Background of AARM (ASEAN Armies Rifle Meet)

AARM firstly hosted by Malaysia Army in 1991 according to the vision of the Commander in Chief of Malaysia’s Army who suggested Commanders in Chief of ASEAN member countries that their armies should participated in a military activity together. AARM, therefore, was the conclusion with agreement as following:

1. Shooters from each member country participated in 2 competitions of AARM (Rifle and pistol) with their own weapons. Malaysia organized the 1st AARM.

2. The next host was arranged as the order as following

2.1 Malaysia                     AARM 1991

2.2 Indonesia                   AARM 1992

2.3 Brunei Darussalam       AARM 1993

2.4 Thailand                     AARM 1994

2.5 Philippines                 AARM 1995

2.6 Singapore                   AARM 1996

Note: There were 6 ASEAN member countries at that time so that was AARM first round.

3. The host of AARM has to specify disciplines of the AARM competitions and organized the meeting over such disciplines including be responsible of accommodations, 3 daily meals, facilitators, weapons and amnunitions. In AARM 1997 which was the starting of 2nd round, there was a discussion among 6 ASEAN member countries. It concluded that they should have neutral rules and regulations with international standard in AARM. As a result, each member has to create competitions of each weapon before considering the correctness and appropriateness for finalizing the AARM rules and regulations that we have taken until now. The AARM 2nd round host was as following:

3.1 Malaysia                   AARM 1997

3.2 Indonesia                 AARM 1998

3.3 Brunei Darussalam     AARM 1999

3.4 Thailand                   AARM 2000

3.5 Philippines               AARM 2001

3.6 Singapore                 AARM 2002

Note: In AARM 2000 which was hosted by Royal Thai Army, there was some intuitiveness:

1. 10 ASEAN member countries participated in AARM.

2. Royal Thai Army firstly proposed ACAMM (ASEAN Chief of Armies Multilateral Meeting) since that every member which has been AARM host, at the same time, has organized ACAMM.

AARM 2003 was the start of 3rd round of AARM. The host was as follow:

3.1 Malaysia                   AARM 2003

3.2 Indonesia                 AARM 2004

3.3 Brunei Darussalam     AARM 2005

3.4 Vietnam                  AARM 2006

3.5 Thailand                   AARM 2007

3.6 Philippines               AARM 2008

3.7 Singapore                 AARM 2009

Note: In 3rd round of AARM, Vietnam was the new ASEAN member who asked to be the host of AARM 2006.

4th round of AARM was in 2010, its host was as following:

1. Malaysia                       AARM 2010

2. Indonesia                     AARM 2011

3. Brunei Darussalam         AARM 2012

4. Myanmar                     AARM 2013

5. Vietnam                      AARM 2014

6. Thailand                       AARM 2015 latest

Since AARM in 1991 to AARM 1999, there was not ACAMM until in 2000, Thailand hosted 10th AARM and 1st ACAMM. After that, we organized AARM at the same time of ACAMM every year until nowadays. In 2011, Indonesian Army hosted 21st AARM and created another meeting which was 1st ASMAM (1st ASEAN Sergeant Major Annual Meeting). Its objective was giving opportunity for noncommissioned officers of ASEAN armies to know one another and exchange experiences among them. The 3 military activities have been so useful for ASEAN armies.

Army Tactical Shooting Team and staff

1. Pistol (Ladies)       5 shooters, 4 matches

2. Pistol (Men)       5 shooters, 5 matches

3. Carbine             5 shooters, 5 matches

4. Rifle                 10 shooters, 5 matches

5. Machine Gun     6 shooters, 3 matches

Shooters in total   31 shooters, 22 matches

Staff                     24 staff  

Team in total         55 people

AARM 2015 is 25th time and the 4th time that Royal Thai Army has been the host. Among 4 new ASEAN member countries which are Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia, there are only 2 countries which get honor to be AARM host (Vietnam for AARM 13th in 2006 and Myanmar in 2013), while the other is not ready. However, we hope 2 other countries will get such honor soon according to the AARM objective which was specified in 1991 that armies of ASEAN member countries should have an opportunity to be AARM host.

AARM Competitions Rewards

3 types of AARM Rewards

- Individual match

- Team match

- Team Falling Plates match

Classify as follow:

1. Individual match                 5 rewards     1 reward per weapon (trophy)

2. Team match                       5 rewards     1 reward per weapon (trophy)

3. Team Falling Plates match   5 rewards     1 reward per weapon (trophy)

Total     15 rewards

Championship Statistics since AARM 1991 to AARM 2014

Number

Year

Host

Winner

1

1991

Malaysia

Malaysia

2

1992

Indonesia

Indonesia

3

1993

Brunei Darussalam

Malaysia

4

1994

Thailand

Thailand

5

1995

Philippines

Singapore

6

1996

Singapore

Singapore

7

1997

Malaysia

Malaysia

8

1998

Indonesia

Thailand

9

1999

Brunei Darussalam

Thailand

10

2000

Thailand

Thailand

11

2001

Philippines

Thailand

12

2002

Singapore

Singapore

13

2003

Malaysia

Thailand

14

2004

Indonesia

Indonesia

15

2005

Brunei Darussalam

Philippines

16

2006

Vietnam

Indonesia

17

2007

Thailand

Thailand

18

2008

Philippines

Indonesia

19

2009

Singapore

Indonesia

20

2010

Malaysia

Indonesia

21

2011

Indonesia

Indonesia

22

2012

Brunei Darussalam

Indonesia

23

2013

Myanmar

Indonesia

24

2014

Vietnam

Indonesia

Summary: Indonesia won 10 times (1992/2004/2006/2008-2014)

                Royal Thai Army won 7 times (1994/1998-2001/2003/2007)

               Malaysia won 3 times (1991/1993/1997)

               Singapore won 3 times (1995/1996/2002)

               Philippines won 1 time (2005)

               Brunei Darussalam/Vietnam/Cambodia/Laos  won 0 time

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