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The Australian Army Skill at Arms Meet (AASAM) is a combat marksmanship competition conducted annually by the Australian Army. AASAM has a long-standing reputation within the ADF, amongst Armies of the Asia-Pacific Region, and with Australia’s traditional defence partners. AASAM is used by the ADF to identify the Champion Shot of the three Services, the Champion Unit, and to select the Australian team to compete in the international phase of the competition. The Chief of the Australian Army has invited over 20 international teams to compete in the international phase of AASAM18. AASAM18 will be held between the 17th April to 10th May 2018 at the Puckapunyal Military Area, Victoria.


On behalf of the Chief of Army, I extend a warm welcome to all competitors that will meet at Puckapunyal for AASAM18.

I am proud to lead the Combined Arms Training Centre (CATC) in hosting AASAM for its 11th year at Puckapunyal. The CATC prepares soldiers for battlefield operations across all combat trades, particularly the accurate application of small arms fire; the foundation of tactical and mission success. The CATC will bring together a wide range of specialists to plan and convene AASAM18 and will draw support from across the Australian Army during the three weeks of the meet.

This year’s competition will build on the 2017 range practices and will test the combat marksmanship of every competitor including night shooting skills. This further reflects the focus on combat shooting in a contemporary operational environment. AASAM18 again raises the benchmark in assessing combat marksmanship and continues to validate individual and team tactical drills, equipment and training.

I particularly welcome the international competitors whose representation from many armies across the world, makes an invaluable contribution to the standard of competition and professionalism. 2018 will see representation from over 20 armies which will provide a great opportunity to build new friendships amongst some of the finest military marksmen in the world.

I look forward to observing you during the competition and meeting you at the programmed social and cultural events. I am confident that AASAM18 will be a challenging, rigorous and hard fought competition. Good shooting to all.

Colonel Dick Parker
Combined Arms Training Centre


The AASAM 18 Handbook (now posted)
Click here to learn about individual entry.
Click here to learn about team entry. 
Click here to learn about sniper entry.
Click here to learn about information for competitors.
Click here for points of contact.

Last updated
24 April 2018
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