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Australian Army Skill at Arms Meeting
10 May 2018
The Australian Army Skill at Arms Meeting (AASAM) 2018 was held over the period 14 April to 10 May 2018 at Puckapunyal Military Area, Victoria. AASAM is a combat-focused skill-at-arms competition, encompassing current in-service small-arms systems, competed at individual and unit levels. The purpose of AASAM is to improve Australian Defence Force operational capability through a rigorous, challenging and combat-focused skill-at-arms competition. Since 1984, AASAM has been Australia's premier military shooting tournament, with a growing reputation worldwide. It is now one of the world’s biggest military shooting competitions. This year the competition includes teams from Australia, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, U.S. Marine Corps, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Japan, Canada, Cambodia, United Kingdom, Philippines, Brunei, Fiji, Thailand, Timor Leste, Tonga, and the United Arab Emirates. Irrespective of nationality, the common language is marksmanship. The competition is judged through a series of team and individual events encompassing day and night shooting as well as a bayonet assault course simulating close-quarter fighting, and deliberate shooting out to 450 metres. Snipers engage targets out to 1000 metres. Contestants fire pistol, rifle, sniper rifle and machine gun on the standard-issue weapons of their respective defence forces. AASAM identifies the best combat marksmen for selection in the Australian Army Combat Shooting Team (AACST) to represent the Australian Army at overseas international skill-at-arms competitions. While it is an Australian Army event, members of the Royal Australian Navy and Royal Australian Air Force may also compete in both team and individual events. The Champion Shot of the Army, Navy and Air Force is also decided at AASAM. The competition is designed to assess current in-service small-arms system capabilities, equipment and targetry, as well as analyse training in combat-shooting techniques, weapon-training doctrine and small-arms practices. The competition is primarily organised and staffed by Australian Army Reserve members who return each year to ensure the event remains a success.
10 May 2018