Home' Army News : July 27th 2017 Contents Specialising in Income Tax Returns for
Armed Forces Personnel for over 25 YEARS
INCOME TAX RETURNS
SYDNEY LEVEL 1, 23 OXFORD RD, INGLEBURN
PHONE 02 9829 4188
Specialising in income tax returns for Australian
Defence Force members for nearly 30 years
SYDNEY Level 1, 23 Oxford Rd INGLEBURN
Ph 02 9829 4188
Australian Financial Services License 227232
Tax Agent No. 73380000
N EXPLOSIVE opportunity is open to high-
calibre soldiers with an interest in all things
bullets and explosives.
RAAOC is primed to load candidates into
the pipeline of becoming ammunition technicians (AT)
providing technical advice, support and management
functions of Explosive Ordnance (EO) along with
aiding in identification and disposal of unexploded
ordnance and IEDs.
Conductor of Ammunition Technical Trade WO1
Stephen Harris said most soldiers considering a career
change wouldn’t be wasting their skills by transferring.
“I transferred to the AT trade as an infantry ser-
geant so I was across weapon platforms, range prac-
tices, soldier training systems and TTPs,” he said.
“Those skills have been extremely beneficial as an
AT; having intimate knowledge of how infantry oper-
ate makes what we do far easier.
“Those coming from arms corps, or in fact any
trade, are not going to be wasting their skills. Many
are complementary and provide a good foundation for
“Soldiers from RAEME are absolutely fantastic.
They understand corporate governance and engineer-
ing requirements, they’re good with their hands and
they have a practical, logical mindset.
“We’re required to hold driving codes as part of our
skillset, so if you come across from transport, you get
RPL for all your driving codes, and this would reduce
the courses required to transfer.”
Soldiers wishing to transfer will complete a series
of courses to qualify.
How many would depend on where they are in
their current career and what courses they currently
“We will look at all soldiers and their current skills
and apply RCC/RPL where appropriate,” WO1 Harris
Apart from the AT-specific training, a soldier will
complete the standard all-corps and RAAOC subject
courses appropriate to rank.
Someone qualified as a sergeant will need to do
the applicable subject four (trade) courses of their cur-
rent rank only and in most cases will be able to retain
their rank subject to successful completion of requisite
AT positions are fed by the ammo supplier trade
(Pte-Cpl), so some soldiers transferring will need to
complete these courses as well.
“Some of the courses can be long and technically
demanding, but as long as you’re prepared to work
hard and apply yourself, it’s achievable and extremely
rewarding,” WO1 Harris said.
WO1 Harris, who has worked as an ammo tech
for 15 years, said they were looking for smart, highly-
motivated soldiers with the temperament to make deci-
sions under pressure.
“Gone are the days when the ammo techs were
never seen, the days of depot dwelling are a distant
memory,” he said.
“They’re now providing a wide-ranging capability
and their fitness needs to be at the same level as the
unit they’re supporting.
ATs are posted to Socomd, Combat and CSS bri-
gades (including the amphibious capability), joint
proof and experimental units and joint logistic units
“We are posted basically everywhere, there are so
many fantastic opportunities,” WO1 Harris said.
“To say what’s a typical day for an AT would be
“They’ve got to provide all facets of EO support,
associated logistic management, corporate governance,
disposal and investigations for any EO-related inci-
dents; they also provide daily EOD support to State
and Federal Police.
“Their decision making processes need to be
advanced, because the consequences of making the
wrong decision could be catastrophic.
“We’re not looking for individuals who are after an
easy way out of where they are.
“A lot of other jobs form small parts of what we do,
but nowhere in the three services do we have another
trade that delivers what an ammo tech does and, as
such, we are in high demand.”
WO1 Harris transferred because he wanted a job
that was out of the ordinary where he could build on
“As an ammo tech, I was able to effectively transfer
those skills, and was given a suite of really interesting
technical training that complemented what I already
had,” he said.
“Since becoming an AT I have never looked back.”
If you’re interested in becoming an ECN 401 ammo tech or would
like more information, contact Senior Career Adviser RAAOC Maj
Mark Pearson, Directorate of Soldier Career Management – Army
(02) 6144 7735, e-mail – firstname.lastname@example.org
Becoming an ammunition technician could appeal to
soldiers looking for a change, Cpl Max Bree writes.
Ammunition technician Cpl Monique
Geck remotely fires an explosive
charge, during an explosive hazards
lecture run by her unit, Force
Support Element 4 at Camp Baird in
the Middle East Region.
Photo: WO2 Andrew Hetherington
LCpl Jayden Patterson-Mills,
an ammunition supplier,
conducts a stocktake inside
the ammunition store at the
Hamid Karzai International
Photo: Cpl David Cotton
July 27, 2017
Links Archive July 13th 2017 August 10th 2017 Navigation Previous Page Next Page