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Title: Brief to Nordic Team Captains

Brief to Nordic Team Captains
  • Col A M Thurgood
  • Vice Chairman Combined Services and Army Nordic
  • Director Ex RUCKSACK
  • All References are available via the Defence

British Armed Forces Nordic Ski Committee (BANSC)
  • Chairman Brig Neil Marshall
  • Navy and RAF representation
  • Responsible for the policy, management and
    continuing development of Biathlon, Cross-Country
    skiing and the Military Patrol race in the Armed
    Forces, under the guidance of the Chairman Army
    and Combined Services Nordic in coordination with
    the other Single Service Winter Sports
  • Biathlon Shooting and Training Policy
  • Biathlon Training Courses
  • Biathlon Weapon Policy
  • AWSA Nordic Rules

Army Winter Sport Activity (WSA) Instruction
  • 2014DIN07-092
  • Overarching Instruction for all Winter Activity.
    Diplomatic Clearance, Staff Clearance, Transit
    Clearance, Funding, Health Safety, injury,
    compassionate and casualty procedures

Status of Sports in the Services
  • 2014DIN01-099
  • Nordic Skiing at Divisional, Corps and Army is
    Individual Training not sport or AT

Safety in Military Training and Exercises
  • JSP 375 Volume 2 Leaflet 11
  • All Nordic activity is conducted in accordance
    with JSP 375, as any other Individual Training

  • LAND Forces Standing Order 2007 (4th Revise)
    dated Jun 11. Paras 2.7.076 to 2.7.082. (5th
    revise to be issued)
  • The security regulations in paras 2.7.076
    2.7.082 apply to all Army personnel involved in
    organised Biathlon (skiing and .22 rim-fire rifle
    shooting) training and events, regardless of
    whether the weapons are issued or privately/unit
    owned and regardless of duty status

Security and Administration of Biathlon Rifles (1)
  • 2014DIN07-135
  • Direction for the storage, issue, transport,
    security and return of the 2 weapon systems. A
    2 Security Risk Estimate (SRE) covers their use
    and it incorporates 5th Revise of LFSO 2007 (not
    yet issued)
  • When not guarded, Anschutz rifles, bolts and
    ammunition are to be stored and locked
    separately. Up to 12 rifles and 10,000 rounds of
    ammunition may be transported in a single
    vehicle. Teams are to bring locking boxes for
    ammunition and bolts and locking cases or chains
    for rifles. This is a different security
    procedure to that of the .22 converted SA80 A2
  • DSG will supply an armourer, spares pack and STTE
  • Anschutz rifles are to be returned to DSG (UIN

Security and Administration of Biathlon Rifles (2)
  • Team Captains are responsible for bringing 4 x
    SA80 A2 rifles fitted with iron sights and the A2
    modified .22 conversion kits to Ex SPARTAN HIKE,
    PIPEDOWN, RUCKSACK. 5.56mm working parts are to
    be left at Unit Armouries. Fitted and matched by
    Unit armourer
  • For SA80 A2 rifles there will be centrally
    guarded storage facilities at Ex SPARTAN HIKE,
    PIPEDOWN, RUCKSACK and SKI RLC. All SA80 A2 will
    be placed into storage at Unit registration
  • When issued from centrally guarded storage
    (including transit from Unit locations) weapons
    are to be guarded at all times under the control
    of Team Captains
  • Units considering the use of .22 converted SA80
    A2 on other training events must staff an
    additional 2 SRE through their own Chain of
  • Rifle conversion kits are to be returned to DSG
    (UIN CA060G)

Army Nordic Biathlon Shooting Training Policy
  • AGAI Vol 1 Chap 13
  • The rules for the conduct of biathlon are
    published in the AWSA Nordic Ski Competition
    Rules which follow the International Biathlon
    Union (IBU) Event and Competition Rules
  • All Army Biathlon training is to adhere to the
    Safe System of Training (JSP 375 Volume 2 Leaflet
  • The Army Biathlon Shooting Training Policy
    applies to all training and competition shooting
    on ranges using a biathlon rifle in biathlon
    events and the Military Patrol Race. It does not
    apply to the use of the SA80, with a .22"
    Conversion Kit, in the Military Patrol Race. It
    also does not apply to the use of a biathlon
    rifle on MOD Ranges, for which the authority is
    the Range Standing Orders
  • Biathlon Shooting Training Policy details the
    minimum training requirement for safe and
    effective biathlon weapon handling and shooting

Biathlon Rifle Training
  • 2014DIN07-146
  • It is a Unit responsibility to train rifle users
    in accordance with the direction in this DIN
  • AGAI Vol 1, Chapter 13 Army Nordic Biathlon
    Shooting Training Policy
  • Non Service Pattern Light Weapons Handbook Fourth
    Edition 2014
  • Pamphlet No 21. Training Regulations for
    Armoured Fighting Vehicles, Infantry Weapon
    Systems and Pyrotechnics - 2014
  • Training to be delivered by an AASAA Instr and
    Biathlon SME
  • CO to ensure training is delivered and recorded

Nordic Rules
  • AWSA Nordic Race Rules 2015
  • Qualification criteria for Ex RUCKSACK
  • Annex C 22 male teams. Top 6 from PD and SH,
    next best 7 from both, 2 Wild Cards (one from
    each Ex) and one final Wild Card which Chairman
    Nordic controls
  • Annex C approx 25 Army women will be selected
    based on individual performance and formed into
    Corps Teams
  • Only unit teams with the correct Military Patrol
    Race rank structure (see Para 5.5) will be
    qualified to compete at the Army Championships.
    Ex Director will send a team home if necessary
    but you deny the next team on the list, who did
    meet the rules, the opportunity to compete.

Regional Competitions
  • 2014DIN07-114
  • Ex SPARTAN HIKE Instruction
  • 2014DIN07-125
  • Ex PIPEDOWN Instruction

  • 2014DIN07-118
  • Competitors arrive 21 Jan 15. Accn will not be
    available before this date
  • Competitors depart 6 Feb 15
  • On arrival, all Team Captains are to
  • Check Team Registration details
  • Provide proof of insurance cover
  • Complete initial race entry forms to be handed
    in at 1000 hrs Thu 22 Jan 15
  • Collect a Team Information Pack
  • Receive accommodation details
  • Sign a weapon security certificate
  • Hand in trophies from previous year (engraved)
  • A standard, non-refundable entry fee of 250
    (reduced from 300) will be charged for each team
    (max 6 athletes). Individual competitors and
    those over the squad of 6, will pay 10 per race
  • Teams and individuals are to provide their own
  • Accn for unqualified athletes charged direct to
    Team Captains who can reclaim via Unit Travel
    Budget (subject to BUDMAN)

Ex RUCKSACK Medical Instruction
  • 2014DIN07-129
  • Medical and physiotherapy available
  • The Bergwacht will provide emergency medical
  • All personnel are to carry F Med 965 on which
    interactions will be recorded. This is to be
    updated by unit medical staff prior to
    deployment. All personnel are to have a JMES
    grading MFD, or with an appropriate Appx 9 and
    Appx 26 Medical Risk Assessment (MRA). If a
    competitor is not MFD then it is the Team
    Captains responsibility to ensure that the
    members of the team are competing within the
    parameters of their Appx 9 and Appx 26 MRA
  • All competitors who have suffered from previous
    NFCIs are to make the medical team aware at
  • Personnel on long term prescription medication
    are to ensure that sufficient supplies are taken
    for the season