The Airborn Units of The Netherlands had a test where they were parashooting and then marsching, passing different obstacles and finally throwing granades and shooting rifles. 1947 the first test of the new form of competition took place. Henri Debrus was later promoted to colonel and also became the President of CISM, the International Military Sports Commitee.
In 1988 the Nordic nations tested rules for female competitors at the Nordic Championship. Since the CISM World Championship 1991 in Oslo, Norway, female competitors have been participating on a world level with only a few changes to the rules formerly applied to the men.
The five diciplines of Military Penthalon are shooting, obstacle run, obstacle swimming, throwing and cross country running.
In 1993 for the first time a new event of Military Pentathlon was tested on the occasion of the Second CISM European Championship in Wiener Neustadt, Austria - the Obstacle Relay. As from 1995 this discipline has been part of the CISM World Championship program annually.
At a distance of 200 meters the competitors shoot two different series: A precision series of ten shots within a maximum of ten minutes, and a fast series of ten shots within a maximum of one minute.
Men: 200 Points. No less than eight men has reached the maximum result of 200 in this dicipline. One of them is from Sweden, Krister Rhönnstad made his 200-series in 1987.
Women: 199 Points. This record is held by four female athletes. The last time it happened was 2016 when Jenny Lindkvist from Sweden shot 199 at a competition in Austria.
The length of the course is 500 meters and consists of 20 obstacles for men and 16 obstacles for women. The obstacles are: Rope ladder, Double beam, Trip wire, Network of wire, Ford, Espalier, Balance beam, Sloping wall with rope, Horizontal beams, Irish table, Tunnel and twin beams, Four steps of beams, Banquette and pit, Assault wall, Pit, Vertical ladder. Assault wall II, Zigzag balance beam, Chicane and Three assault walls in succession.
In the women's event, the rope ladder, sloping wall with rope, four steps of beams and vertical ladder are not negotiated.
Men: 2.10,5. Two athletes share this record, Daniel Wollbrecht, Denmark and Pan Yucheng, China.
Women: 2:12,4. Ann Sofie Forssten, Finland (2007)
50 meters containing four obstacles.
Men: 23,8. Harald Koidl, Austria (2000).
Women: 27,3. Naiana Freire, Brazil.
16 grenades are thrown for precision at four different distances; 20, 25, 30 and 35 meters for men, and 15, 20, 25, 30 meters for women. Distance throwing is also included, where competitors throw three grenades in two minutes. Only the longest throw will count toward the score, which combines points for both distance and precision.
Men: 216,3 Hartmut Nienaber, Germany (1983)
Women: 198,7 Lei Xu, China (2003)
The final event in a Military Penthalon is the Cross country run, where the men run eight kilometers and the women four kilometers. In this Championship the Cross country event will be in form of persuit racing, which mean that all the previous results will be recalculated into seconds. The athlete with most points starts first and first athlete crossing the finish line will be the total winner of the Championship.
Men: 24:25,2 Giuseppe Cappiello, Italy (1970)
Women: 13:26,7 Li Yin, China (2000)
TOTAL WORLD RECORD:
Men: 5682,1 points, Hartmut Nienaber, Germany (1980)
Women: 5526,8 points, Lei Wu, China (2000)
TOTAL WORLD RECORD - TEAMS:
Men: 22052,5 China (1998)
Women: 16437,2 China (2000)
WORLD RECORD OBSTACLE RELAY
Men: 1:46,30 Venezuela (2009)
Women: 1:53,45 Brazil (2013)