Military Pentathlon

The Military Penthatlon is a military sport in the Conseil International du Sport Militaire (CISM).
The modern pentathlon was originally designed to include the ideal skills of a soldier of the time. By the Second World War, some of those skills
(fencing and horse riding) were irrelevant to the modern soldier.
In 1946 a French officer, Captain Henri Debrus (later promoted Colonel and President of the Conseil International du Sport Militaire (CISM)) conceived
the idea of organising a sports competition reserved exclusively for the army. It was during discussions held at Frankfurt am Main which led to the setting
up of the Allied Forces Sports Council, that his attention was drawn to an original military physical training technique used, at that time, by the Netherlands
airborne units. After being dropped over a given zone, parachutists had to travel a distance of twenty kilometres from the dropping point, crossing over a number
of obstacles and performing combat operations (small arms fire and grenade throwing).
Captain Debrus took the Dutch method as a guide, eliminated the parachute jump and modified the other tests in order to form a system, which he thought,
would constitute an ideal way of ground training. A first trial competition organised by himself was held at the Military Physical Training Centre, at Freiburg,
in the French occupation zone in Germany, in August 1947. Only Belgian, Dutch, and French teams took part in the competition.

Since 1950 annual world championships have been held. The sport has grown in popularity, and now over 30 countries participate. The sport’s governing body, the CISM,
now also organise pentathlons aimed at naval and air force personnel. Disciplines are:
Shooting: At a distance of 200 metres, competitors are tested separately for precision (10 shots in 10 minutes) and rapid-fire (10 shots in one minute) shooting.
Obstacle running: Competitors navigate a 500 meter obstacle course with 20 obstacles.
Obstacle swimming: Competitors must swim a distance of 50 meters, including four obstacles.
Throwing: Competitors are tested separately for precision and distance throwing. In the precision test, competitors throw 16 projectiles (inactive grenades) at targets
on the ground at varying distances.
Cross country running: Competitors undertake an 8 km cross country run.

CISM Sports Committee Military Pentathlon

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The rules of Military Pentathlon can be found here