The raiders competed in teams of 4, in which at least one patrol member was required to be either an officer or an NCO. Strong infantry training, excellent physical condition as well as analytical and above-average judgment skills were vital.
The competition's motto was "Vouloir, Croire et Oser" ("Want, Believe and Dare").
The first SRC was held in 1986, implemented by the Neuchatel officers’ society. The 18th edition took place in 2009.
From 1997 through 2003 the event was organised by the Field Division 2, since then by the Swiss Infantry Training Unit. The SRC has the full support of the Department of Defence, Population Protection and Sports (DDPS).
During each edition, an average of 650 soldiers compete, most of who come from elite troops from 15 different countries.
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