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April 20, 2017
PLATOON of 1RTB recruits
is privileged to be taking part
in a trial, with 1RAR and the
School of Infantry (SOI), for
the new Military Shooting Continuum
RSM 1RTB WO1 Sean McGinley
says the MSC trial is being conducted
by 1RAR, SOI and 1RTB in order
to review the Live-Fire Training
“It’s designed to enhance all combat-
ants’ lethality and survivability while
experiencing conditions similar to that
of combat,” he says.
“The rifle practices provide recruits
with the skills, knowledge and confi-
dence with the EF88.”
The MSC develops soldiers’ skills of
shoot, move and communicate:
Shoot – engage the enemy up to
300m using rapid realignment and
application of fire.
Move – move to cover and engage
the enemy using cover.
Communicate – by use of fire con-
trol orders, replacing OIC words of
command, in order for the recruit
Recruit Instructor (RI) Cpl Gab
Hammond has been managing the data
collection and reporting for the MSC
trial at 1RTB, looking at how the pack-
age is implemented at the ab initio level
with soldiers who have never used a
going well so
far – the results
speak for them-
selves with their
and the level
they’re at versus
the levels the
recruits at this
stage are usu-
ally at, in terms
“There’s a lot of focus on making
the shoots realistic and dissipating the
fear of the weapon.”
Cpl Hammond says when recruits
traditionally go to their weapons lesson,
the method of fault correction is to jump
on them, stop them and tell them what
they’ve done wrong, and to fix it.
“Now we’re looking at improving
their knowledge and understanding of
the weapon, so they have a better rela-
tionship with the weapon and they’re
no longer scared to pick it up and use it
effectively,” she says.
“There’s a lot more qualitative
results in that the recruits want to
improve – they’re more keen and eager
and they want to shoot again and they
want to get better – to become experts
in close combat.”
Cpl Hammond believes the change
is overdue because methods of train-
ing soldiers with weapon handling are
“It was no longer effective in train-
ing them for close combat specifically
and it was still in that old way of ‘stop,
pause, change your position, take it
slowly, make it perfect’, which isn’t
realistic anymore,” she says.
“We’ve learnt from our most recent
experiences in combat it’s not how
we’re engaging threats anymore.
“The rifle practices look at realis-
tic scenarios and enemy coming up at
100m, 200m or 300m, then having to
rapidly realign their point of aim from
the closest threat to the next threat and
engage and neutralise the threat before
it goes down.
“So we’re looking at conditioning
them better for the environments in
which they’re more likely to be.”
The MSC is being trialled to coin-
cide with the introduction of the EF88,
according to 1RTB master coach WO2
He says the MSC differs from what
has been done in the past.
“The current live-fire training is
not meeting the Army’s needs with the
introduction into service of the EF88,”
“The EF88 enhances the way we
shoot, so we need to enhance the shoot-
ing we do.
“We need to build ranges around
the weapon, not the weapon around the
ranges. We need to enhance the way we
do things and we’re starting here.”
WO2 Tolman says the continuum
itself was a continuous effort.
“We’re building that combat mind-
set – that’s the key aspect of what we’re
doing now,” he says.
“We’re building an Army capability
from the ground up.
“The shooting itself creates excite-
ment and it’s achieving good results.”
WO2 Tolman says they are already
seeing some positive results.
are coming back
to the firing point
excited and ready
to achieve a better
result than what
RI Bdr Nick
Latham says the
MSC is a well
age that will
benefit diggers in
situations and that the transition from
target shooting to combat shooting is
“The strategy implemented for this
combat package is quite different from
ordinary target shooting,” he says.
“Instead of just getting recruits up
after their zeroing and grouping serials,
we give them a confidence package at
the start, shooting out to ranges at 5m.
“We get them used to recoil man-
agement and recoil control and really
emphasise the positioning of their bod-
ies, rather than just the marksmanship
“Once they’ve developed their con-
fidence, we start them shooting out to
different ranges, incorporating movers,
snap targets, timed deliberates and so
Bdr Latham says the recruits are all
excited to be using the EF88.
“They’re walking around the area
with the new black rifles and they’re
obviously all aware they’re the trials
platoon, so they’re actually keen and
excited, which adds to the transition as
well,” he says.
“If they’re keen, they’re going to
try harder and implement the skills to
a higher standard. They’re going to go
out and conduct their section attacks or
potentially go on operations and, as a
whole, they’re going to be better pre-
pared for any situation that may arise.”
A shooting trial to align with the introduction
of the EF88 is reaping rewards at Kapooka,
Sgt Dave Morley reports.
Building capability from ground up
There’s a lot of
focus on making the
shoots realistic and
dissipating the fear
of the weapon.
Cpl Gab Hammond,
Recruit Instructor, 1RTB
Bdr Nick Latham supervises
Rec Adriana Smith while taking
part in a trial for the new Military
Shooting Continuum at the Army
Recruit Training Centre.
Photos: Sgt Dave Morley
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