An hour-by-hour look at the Best Ranger schedule shows that sleep is not among the priorities
0600-0715: Physical Training: push-ups, sit-ups, followed by...push-ups, sit-ups.
0730-0900: Unknown Distance Run (which this year turned out to be eight miles).
0945-1230: M4 Record Fire: Rangers lower themselves into a prone position and fire at moving targets. (Performance in early events determines the order in which teams undertake the Spot Jump, the Litter Carry and the canoe run. In Best Ranger, says Sgt. 1st Class Eric White, who was a winner in the '95 competition, "The sleep you get is the sleep you earn." In other words, the earlier you finish, the more shut-eye you can stockpile.)
1025-1545: As contestants finish on the range, they begin to board helicopters for the Spot Jump, in which they try to parachute into a chalk circle some 50 feet in diameter, a task made more difficult by winds gusting up to 15 mph. (Only one team lands both men in the circle.)
1145-1640: Litter Carry, in which Rangers hump a 150-pound load 2� miles over hilly terrain.
1210-1810: 7�-mile canoe paddle on Upatoi Creek, the shallowness of which requires numerous draggings and portages.
2000-2400: Foot March, 18-plus miles in full gear. Knocks out more teams than any other event. Teams must finish in six hours.