ASEAN Armies Rifle Meet

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ASEAN Armies Rifle Meet
ASEAN Armies Rifle Meet logo
Status Active
Genre Military shooting competition
Frequency Annual
Location(s) Rotates among host member states of ASEAN
Years active 1991 - present
Founded 1991
Founder Malaysian Army
Most recent AARM 2017 (Singapore)
6 November 2017 - 24 November 2017
Previous event AARM 2016 (Philippines)
28 November 2016 - 7 December 2016
Next event AARM 2018 (Malaysia)
Organized by Association of Southeast Asian Nations

The ASEAN Armies Rifle Meet (AARM) is an annual rifle, pistol and machine gun competition between the armies of the member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Its aim is to foster friendly competition and goodwill between the members' armies, and to give its officers and men the opportunity for professional interaction and to strengthen their social bonds and camaraderie.[1]


The ASEAN Armies Rifle Meet was the brainchild of a Commander-in-Chief of the Malaysian Army, who envisioned the participation of ASEAN armies in a joint military activity.[2] The inaugural AARM was hosted by Malaysia in 1991[1] and included Brunei, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand as inaugural competitors.[3] Malaysia took the first team championship crown that year.

The 2000 AARM was the first event wherein all ten ASEAN member countries participated, coinciding with the inaugural ASEAN Chiefs of Army Multilateral Meeting (ACAMM). The inaugural ASEAN Army Sergeant Majors Annual Meeting (ASMAM) was held 2011. All three meetings have been regular annual events since then.[3]


The AARM consists of five main match disciplines: rifle, carbine, men's pistol, ladies' pistol, and machine gun.[4] Each discipline consists of an individual and a team match. The top three in each match are awarded gold, silver and bronze medals. The trophy categories include overall individual champion for each discipline, overall team champion for each discipline, and overall champion in the "falling plate" event for each discipline.[3]

List of champion states

Indonesia has won the most number of championships since the AARM began in 1991; the Indonesian Army has 12 championships on record, followed by the Royal Thai Army with eight. Malaysia and Singapore have both won three times, while the Philippines was champion once, in 2005.[5] Brunei, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos have yet to win a championship.[2]

Year Host Champion
1 1991 Malaysia Malaysia Malaysia Malaysia
2 1992 Indonesia Indonesia Indonesia Indonesia
3 1993 Brunei Brunei Malaysia Malaysia
4 1994 Thailand Thailand Thailand Thailand
5 1995 Philippines Philippines Singapore Singapore
6 1996 Singapore Singapore Singapore Singapore
7 1997 Malaysia Malaysia Malaysia Malaysia
8 1998 Indonesia Indonesia Thailand Thailand
9 1999 Brunei Brunei Thailand Thailand
10 2000 Thailand Thailand Thailand Thailand
11 2001 Philippines Philippines Thailand Thailand
12 2002 Singapore Singapore Singapore Singapore
13 2003 Malaysia Malaysia Thailand Thailand
14 2004 Indonesia Indonesia Indonesia Indonesia
15 2005 Brunei Brunei Philippines Philippines
16 2006 Vietnam Vietnam Indonesia Indonesia
17 2007 Thailand Thailand Thailand Thailand
18 2008 Philippines Philippines Indonesia Indonesia
19 2009 Singapore Singapore Indonesia Indonesia
20 2010 Malaysia Malaysia Indonesia Indonesia
21 2011 Indonesia Indonesia Indonesia Indonesia
22 2012 Brunei Brunei Indonesia Indonesia
23 2013 Myanmar Myanmar Indonesia Indonesia
24 2014 Vietnam Vietnam Indonesia Indonesia
25 2015 Thailand Thailand Thailand Thailand[6]
26 2016 Philippines Philippines Indonesia Indonesia[5]
27 2017 Singapore Singapore Indonesia Indonesia[7]
28 2018 Malaysia Malaysia TBA

See also

External links

  • ASEAN Armies Rifle Meet 2015 (Thailand) Official website


  1. ^ a b Singapore Ministry of Defence (18 October 1996). "SAF Tops Sixth ASEAN Armies Rifle Meet". Retrieved 23 May 2017.
  2. ^ a b Royal Thai Army (24 March 2015). "Background of ASEAN Armies Rifle Meet". Retrieved 24 May 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Ang, Geraldine (13 November 2017). "Fact Sheet: ASEAN Armies Rifle Meet" (PDF). Singapore Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  4. ^ Gines, Erika Mariel (8 December 2016). "26th Asean Armies Rifle Meet concludes in Pampanga". SunStar Philippines. Retrieved 23 May 2017.
  5. ^ a b Fonbuena, Carmela (11 December 2016). "Indonesia proves it has best shooters among ASEAN armies". Rappler. Retrieved 23 May 2017.
  6. ^ "ASEAN Armies Rifle Meet concludes". Voice of Vietnam. 26 November 2016. Retrieved 24 May 2017.
  7. ^ Aw, Cheng Wei (22 November 2017). "Asean armies shoot for trophies - and closer defence ties - at annual rifle competition". The Straits Times. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
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