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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The competition was fierce Wednesday at UALR. Soldiers were tested for endurance and skills that could mean the difference between life and death.

National guardsmen and ROTC cadets took part in a 3-day competition with mental, physical and warrior challenges. And, some of them were even doing it all blindfolded. Some of these guys - even doing all this blindfolded.

"If a helicopter goes down we may have to, as part of a special mission, we may have to repel or jump out of a helicopter, get into the water, and we have to be able to survive under those conditions," said SSG William Snowden from the Arkansas National Guard.

In addition to that swimming exercise, they also competed in marksmanship and a special mystery event.

The winner will determine the Soldier of the Year and Non-commissioned Officer of the Year.

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