Guwahati, May 15, 2019:

The fifth Army International Scout Masters Competition 2019 is being held in the culturally rich Golden city of Jaisalmer in Rajasthan, nestled in the Great Indian Thar Desert.

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The competition is scheduled to be held from 24 July to 17 August 2019 as part of International Army Games 2019. The competition is spread over two parts, that is, Preparatory Part and Competitive Part.

A total of eight countries will be participating which includes The Russian Federation, Republic of Kazakhstan, Republic of Uzbekistan, Republic of Zimbabwe, Republic of Armenia, Republic of Belarus, People’s Republic of China and The Republic of India.

The competition is being held in India for the first time under the aegis of the Indian Army and is being organized by the Konark Corps at Jaisalmer Military Station from 24 July to 17 August 2019. The representatives of the team are presently stationed at Jaisalmer for recce from 14 to 17 May 2019.

Role of Scout: The role of Scout is to operate as one of the lead personnel in an operational area to gather information of the enemy by vehicle mounted or dismounted reconnaissance patrols.

The Army Scouts track as well as report movement behind enemy lines, assist in the disruption of the enemy mechanized move by using anti armour weapons, laying ambushes deep inside enemy territory and direct employment of various weapon systems.

Their specialized skills enable them to assist with observation and listening posts, perform and help with navigation and help securing launch pads. They are trained to carry out silent battle reconnaissance after establishing contact and reconnaissance of crossing places over obstacles. Scouts are professionally trained to find out the strength and dispositions of the enemy, gaps in enemy defenses and enemy’s likely reactions. They are also referred to as “Eyes and Ears” of the Army.

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