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11th Annual Warrior Competition Commences At KASOTC

A Jordanian SpecOps HALO jumper opens the 2018 WARRIOR COMPETITION in Jordan [©BM]

The 11th Annual Warrior Competition has today commenced at KASOTC (King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center) in Amman in Jordan.

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Over the next seven days a total of 37 teams of Military and Law Enforcement Special Forces and Special Operations personnel from 24 countries will compete against each other on the superb live-fire training buildings and shooting ranges at what many consider to be the best SpecOps urban training complex in the world.

Aerial view of a small part of the urban training complex at KASOTC [©KASOTC]

Regrettably JOINT-FORCES cannot be at WARRIOR COMPETITION this year, as we simply could not fit the ten days necessary to cover this event fully into our crammed schedule, but our best wishes go to both the competitors and the organisers (from KASOTC and GovSource). Hopefully (insha’Allah) we will be back in 2020, as this amazing event is unquestionably one of our favourites and everyone we meet in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan – from locals in the capital city to SpecOps professionals at KASOTC – makes us feel most welcome.

Portuguese CompOEsp assaulters prepare to enter the CQB building in 2018 [©BM]

Each year the seven individual events leading up to the King’s Challenge finale (in which usually only the teams at the top of the leader board are allowed to enter) vary, to prevent previous competitors second guessing the stages and training accordingly, and the numerous excellent training facilities at KASOTC make it easy for the organisers to come up with surprises for even the most experienced SpecOps and SF operators. In addition to a number of pistol, rifle and sniper ranges, specialist Method Of Entry and Close Quarter Battle buildings and a Commando Tower, the massive complex built in a stone quarry even has an airport control tower and an A300 Airbus which can be used to present different challenges to the five-strong teams (selected from a pool of seven) which comprise four assaulters and a sniper.

Countries and teams on the start list this year are:-

  • Bahrain ~ Royal Special Forces
  • Belarus ~ Special Operations Forces
  • Brunei ~ Rejimen Pasukan Khas – Team 1
  • Brunei ~ Rejimen Pasukan Khas – Team 2
  • Bulgaria ~ 68th Special Forces Brigade
  • Czechia ~ 102nd Reconnaissance Battalion
  • India ~ NSG
  • Iraq ~ CTS
  • Jordan ~ QRF
  • Jordan ~ Gendarmerie
  • Jordan~ GID
  • Jordan ~ Royal Guards
  • Jordan ~ Special Unit 2 (71st)
  • Kenya ~ Special Forces
  • Kenya ~ MOI Counter Terrorism
  • Kosovo ~ Kosovo Police
  • Kuwait ~ National Guard
  • Kuwait ~ Commandos 25
  • Kuwait ~ MOI Special Forces
  • Lebanon ~ Armed Forces Team 1
  • Lebanon ~ Armed Forces – Team 2
  • Lebanon ~ QRF Team
  • Macedonia ~ Special Task Unit Tiger
  • Nigeria ~ Special Operations Forces
  • Oman ~ Royal Oman Police
  • Qatar ~ SOF Team 1
  • Qatar ~ SOF Team 2
  • Ukraine ~ Ministry of Justice
  • Saudi Arabia ~ Navy Forces Team
  • Saudi Arabia ~ Special Police Unit Team 1
  • Saudi Arabia ~ Special Police Unit Team 2
  • Senegal ~ Senegal Police Forces
  • Slovakia ~ 5th Special Forces Regiment
  • Sri Lanka ~ Ministry of Defence
  • Sudan ~ Ministry of Interior
  • Tunisia ~ MOI Police
  • USA ~ Tulsa Police Dept. SOT

No Chinese teams are taking part in 2019, Poland’s Żandarmeria Wojskowa was due to participate but has been withdrawn, no American military teams have entered (though as usual a US Police SWAT/SOT is competing) and Lebanon’s incredible Black Panthers (twice overall winners, in 2016 and 2018) are not listed. All photographs of WARRIOR COMPETITION participants on this page are from 8th AWC in 2016 or 10th AWC in 2018.

[ images © Bob Morrison unless noted ]

Each year a US Law Enforcement team participates – in 2018 Stanislaus County Sheriffs SWAT, seen here evacuating a casualty during the King’s Challenge, took third place overall [©BM]
Greece’s EKAM assault the Method Of Entry building in 2016 – their task was to breach and climb to the roof before engaging targets on the range behind [©BM]
A sniper from Sweden’s PIKETEN engages a target on the longest range at KASOTC in 2018 [©BM]
A member of the GovSource team supervises a contestant on one of several outdoor rifle and pistol ranges in the KASOTC quarry complex in 2018 [©BM]
The terrain at KASOTC is challenging and even includes water obstacles – these operators are taking part in the final King’s Challenge event in 2018 [©BM]
Jordanian Special Forces assaulting the Airbus at KASOTC in 2018 [©BM]
Lebanon’s elite Black Panthers took 1st Place at the 10th Annual WARRIOR COMPETITION [© BM]
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