®, www.firefighterchallenge.com, an internationally-renowned competition that captures the ethos of the world's elite firefighters. Wearing full firefighter gear and breathing apparatus, firefighters simulate and demonstrate the rigors of firefighting in a linked series of essential tasks: climbing the 5-story FCC tower, hoisting, chopping, dragging hoses, and rescuing a life-sized 175 lb. "victim." Broadcast on all major television networks over the years, the Firefighter Challenge has been seen and applauded by millions of people internationally – attracting hundreds of fire departments and thousands of competitors each year as the Firefighter Challenge tours the U.S. and the world.
The Military Battle Challenge

Battle Challenge | 15312 Spencerville Court | Suite 100 | Burtonsville, MD | 20866
contact [at] battlechallenge.org | 301.421.4433

Learn more about On•Target Challenge properties:
Firefighter Combat Challenge | LEOPARD Challenge | First Responder Institute | FFCC.TV