Tactical Leadership (Ranger Challenge)

Tactical Leadership (Ranger Challenge)
Emphasis on fitness and tactical proficiency. Participation on University Ranger Challenge Team. Requires commitment and endurance. Provides insight into advanced Army professional training.
 Hours2.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 16.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesCurrent enrollment in AROTC program.
 TaughtFall, Winter
Course Outcomes

Leader Development

Outcome 1:

Leader Development

Students are given training guidance, mandatory training/class timeline, and expected outcomes from the instructor (CPT Young). From there it becomes the responsibility of the students to asses their available resources, identify their key training tasks, and build a detailed event timeline with a comprehensive training outline. Classes/training for each block of instruction/skill-set is supervised by class leadership and delegated to other students to become subject mater experts for their respective skill-sets and train the other students in the class.

The students demonstrated solid leadership, good work ethic, and developed quality training. However, their training was not always nested within the initial guidance given by the instructor (CPT Young). This resulted in inefficiencies in lines of effort that were not focused on intended outcomes.

Instructors’ (CPT Young) initial guidance needs to be more specific and focused. Execution needs more supervision without crossing the threshold of diminishing an active learning environment.

Showcasing Military Skills and Excellence

Outcome 2:

Show-casing Military Skills and Excellence

The Ranger Challenge class (425R) allows students to enhance their military skills and show-case their efforts in high visibility culminating and evaluated events.

Students enrolled in 425R demonstrate a greater understanding of leadership, tactics, and techniques by practical application throughout all classes, training exercises, and events within the BYU ROTC organization.

BYU ROTC public affairs need to synchronize more effectively with campus and local media in order to not only show-case the achievements of the Ranger Challenge team within the ROTC organization, but also extend visibility to other student organizations across campus and the local community.

Building Relationships and Camaraderie

Outcome 3:

Building Relationships and Camaraderie

During the class students work through the dynamics of peer leadership, working together as a team, competition with other teams, and professional interaction/coordination with foreign nations.

The BYU Ranger Challenge team organized, synchronized, panned, and executed within the organization with effective conflict management and communication. During the Sandhurst Cup, an International competition at West Point Military Academy, the BYU Ranger Challenge team built lasting relationships with other US military organizations and foreign nations.


Outcome 4:


The Ranger Challenge Team, selected from the top 11 enrolled in the class, placed 1st overall in the Brigade Ranger Challenge Competition in Colorado. As the winner of the Brigade Competition, the team was selected to participate in the Sandhurst Cup at West Point Military Academy. The BYU Ranger Challenge team placed 14 out of 54 Participating teams from all over the world at the Sandhurst Cup.

Competition is one of the key drivers for active learning in this tactical leadership class. The students are more focused, they work harder, and they put in more hours in order to achieve higher standards on individual and collective skill-sets for the benefit of the team.