The International Orienteering symbol


Orienteering is a sport in which the competitors visit a number of points marked on the ground in the shortest possible time aided by map and compass. The aim of the competition is to test as many members of the Force as possible in all areas of map reading/land navigation (orienteering) across varying terrain and in all weather conditions, with a view to increase the overall standard of map reading throughout the JDF.   The term competitor means an individual of either gender or a team, as appropriate.


Types of Orienteering Competition may be distinguished by:

  1. The time of the Competition:


  1. Day (in daylight)
  2. Night (in the dark)
  1. The nature of the Competition:


  1. Individual (the individual performs independently)
  2. Relay (two or more team members run consecutive individual races)
  3. Team (two or more individuals collaborate)



a.         Phase 1

This phase is used to test the individual’s basic map reading skills under physical stress over a half-mile radius.    Team members are required to use their maps to locate different locations in a given area.   

b.         Phase 2

 This phase is used to test a section’s ability to navigate at nights using vehicles over a two-mile radius. Certain restrictions will be placed on the teams such as a speed limit which will be monitored by a Directing Staff (DS).  Competitors will be required to negotiate man-made and natural obstacles across mountainous terrain, both in and out of their vehicles.
c.         Phase 3

This grand final phase is a combat march across varying terrain over a two-mile radius.  Units are required to provide a modified platoon which will be expected to move as a formed body at all times. This phase tests the competitors’ strength, endurance, command and control, administrative skills, and best map reading skills.  Competitors will march in Complete Equipment Marching Order (CEMO), which will be required to fit a specific weight requirement.