Fort Jackson holds competition for best 2015 sergeants

FORT JACKSON, S.C. (AP) — Some of the Army’s top soldiers are competing at Fort Jackson for the honor of being named the service’s 2015 Sergeants of the Year.

Two competitions are being held Monday through Thursday at the training installation outside Columbia.

Six of the services top drill sergeants compete in one contest, while seven top platoon sergeants from the Army’s advanced individual training units compete in a separate contest.

Competitors are judged on tasks that include distance runs, foot marches, rappelling, obstacle courses, and appearances before a board of command sergeants major who evaluate their knowledge of leadership, training and how to educate soldiers.

Winners will be announced Thursday evening.

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