Field

See the following pages for further details on individual competitions:

Entry Forms

Entry forms for the field competitions can be found here.

Competition Areas

Units will be advised of the reporting area for all competitions (solo and field) on the day.

General Conditions of Entry to Field Competitions

There will be two main categories of drill competitions:

  • Open Competitions
  • Boys Only Competitions

Note:

  • All Squadrons may take part in the Open Competition.
  • Boys Squadrons and those with a sufficient number of males may take part in the Boys Only Competition.
  • A squadron partaking in one competition cannot take part in the other.
  • Exceptions:

 

Squadrons Combining To Compete

Squadrons can combine in most competitions where they do not have enough numbers to compete in their own right.  The only competition where squadrons cannot combine is Squadron Section Drill.  Squadrons who need to combine for section drill compete in Wing Section Drill.

Age Limits

The following age restrictions apply for competitions:

Members competing as NCOs or cadets must be under the age of 18 as at 23 September 2018.

Members 18 and over and under 19 as at 23 September 2018 may compete provided they are carrying the rank of Warrant Officer only and wearing cadet/NCO uniform with Warrant Officer epaulettes.

Members 19 years or older as at 23 September 2018 cannot compete. Exceptions apply for Officer Section Drill, and Band Drill competitions.

The allowance of Warrant Officers aged 18 to compete is to provide these members who have recently turned 18 to still take part in competitions.  It is expected that units will still compete in the best possible spirit and not attempt to take advantage of these provisions unduly.

Uniform Requirements

Members competing in field competitions must be wearing full and correct Australian Air League uniform.

Membership Requirements

All members competing in field competitions must be current financial members of the Australian Air League.  Members competing must have membership cards or proof of current membership (eg copy of receipt of joining fee).

Entry to Competitions

Squadrons wishing to enter field competitions must do so by completing the Field Competitions Entry Form (Form A) and forward to their Group Field Commissioner/Officer by Sunday 26 August 2018.

Group Field Commissioners/Officers will check and forward the relevant correct entry forms to the Federal Field Commissioner on or before Sunday 2 September 2018.

Entry to Competition Areas

No Officer or NCO other than those in charge of or participating in the competing unit is allowed onto the competition area during the competitions without prior consent of competition staff or in an emergency.  Squadron OCs are also to ensure that no other members (including parents, family and others associated with their squadron) are allowed onto the competition area.  This includes people taking photos/video of competing units on the competition area without prior authorisation.  Failure to do so may result in disqualification.

Communication with Judges

Only competition staff may communicate with judges.  Units whose members and associates who do not adhere to this requirement are liable for disqualification.

Protests and Disqualifications

All protests must be lodged in writing with the Review Marshal within one hour of the completion of the concerned unit’s competition.  No protest will be accepted after this time limit.

Should a dispute arise over any decision, it will be referred to the Chief Marshal whose decision shall be FINAL.

Any Unit found cheating or being in any other way dishonest may find they are disqualified from ALL competitions.  Dishonest behaviour includes, but is not limited to, fielding NCOs with incorrect rank, competitors competing below their age groups, fielding non-financial members in competitions and interfering with the running of competitions.

The Australian Air League relies on units’ honesty and sense of fair play when entering competitions.  Field Competition Staff on the day have the right to ask for proof of age, membership and/or rank where deemed necessary.