The Annual Warrior Competition was launched in May 2009 at the King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center, KASOTC, Amman, Jordan. The Warrior Competition was designed to demonstrate the skills being taught at KASOTC and to bring attention to KASOTC as an international center of excellence for counter-terrorism training.
Each year, the Jordanian Armed Forces, JAF, invites Jordanian and international teams, from Special Operations Forces and Law Enforcement Units, to participate in the Warrior Competition and compete in a series of challenging events designed to test their skills and endurance. Participants in the Warrior Competition are given the unique opportunity of training and networking at one of the most advanced combat-training facilities in the world.
At the tactical level, the Warrior Competition builds ‘esprit de corps’ among Jordanian and international forces partnered against terrorism, and facilitates the exchange of; best practices, technology and hardware. The Competition also provides a yardstick for unit performance, and exposes strengths, and/or potential weaknesses, in both unit and individual skill sets.
Competition events are modified every year, however the King’s Challenge event is the Competition’s signature event and is held annually. Due to international recognition, and media attention, the Warrior Competition currently sees an average of 30-40 local, regional and international teams participating. Countries that have so far participated and competed in the Warrior Competition include the following: Afghanistan, Algeria, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Brunei, Canada, China, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, Netherlands, Pakistan, Palestine, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Tanzania, United Arab Emirates, United States, Uganda, and Qatar.
Key benefits of participating at the Warrior Competition include the:
- Opportunity to train/visit one of the most advanced counter-terrorism training facilities in the world
- Opportunity to exchange knowledge on key and best practices
- Opportunity to network with peers from elite forces from all around the world
- Opportunity to test new equipment
- Opportunity to engage in challenging combat-oriented events with peers and determine strengths and potential weaknesses
- Opportunity to exhibit and showcase new developments in equipment and services
- Opportunity to test new equipment on KASOTC’s ranges
- Opportunity to receive valuable and immediate feedback on equipment and services from key end-users
- Opportunity to receive local, regional, and international media attention and exposure
- Opportunity to consecutively exhibit at the renowned bi-annual SOFEX Jordan