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Canadian soldiers travel to Brazil to participate in international patrol competition in Amazon

The Olympics isn’t the only event taking place in Brazil this month. The 2nd International Patrol Competition is also currently taking place in the Amazonian region of Brazil. Ten Canadian Army soldiers from 5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group have travelled to the Brazilian Army’s Jungle Warfare Training Centre to compete against 20 teams from 14 countries.

Soldiers taking part in this competition will have the opportunity to hone their patrolling skills in a challenging and unpredictable terrain as soldiers trek through the rainforests of the Amazon.

“Participation in skills competitions on the international stage enables our soldiers to test their abilities and resiliency in a variety of environments, and to gain valuable skills to help them become better soldiers. The Canadian team at the 2nd International Patrol Competition in Brazil will be able to share their hard-earned experiences with their fellow soldiers and further contribute to the overall excellence of the Canadian Army,” stated MGen. J.M. Lanthier, Commander, Canadian Army Doctrine and Training Centre Headquarters.

The soldiers of 5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group have been preparing for this year’s competition since Aug. 15.

“The Canadian Army welcomes opportunities to interact with its allies and test and expand its capabilities in a variety of operational environments. Participation in events such as the 2nd International Patrolling Competition offers a challenging platform for Canadian soldiers to showcase their specialized skills and professionalism,” stated a Department of National Defence/Canadian Armed Forces press release

The Jungle Warfare Training Centre, located in Manaus, Brazil, is recognized throughout the world for its high-quality training. It was established in 1964 to train soldiers in jungle warfare. Since then, it has graduated around 6,000 Brazilian troops and armies from around the world have travelled to Brazil to take part in the Centre’s specialized training courses.

A section Commander shows the area he selected for the establishment of the camp during jungle training during phase II of Exercise TRADEWINDS 15 in Belize on June 20, 2015. Sgt Yannick Bédard, Canadian Forces Combat Camera

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Mishall Rehman

Originally from Atlanta, GA, Mishall is a freelance journalist pursuing her passion for writing in her new homeland Canada. She currently lives in Trenton, ON with her husband.

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