ONLINE FORMS / RULES / REFERENCE DOCUMENTS
The rules for EX 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.
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
The aim of EX 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.
ARRIVAL / REGISTRATION
MOVEMENT AND TRANSPORT
EQUIPMENT - Including Biathlon weapons and ammunition
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