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THE next generation of ADF advis-
ers heading to Afghanistan have
completed their training and are
ready to deploy after spending three
weeks with 39 Operational Support
The advisers conducted their force
preparation training, which everyone
completes before deploying to the
MER, however, they spent more time
training for their specific roles.
Force Preparation Coy OC Maj Brett
Seymour said the course was designed
to prepare the advisers for their coming
"The training not only contains the
mandated requirements from HQJOC
and CDF, but concentrates on training
the advisers on the culture and language
of the countries to which they will
deploy," he said.
"The training also focuses on indi-
vidual survivability skills from the
threats they are likely to encounter in
the area of operations."
Unlike the smaller force preparation
course many people have completed
over the years, the adviser course goes
deeper into the language and culture.
Maj Seymour said these additional
skills would allow the advisers to meet
with and greet locals in their own lan-
"It means they will be more com-
fortable, as will the people they are
advising," he said.
The language instruction covers 40
hours of the course and there is an addi-
tional four hours devoted to understand-
ing emotions and facial expressions,
which make up the cultural component.
As part of the survivability suite of
training, course participants spent a
week at the Majura range in Canberra
on advanced applications of fire using
the F88 and 9mm pistol.
Maj Seymour said it was important
to ensure all the advisers were prepared
with the latest information available.
"We had visits from a US team
based in Afghanistan, which was able
to provide valuable up-to-date informa-
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"CHALLENGING, fun and something
different." That's how Cpl Guy Kelly
describes serving in 39OSB.
Cpl Kelly is a medic whose
primary duties are ensuring that all
deploying members are instructed
in the latest medical techniques and
given the most current information
While he spends most of his
time instructing in his field, he also
finds himself being challenged and
instructing in all aspects of the force
He said it was a unique
environment to work in and everyone
worked at least one level above their
"I regularly instruct not only in my
medical lessons, but also all-corps
skills such as weapons lessons," he
"With simultaneous courses
running all the time, it is important
that everyone is multi-skilled and can
step up into roles such as course
The unique environment of
39OSB means Cpl Kelly is regularly
exposed to the triservice nature of
operations and requires the skills and
attitude to work with those well above
his rank across the services.
He said this exposure had been a
big eye-opener compared to previous
"Its great fun here and it's been
very different to other postings I've
had," he said.
"Everyone knows the value in a
posting to 39OSB and I enjoy making
sure that all the medical training we
provide is relevant to where people
Great team gets the job done at 39OSB
We have a tight-
knit team behind
all the training
and I'm very proud
of them all.
-- Maj Brett Seymour,
OC Force Preparation Coy,
Sgt James Kirkpatrick instructs
on Majura range during the
39OSB advisers' course. Inset,
Cpl Guy Kelly is enjoying his
posting to 39OSB.
Photo by Cpl Nick Wiseman
tion," he said. "We also extensively use
Australian personnel who have recently
returned from operations in similar
roles to provide their first-hand knowl-
With a vast amount of training and
management behind the adviser and
other courses conducted by the unit,
Maj Seymour said it was important to
have a great team.
"We have a tight-knit team behind
all the training and I'm very proud of
them all," he said.
"It takes a very high-calibre type of
person to deal with the variety of ranks,
positions and services we cater to."
While most conventional training
organisations have dedicated instruc-
tors and support staff, every person at
39OSB gets a taste of instruction and
management, from the orderly room
private through to the RSM and even
The skills and expertise of all these
people assists each person who goes
through 39OSB to be as ready as pos-
sible for their deployment and have a
good idea of what is to come, as well as
the administrative requirements.
"By using everyone's individual
strengths and skills, we ensure that all
the information we present and instruct
is both relevant and current," Maj
"The personnel can then deploy
with operational confidence and
the skills required for a successful
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