All AMS Units and Individuals whether Regular or Reserve including those attached to a DMS establishment are entitled to participate; the Exercise is collective military training with soldiers on duty throughout. It is not Adventurous Training.
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ONLINE FORMS / RULES / REFERENCE DOCUMENTS
The rules for EX NORDIC DRAGON MEDIC follow the AWSA rules, which are adapted from the IBU (International Biathlon Union) rules.
It is always a good idea to get your team to familiarize themselves with the rules for the competition before deploying on the exercise. As this will give them time to ask any questions they may have regarding the rules, which at times can be confusing to a novice racer.
Familiarising yourself with the rules will also aid in the preparation of your team as there are some items of equipment that are specified as being necessary in the rules which the novice team may overlook.
Any team that is forced to withdraw from the event due to work are to inform the Chairman AMS Nordic Skiing at the earliest possible convenience via Capt Danny Austin.
COMMAND & CONTROL
Chairman AMS Nordic Skiing & Exercise Director – Col SJ Nadin RAMC.
OIC Ex. Capt D Austin RAMC:
Mil: 94229 5232 Civ: 01252 868632
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
The aim of EX NORDIC DRAGON MEDIC is to deliver the highest possible level of training and set the conditions for fulfilment of all skiers’ potential in preparation for the competition season. This will be achieved in 4 areas: basic and advanced skiing technique training, range practices, skiing specific fitness training and lectures on waxing, nutrition and race-preparation. Instruction will be provided by experienced military skiing and Biathlon Coaching staff.
Whilst it is understood that Regimental Teams will enter the Nordic Season with a variety of experience, the camp will seek to cater for all aspirations by fulfilling the following objectives:
- To teach novices Biathlon, Cross Country Skiing and develop the ability of intermediate/advanced skiers.
- To prepare Regimental Teams and Team Captains for Ex WHITEFIST, Ex PIPEDOWN, Ex SPARTAN HIKE, Ex RUCKSACK and Ex ASPEN SERPENT.
- To foster physical fitness, marksmanship, teamwork and determination in individuals and develop the administrative competence of Team Captains.
- To improve the standard of Nordic Skiing across the Army Medical Services and deliver on the Recruiting Covenant.
- To prepare the maximum number of AMS Teams to achieve the qualifying standard for the Army, Inter-Service and National Championships.
The Ex programme will be issued in Norway as it is subject to change depending on snow conditions, weather, availability of facilities and instructors. The following is an outline of how the scheme will run:
- The Scheme will deliver a programme of four weeks, divided into six days of training with one day rest. Typical days will consist of a morning session from 0900 – 1200 and an afternoon session from 1400 – 1600.
- Where possible teams will be kept together, for training value however teams may be split into ability groups. Evening lectures on equipment, Ski waxing, Biathlon and nutrition for racing will also be available. Biathlon training will be split into a two tier approach with programmes for novice and experienced skiers.
- The Ex will host formal races for all those on the camp and there is an aspiration to run a Biathlon sprint event which will be dependent on the conditions and availability of ammunition but only for those teams who are going onto the Divisional competitions.
Traditional Norwegian Meal
At the end of the camp, it is intended to have a Traditional Norwegian Meal in the hotel for all participants. There will be an additional cost, however this will be based on those that wish to attend. Strict dress codes are not enforced, jeans may be worn but regimental jumpers/polo shirts are preferable.
ARRIVAL / REGISTRATION
Those participating in the Ex are to complete and return Annex A to the undersigned by 1 Oct 2015.
Team Captains, Instructors and individuals are to report to the EX OC once they arrive in Norway, an exercise contact number will be issued to those attending. Those travelling by air and rail will be met by members of the Admin Party at Dombås Rail station and taken where possible by vehicle to the hotel.
On arrival all Team Captains will be required to provide the following:
- Proof of insurance cover for ski racing.
- Proof of WHT (only those competing at the Divs etc).
MOVEMENT AND TRANSPORT
All movement and weapon clearances should be in accordance with Army European Winter Activity Instruction and Clearance Requirements & Planning Considerations For Transit & Through The Federal Republic of Germany For Exercises & Training.
Team Captains and individuals should clear attendance on the Ex through their Divisional G3 (PAT) chain of command.
Transit clearance should be sought in accordance with Clearance Requirements & Planning Considerations For Transit & Through The Federal Republic of Germany For Exercises & Training.
There are many different ways to travel to Norway, it is the aspiration of this instruction that all UK units meet centrally at 4 Armoured Medical Regiment and travel on mass via the same route. That UK unit’s meet with Germany based units and onward move to Norway via the same route.
Norwegian Road Tolls
Norway has recently implemented a Toll system on all of its main roads. The system is not like UK or other European Toll systems. Team captains are required to register with the Toll system in advance of the Exercise. Full information in English can be obtained at www.autopass.no. The cost of Toll road use can be claimed back through JPA once the Toll authority finalises any team charges, some eighty days after your final day in Norway.
Transport to, from and during the Exercise is the responsibility of the Team Captains. Team Captains should also note the following:
- Driving Licences – All drivers must be in possession of a UK Driving Licence and FMT 600 having passed the relevant European matrix tests. Familiarisation of driving on the continent and in cold weather is advised. Driver’s hours are too be abided by.
- Winterisation – All vehicles must be properly equipped for winter driving; this includes snow / all weather tyres, snow chains, anti freeze and oil.
- Breakdown – All vehicles should have European break-down cover. High Visibility Vests are required to be carried for all individuals travelling in a vehicle and should be worn when outside in the event of an accident/breakdown. Historically LDV combi vans do not operate well in Norway during the winter. Parts are almost impossible to find, units are discouraged from using LDV combi vans on these grounds.
- Drink Driving – Alcohol limits for drivers in Norway are far stricter than UK levels. Roadside checks for alcohol are frequent, and submission to a breathalyser is mandatory. Penalties for driving under the influence are severe and can lead to a prison sentence. The 0.20ml limit relates to no alcohol 12 hours before driving. A designated driver, who does not drink on the Germany to Norway ferry, should be nominated.
There are no Ex POL facilities; Unit European Shell cards are to be used. There is a shell filling station 10 km en-route to Lillehammer as well as a Shell Garage in Dombås. Team Captains should note that the Army contract is for fuel only and not oils.
All team members will be required to carry a full UK Passport. Team Captains should check the expiry dates of passports as part of initial team selection. It should be noted that the Norwegians will request an individual’s passport number in order to cover hospital bills.
NATO Travel Order
Teams are to carry a NATO Travel Order when travelling on the Ex. Team Captains should note that forms need to be produced for each individual and typed, not completed as a group. Soldiers with non UK passports must have a NATO Travel Order to support their travel, failure to do this will result in delays at boarder crossings
Personnel will be accommodated in self-catering chalets dependant on availablity. The chalets are fully equipped with all modern conveniences.
Location and Accommodation allocation
Yearly poor snow conditions have led to the Ex traveling to various locations to obtain the best snow, Dombås offers excellent Biathlon training but can when the snow is poor offer limited real-estate for ski training. Gålå offers excellent ski training but biathlon opportunities are limited. The intent is to split the Ex into two locations and rotate teams so that teams get the most out of what both locations have to offer. Initial allocation will be decided by Capt Danny Austin prior to the Ex. Those traveling by train will almost certainly go to Dombås initially.
Trolltun Hotel Accommodation
The Trolltun Hotel supports the chalets and personnel living in the chalets may use the following hotel facilities: Sauna, washing/drying facilities (tokens are available from the main reception), table tennis and a TV-Video room. There is internet but a small charge may be required to use this facility. Information and the address of the hotel are as follows:
Tel: +47 – 61 24 09 60 Fax: +47 – 61 24 13 30 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website
Gålå Booking (Gålå)
Gålåvegen 1343 supports the chalets and personnel living in the chalets may use the hotel facilities including the pool but at a cost: There is internet but a small charge may be required to use this facility. www.galabooking.no
Team Captains are urged to stress the importance of this Exercise as underpinning training to the Championships. Any visitors are encouraged to attend the camp to see the training and race however it is the responsibility of the unit to provide accommodation and hosting.
Team Captains are to ensure that all outstanding bills are settled prior to their departure from Dombås and Gålå.
In accordance with JSP 752 Tri-Service Regulations For Allowances – Chap 6, Sect 1 and DIN – Army European Winter Activity Instruction, those participating in the Scheme are entitled to normal duty allowances including Local Overseas Allowance (LOA), Long Serving Separation Allowance (LSA) and Subsistence Allowance (SA). All other costs incurred by units can be charged against the appropriate unit training budget (for travel and accommodation) or Nordic Ski Fund. Units should use the references combined with the funding process to justify full subsidisation of expenses incurred in the participation of the Ex.
EXERCISE NORDIC DRAGON MEDIC is individual military training; Exercise participants are entitled to LOA at Exercise rates according to JSP 752 Tri-Service Regulations For Allowances – Chap 6, Sect 1 and DIN – Army European Winter Activity Instruction.
EXERCISE NORDIC DRAGON MEDIC is individual military training; Ex participants are entitled to LSA at Exercise rates according to JSP 752 Tri-Service Regulations For Allowances – Chap 6, Sect 1 and DIN – Army European Winter Activity Instruction.
EXERCISE NORDIC DRAGON MEDIC is individual military training; Units and Individuals should obtain their SC authority to claim for CILOR in accordance with Ref JSP 752 Tri-Service Regulations For Allowances – Chap 6, Sect 1 and DIN – Army European Winter Activity Instruction (all rules and application forms are within). Team Captains should note that Nordic Skiing burns in excess of 4000 calories per day.
As per JSP 752 Tri-Service Regulations For Allowances – Chap 6, Sect 1, a supplement of 25% of the Daily Messing Rate can be claimed. Team Captains are entitled to claim the Arctic Supplement (AS) due to the Exercise being authorised, living above the snow line and in mountain huts. Applications are to be submitted through the chain of command and in advance of the Scheme.
There is no pay office. Team Captains must ensure that all their soldiers have the facility to withdraw money abroad or bring enough currency to last the Scheme.
Divisional and Army Central Welfare, Sports Equipment and Special Grants are available through the various references. Advice should be sought from Capt Austin.
Battle Field Tour
Teams will be encouraged to visit a local commonwealth war grave and pay military respects. This is not a compulsory serial within the programme but teams and younger soldiers may find the experience worthwhile.
EQUIPMENT - Including Biathlon weapons and ammunition
It is importance that all personal on the Exercise are properly equipped to ski and train in harsh conditions. Team Captains are to ensure that the standard of kit is correct, failure to do so will result in soldiers being removed from training. Commanders are encouraged to make themselves familiar with DIN – MOD policy regarding non freezing cold injuries. A full kit list will be issued to those attending the Ex.
Units should endeavour to purchase their own ski equipment by using the Grants available via the Nuffield Trust in line with Ref K. However, failing this, ski equipment can be hired in resort at a cost of £15 per person per week (Dombås only) or bought from a variety of sources, there is no ski hire in Gålå. RMA Sports provide tax free equipment that can be delivered to Dombås. Rollerski.co.uk also provide equipment but only to the UK, delivery is usually within 3 working days. The RMA details are as follows:
Ski Equipment & Clothing. Mr Bob Anderson and Mr Iian Ballentine: RMA Sports UK Ltd, 4 Riverside Drive, Chippenham, Wilts, SN15 3XS.
Hire – All units wishing to compete in the Championships are to bring Biathlon weapons. SA80s are not to be brought to Norway.
Training – Weapon training is the responsibility of Team Captains who are to ensure that all members of their team are adequately trained and have passed their Biathlon weapon handling test (WHT) prior to deployment. Units should have at least one qualified Joint Services Biathlon Shooting Instructor (JSBSI) or have attended the Biathlon Rifle Trainer Course.
Armourer – There is no armourer available for the Exercise.
Biathlon Range – Teams are to note that no Biathlon training will be allowed on the range outside of organised times unless authorised by Captain Austin or the Chief Instructor. All costs for the use of the complex will be covered by the Camp, however this year a small charge may apply. Advice and recommendations for range equipment can be found with the undersigned however the following is a minimum:
a. Biathlon Scope – On a tripod 15m behind the firing point.
b. Rifle Cover – European law that weapons are covered.
c. Biathlon Targets – Paper Targets for training.
d. Staple Gun – Including spare staples.
e. Black & White Paint – Cans of Matt spray paint to repair target fronts.
Ammunition – Ammunition will available throughout the Exercise. Ammunition may be required for outside Biathlon training and the Championships. Teams should bid for ammunition using this Ex Instruction as authority.
Movement & Security – The security of weapons and ammunition is the responsibility of Team Captains. Weapons, bolts and ammunition are all to be stored, transported and locked away separately. A list of all weapon serial numbers must be carried for inspection by customs officers. Teams will be inspected for weapon and ammunition security during the Exercise and subsequent Championships
Roller skiing is a very effective snow simulation tool (and even a sport by itself) but you want to keep a few things in mind. First, if you simply can’t get comfortable on pavement or around traffic you might be better off doing foot ski simulation instead. A terrified roller skier isn’t going to be able to get their heart rate up (maybe via fright but not via training and is far more likely to take a dangerous fall. Conversely, if you are rolling in particularly tough terrain or high altitude you need to make sure your heart rate does not climb too high. It is very easy to get swept up by the speed of roller skiing and forget to monitor your training zones. If you are operating at too high a heart rate with too little experience on roller skis you are more likely to make mistakes, which result in a fall or simply over train yourself.
Finally, the biggest benefit roller skiing provides over bounding or running is in the development of technique and endurance strength. To yield the maximum benefit, roller ski workouts must contain a great deal of focused time isolating specific technical areas and muscle groups. Many skiers (of all ages) go out all summer and fall on roller skis and can’t figure out why they don’t make a huge jump in improvement the next winter. The answer usually lies in too much time rolling with “lazy ” technique; always skiing in terrain that is too steep or too flat; and/or generally just “going out” instead of going out with a specific goal in mind.