PLEASE NOTE – the 2017 Army European Winter Activity instruction is absolutely essential direction for all those planning unit winter sports team deployments, covering authorities, clearances, eligibility to Public funding and sources of non-Public funding.

All Sports

2017DIN07-092: Army European Winter Activity Instruction
2017DIN07-077: Army Alpine and Nordic Exercises 2018.
2013DIN01-083:  Status of Sports in the Services.
2013DIN01-007:  Insurance for Adventurous Training Activities.
2013DIN01-106:  Winter Sports Travel.
2011DIN07-018:  Sport Activities Designated as Army Individual or Adventurous Training.
JSP 752:  Tri Service Regulations for Allowances.
JSP 419:  Joint Services Adventurous Training Scheme.
JSP 375 Volume 2 Leaflet 11:  Safety in Military Training and Exercises.
AGAI Volume 1 Chapter 11: Adventurous Training.
AGAI Volume 1 Chapter 13:  Army Biathlon Shooting Policy.

Reminder on the Use of Military Vehicles

Event organisers are to note that Service Regulations apply at all times to service transport, including vehicles that are hired at public expense. Unless there is a specific exemption, civilians (including spouses of military VIPs) are not permitted to travel in military transport. This will have implications for event organisers, especially with respect to how visitors are looked after. Check out JSP 800 for details.

URGENT – Any teams wishing to transit through ITALY this season with WEAPONS.

100_1885Please use this amended form to request diplomatic clearance for transit through Italy with weapons and ammunition as Appendix 5 from the 2015DIN07-122-Army-European-Winter-Activity-Instruction is not acceptable to the Italian Authorities (for their non-English-speaking clerks it is hard to understand).

This is only for teams carrying weapons; we do not have to inform the Italian Authorities of teams transiting Italy without weapons and ammunition, so any submissions already made on the old Appendix 5 will not have to be resubmitted.

Once you have completed the form it needs to be sent to the Rome Defence Section by email at least 20 days before arrival in Italy (email on form).


Army Alpine Rules 2017

Army Alpine Directive – 2016
Enc 1 to BAASD 16
General Risk Assessment Alpine Ski Racing


Army Snowboarding Association Rules 2016

(To Supplement the FIS International Competition Rules)

The Army Snowboard Association (ASBA) Rules are issued to clarify or expand upon the FIS International Snowboard Competition (ICR) Rules. Both the FIS ICR and the ASBA Rules will be followed by the organisers and competitors at an Army Snowboard Competition. These rules will be reviewed annually and also when the FIS ICR is revised.




Army Telemark Rules
A Guide to the Telemark Racer
FIS Telemark Rules (opens new page)


AGAI for Biathlon Shooting Policy

2016 AWSA Nordic Competition Rules

1. The AWSA Army Ski Competition Rule Book is published in 2 disciplines – Alpine and Nordic. The Nordic ski disciplines covered include Biathlon, Cross Country (XC) and the Military Patrol Race.

2. AWSA Nordic Ski Competition Rules are based on, and do not repeat:

3. These rules are to be read and followed by all competitors. The full IBU / FIS rules have been modified principally to ensure that the ethos of Army ski racing remains based on team events, notably in Section 2 (Draw, Seeding and Assignment of Start Numbers). When National competitions are hosted by the AWSA at Army Championships, they are conducted under the appropriate IBU or FIS Rules.

4. The AWSA Management Committee has delegated ratification of the AWSA Nordic Ski Competition Rules to Chairman Army Nordic, who acts with the advice of the British Armed Forces Nordic Ski Committee (BANSC). The Nordic Competition Rules will be formally reviewed and promulgated annually. Proposed amendments should be sent to: nordic@awsa.org.uk.

5. This Rule Book ‘sets the standard’ for the Army and Regional Championships and is the goal of all Corps Championships. Due to the reduced infrastructure and resources available at Corps and even Regional Championships these standards may have to be relaxed; the competition procedures and conduct of competitions should be as close to these Rules as possible. Safety, both personal and weapon, must never be compromised. Athletes and officials are to be thoroughly briefed when local conditions dictate that Rules are to be amended or that a lower standard is necessary. The Chairman BANSC reserves the right to take into account any lowering of standards at Regional Championships when qualifying teams and individuals for the Army Championships.

6. The distribution of these rules is through the AWSA web-site: www.awsa.org.uk. This 2016 edition is effective from 1 November 2015. It completely replaces all previous editions and amendments of the AWSA Nordic Rule Book, which should be destroyed.


    • Section 3. Significantly revised and reduced, refer directly to IBU or FIS rules.
    • Rule 1.10. The UKAF Competition.
    • Rule 1.12. “Novice Exemption” for officers attending RMAS ski touring exercises removed.
    • Rule 4.15.1 & 4.16.10. Skating in a classic race.
    • Rule Patrol race composition for Reserve Units.
    • Rule 5.13.2. SA80A2 with iron sights (no bipods), HK .22” conversion kit and removable muzzle cover. The rifle must be attached to the outside of the rucksack.
    • Rule 5.13.3. An empty 5.56mm blank firing attachment magazine (yellow).
    • Rule 5.14. Patrol Race Safety Equipment: A mobile phone, standard First Aid Kit and service issue bivvy bag (not a survival bag or blanket). Without which the patrol will not be allowed to start.
  • Rule 5.38. Unused ammunition must be handed to the FPO before leaving the firing point. Any ammunition found in magazines or equipment at the In-Inspection is a DSQ.
  • Rule 5.40. Command task.
  • Annex B. The Women’s Biathlon Relay is now 4 x 6 km (not 3 x 6 km).