FYI the goal is never the best, it is MISSION. Heart, drive, determination- not always best measured by who can do the most push-ups, but by who keeps pressing on under fire. A difficult thing to quantify.
I never was the best by any stretch of the imagination, only barstool rangers are 'the best'.
But as the Infantry motto said at the entrance to Ft. Puke a lifetime ago for many young men... I was second to none.... see the subtle difference there?