The International Military Sport Council was established on February 18, 1948. CISM is one of the largest international sports organizations with 138 member states. "Friendship through Sport" is the motto of the organization which aims to bring together servicemen of different countries on sporting grounds, to organize different competitions where the servicemen of armed forces of different countries will meet, to compete in different arenas without weapons and not on the battlefield. One of the goals is to provide future military and civilian leaders with cultural awareness of other countries that will help reduce tensions around the world. "The more people know each other, the less chances of conflict," said Colonel Sweden. The organization organizes 20 championships each year, and the World Championships every 4 years.