The history ASEAN Armies multilateral engagements started in 1991 when all six members nations at that time (Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Brunei) agreed on the necessity of formulating an Army event to bolster multilateral interactions and cooperation. With the idea first outlined by the then Commander in Chief of Malaysia’s Army, the first ASEAN Armies Rifle Meet (AARM) was hosted by Malaysian Army. Subsequently, all member nations took turn in hosting the rounds of AARM.

In 1999, the then C-in-C, Royal Thai Army, proposed a meeting of ASEAN Chiefs of Army. The underlying philosophy was for ASEAN military leaders to better understand regional issues specific towards the ASEAN region. This meeting was also intended to foster military-to-military cooperation, develop interpersonal relationships and contribute to regional dialogue and stability. The first ASEAN Chiefs of Army Multilateral Meeting (ACAMM) was then held in Thailand in November 2000, dovetailing with the closing ceremony of AARM.

With multiple events gaining more importance as years go by, it was deemed necessary to establish a working group meeting to better organize the events. During 7th ACAMM held in Thailand in 2007, the then C-in-C RTA proposed a setting up of the ACAMM Working Group (AWG) to identify concrete items prior to each ACAMM. Since then, the event is always conducted in conjunction with the AARM Technical Committee Meeting (TCM).

In 2011, while hosting the 21st AARM and 12th ACAMM, Indonesian Army inaugurated another meeting which called the ASEAN Sergeant Major Annual Meeting (ASMAM). Its objective was giving opportunity for non-commissioned officers of ASEAN armies to know one another and exchange experiences among them.

In 2017, all ten ASEAN Chiefs of Army agreed to the need to establish a multilateral meeting for intelligence officers to conduct information sharing on matters of mutual interests. In the wake of increasing security challenges, early mitigation is surely the key to success of preserving the stability and peace in the region. It was Singapore Army who was honored as the first host of ASEAN Armies Information Sharing Workshop (AAISW) in 2018. For this year of 2019, Indonesian Army is the proud and fortunate host of the AARM XXIX, ACAMM XX, ASMAM IX, and AAISW II. This will be fifth time the we are rendered with such honor, having hosted the events in 1992, 1998, 2004, and 2011.

AdministratorAbout AAISWThe history ASEAN Armies multilateral engagements started in 1991 when all six members nations at that time (Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Brunei) agreed on the necessity of formulating an Army event to bolster multilateral interactions and cooperation. With the idea first outlined by the then Commander in Chief of Malaysia’s...INDONESIA 2019