Story by SPC Corey Foreman on 09/19/2016
FORT STEWART, Ga. Soldiers of Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division began their "Best Rock" competition Sept. 13 at Fort Stewart, Georgia.
"The purpose of the Best Rock Competition is to train and evaluate individuals in a competitive format allowing them an opportunity to demonstrate successful skill level one knowledge under stressful conditions," said 2nd Lt. Michael Dwyer, platoon leader for 2nd Platoon, Co. C
The name "Best Rock" is derived from the company's name, "Charlie Rock," Dwyer explained.
Military units include competition with their training to motivate Soldiers and simulate stress inducing scenarios.
"Competition is important because it is the livelihood of the infantryman," Dwyer explained. "We want our Soldiers to be competitive amongst themselves and amongst their peers, which fosters a greater training environment for all."
"Competition acts as a natural stress inducer which forces Charlie Rock' Soldiers to manipulate their bodies to respond to that stress," Dwyer continued. "Additionally, competition ensures that our skills are as sharp as they can be when the time comes to deploy."
During the first week, these "Can Do!" Soldiers, their battalion motto, displayed their knowledge of weapons, ability to react to contact and provide basic medical assistance.
Dwyer explained Soldiers still have to prove their mettle with land navigation, call for fire and a stress shoot to find out which four-man team will earn the title of "Best Rock."
"Ultimately, there is a point scheme that encompasses each daily competition that will decide Best Rock'," said Dwyer.
Winners will set their platoon apart from the rest of their company.
"We rise to the challenge, we want to set the standard for Charlie Rock'," said Pfc. Thomas Richardson, an infantryman competing for 3rd Plt., Co. C.