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. After the second world war, Captain Henri Debrus, devised a new sport based on Dutch paratroop training. This new military pentathlon consisted of events more appropriate to the experience of a modern soldier.
The first competition was held in 1947 in the French occupied zone in Germany. Only Belgian, French and Dutch teams competed. 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 (http://www.cism-milsport.org/) now also organise pentathlons aimed at Naval and Air Force personnel.
Events of the Military Pentathlon
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 metre obstacle course with 20 obstacles.
Obstacle swimming. Competitors must swim a distance of 50 metres, including 4 obstacles
Throwing. Competitors are tested separately for accuracy, and distance throwing. In the accuracy test, competitors throw (inactive) grenades at targets on the ground at varying distances.
It's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope...and that enables you to laugh at all MilitaryPentathlon When you have to kill a man, it costs nothing to be polite.
- Friedrich Nietzsche MilitaryPentathlon Never regard study as a duty, but as the enviable opportunity to learn to know the liberating influence of beauty in the realm of the spirit for your own personal joy and to the profit of the commun It is absurd to divide people into good or bad.
-- George Bernard Shaw MilitaryPentathlon The fantasy which serves as a support for the figure of the Stalinist Communist is therefore exactly the same as the fantasy which is at work in the Tom and Jerry cartoons.
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