In Australia the bayonet course brings Marines back to basics.

Australian Army Maj. Gen. Peter Morrison (right), commanding general, Forces…

Australian Army Maj. Gen. Peter Morrison (right), commanding general, Forces Command, orders a bayonet charge May 15 during the 2011 Australian Army Skill at Arms Meeting (AASAM). The charge was carried out by Marines with Marine Shooting Detachment Australia, New Zealand Army soldiers and Australian Army soldiers. AASAM is an annual, international combat-marksmanship competition hosted by the Australian Army that ran through May 19. Photo Credit: Lance Cpl. Mark W. Stroud/USMC.

Sometimes it takes an international competition focused on military skills to include a course dedicated to the venerable bayonet.

The simple piece of steel adorning the muzzle of rifles has changed little since it’s advent with muzzle-loaded firearms centuries ago; so it was fitting that the event dedicated to its use was simple and to the point.

U.S. Marines with Marine Shooting Detachment Australia, Australian Army soldiers and New Zealand Army soldiers executed a bayonet course here May 15 under the watchful eye of Australian Army Maj. Gen. David Morrison, commanding general, Forces Command.

The bayonet course was one of more than 100 events held during the Australian Army Skill at Arms Meeting 2011 (AASAM), an annual, international meeting dedicated to combat marksmanship.

“The bayonet course had you sprint up and stab the target and shoot five rounds at the 100 meter line within 20 seconds, and then advance to the 50 (meter line) to shoot five more rounds,” said Sgt. Brandan Jansan, competitor, Combat Shooting Team, Weapons Training Battalion, Marine Corps Base Quantico.

Source: Lance Cpl. Mark Stroud/Marine Forces Pacific for Inside Nova.

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