The thirteen Soldiers at this year’s Secretary of the Army, Army Reserve Career Counselor of the Year competition began their second day of physical and mental evaluations before the bright and early of the rising sun hit the sky.
The competitors started the grueling day at Fort Gillem, Ga. with a Physical Fitness Test which consists of push-ups, sit-ups and a timed two-mile run.
A soon as the candidates completed the Physical Fitness Test, they were immediately faced with their next Soldiering exam – Urban Orienteering .
The thirteen national-level candidates received basic land navigation tools – compass, map and specific guidelines for the evaluation – along with a weighted-down backpack to make the trek just a little more difficult.
Soldiers had four hours to find at least three locations scattered out on Fort Gillem.
At each location, the candidate answered a question based on their line of work – Career Counseling.
As the contestants raced back to the ending point, they were again faced with a variety of tests. Soldiers rotated between different first aid exam stations as well as a small arms marksmanship system that tested the contestants’ skills with an M16 rifle.