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Information for competitors

The Australian Army Skills at Arms Meeting 2017 will be held over the period 5–26 May 2017 at Puckapunyal Military Area.
7 April 2017
WO2 Charles King

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AASAM will be conducted in the following stages:

Preparation 23 April – 4 May

Australian teams and individuals arrive 4 May

ADF Controlled practise 5 May

International teams arrive 11 –13 May

Australian sniper competitors arrive 13 May

Sniper competition 14 – 20 May

AASAM and champion shot events 6 – 26 May

Australian competitors depart 13 May

International teams depart 27 - 28 May

Nomination Forms

To nominate to compete in AASAM 2017, nomination forms are below and are to be submitted by email no later than 27 March 2017.

Champion shot individual entry
Unit/brigade nomination
ADF sniper competition

Dress and equipment

AASAM attracts many important visitors from the ADF as well as Australian and International VIPs. A high standard of dress is expected of all members.

Non-issued items of dress or equipment or those not currently in service are not acceptable.

Participants are only to use standard issue webbing, in accordance with CDF Directive 11/2009. Combat body armour and helmet are to be worn for all matches. Training plates will be provided for units with TBAS. Body armour and a helmet will be provided for units that do not have access to the items.

ADF Competitors are to arrive with the following equipment:

  • Three sets of DPCU/combat uniforms and bush hat
  • Combat boots
  • Individual Combat Load Carrying Equipment (ICLCE) consisting as a minimum of:
  • Two ammunition pouches
  • Two water bottles
  • Shoulder harness and/or belt
  • Cold weather clothing
  • Wet weather clothing
  • Neat civilian attire, including a collared shirt (no offensive motifs on clothing will be accepted)
  • Enclosed shoes/sandals
  • PT clothing
  • Towel and toiletries

Support staff are not required to bring Individual Combat Load Carrying Equipment (ICLCE).

All personnel are to ensure that all items are clearly labelled with their name and regimental details upon arrival to AASAM. 

Navy and Air Force teams are to arrive with equipment issued from their respective organisations.

Personnel are to report with serviceable clothing and equipment as there is no ability to exchange deficient items or unserviceable equipment. Personnel arriving with equipment deficiencies may not be authorised to participate in the competition.

Neat civilian attire or PT dress may be worn when members are not on duty.

Weapons The Australian Army Skill at Arms Meeting is the Australian Army's annual service weapons competition. It follows the small arms training continuum (from basic application of fire to advance application of fire) and consists of combat-focused matches, using the following in-service weapons: 

  • F88/F88SA1 fitted with standard 1.5 Optic Sight, ACOG or Wildcat enhanced optic sight, (M4 fitted with iron sight or ACOG may be used by special forces personnel)
  • F89 Minimi, Light Support Weapon
  • MAG 58 Machine Gun
  • 9mm Self Load Pistol

Sniper competitors require the following in-service weapons:

  • SR 98, 7.62mm system
  • F88 for LF 6
  • 9mm pistol

Movement of weapons

Movement of weapons to and from the competition is the Team Captains responsibility and is to be in accordance with the Defence Security Manual.
Carriage of Service weapons on domestic air carriers is to be in accordance with the Defence Security Manual Part 2:66 annex D para 8.

Teams are to note that the night matches are to be fired using Weapons Training Simulation System (WTSS). Night Aiming Device (NAD) and Night Vision Goggles (NVG) will be provided by AASAM organisers. Units are not required to bring NAD or NVG to AASAM.

Information about the movement of weapons can be found on the Defence Restricted Network's AASAM site.

International teams should contact the International Liaison Officer if they require assistance.

Loan pool weapons
AASAM staff are unable to assist in any way with procurement of loan pool weapons. If the use of loan pool weapons is required due to unavailability of unit weapons, it is the team captain or individual competitor’s responsibility to make appropriate arrangements through the loan pool.

Customs/Quarantine Information

Biosecurity is a serious concern for all visitors entering Australia. It is recommended that international teams read the Department of Agriculture's brochure for trouble free entry to Australia on arrival at Melbourne International Airport.

Previous experience has shown that teams must ensure all field equipment; including boots are free from dirt, grasses and seeds. Those items that do not meet Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service standards may be denied entry.

Last updated
6 April 2017
Army: Courage. Initiative. Respect. Teamwork.
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