U.S. Army ROTC cadets from Missouri and eight surrounding states will converge on Fort Leonard Wood this Friday and Saturday to compete in the U.S. Army Cadet Command 3rd Brigade Ranger Challenge. During this event, cadets in college ROTC programs from Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin will compete in tasks like the obstacle course, first aid, leader reaction course, weapons skills and pistol shoot, and a grenade assault lane, among other tasks. The winning team will represent the brigade at the Sandhurst Military Skills Competition at West Point, New York, in the spring. Army ROTC produces approximately 70 percent of the officers entering the Army each year and is available through nearly 1,000 college campuses nationwide ranging from Harvard to Berkley — from Tufts to Ohio State. Army ROTC teaches leadership and discipline, management techniques, cultural awareness, and problem-solving. Those who participate in Army ROTC and subsequently serve as Army officers develop leadership and managerial skills that last a lifetime.