Comando is an exercise that includes a special operations skills
competition and a senior leader seminar designed to foster relations and improve
cooperation. When the competition began in 2004,
only 13 countries participated; in 2009, the number grew to 23 with over 400
military, police, and civilian personnel participating.
Multinational Special Operations Skills Competition The skills
competition is designed to improve multinational regional cooperation, enhance
mutual trust and confidence, and advance the training, readiness and
interoperability of participating special operations forces in tactics,
techniques, and procedures. There are two events:
1. Assault team competition: A physical fitness test; a confidence course;
close-quarters combat; a rucksack march; water event; and an obstacle course.
2.Sniper team competition: The sniper team competition will consist of five
events: a physical fitness test; marksmanship; shoot and move; range estimation;
and stalk and shoot events.
Each participating nation sends a judge, a five-person Special Operations
assault team and a two-man sniper team to compete in challenging tests and
evaluations of their skills in special operations tactics, techniques and
procedures used in counter-terrorist operations.
Leader Seminar The senior leader seminar helps to develop, refine and
improve political and military relations and multi-national cooperation in
fighting terrorism and other common threats such as illicit trafficking.
The senior leader seminar helps to develop, refine and improve political and
military relations and multinational cooperation in fighting terrorism and other
common threats. Participants include a commander and a senior level
representative from each nation involved in making counter-terrorism decisions
and policy making.
Nations Participating Special operations military and police forces from
Argentina, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican
Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico,
Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Trinidad & Tobago, the United States, and
Uruguay have participated in this exercise.