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Army October 15, 2009
By Capt Jarrod Brook and
Sgt Andrew Hetherington
NATURAL disasters in north
Queensland and Victoria's recent
past have highlighted the impor-
tant roles the Reserve Response
Force (RRF) performs in assisting
the civil authorities during domes-
A course to qualify reservists
in the techniques of the RRF trade
was held between August 14-23 and
was run by 25/49RQR at Gallipoli
WO2 Stephen Wyatt, RRF
course manager and training WO at
25/49RQR, said 38 soldiers attended
the course from a number of units.
"Soldiers from 25/49RQR, QUR,
31/42RQR, 9RQR and 41RNSWR
participated in the course, which
equipped them with the necessary
skills to be effective RRF soldiers,"
WO2 Wyatt said.
"Soldiers covered two days of
Military Self Defence training, were
taught low-level search and clear-
ance techniques of buildings and
open areas and how to operate vehi-
cle and personnel check points."
The training wasn't all about
checking vehicles and searching.
There was also a sensitive human
side to it.
"Soldiers were also taught how to
deal with the public and the media,"
WO2 Wyatt said.
"These techniques were used by
soldiers who assisted [the public]
during the Victorian bushfires."
The course content was mainly
delivered in the form of theory les-
sons, followed by assessments.
"The formative assessment
involved demonstrations and putting
into practice, for example detaining
techniques, which were instructed
by visiting military police," WO2
"When it came to the final assess-
ment students were put through a
scenario where they had to search
an area and conduct a low-level
[unarmed] risk search of a build-
ing. Finally students participated in
a vehicle and pedestrian check point
of an area."
The course qualified the students
as a members of the RRF.
"The RRF can be drawn from not
only one unit, but from a number of
units to make up a specific force if
required, to respond to a number of
different emergencies, such as bush-
fires and floods," WO2 Wyatt said.
CO 25/49RQR Lt-Col Duncan
Schultz said the RRF was a huge
motivation for part-time soldiers
to serve and a vital capability for
"Reservists are eager to serve
and contribute to Army capability to
help fellow Australians when times
are tough," Lt-Col Schultz said
"We had an overwhelming
response from soldiers who wanted
to put their skills to use and assist
the [public during the] Victorian fires
and North Queensland floods. That
was what the RRF was all about."
1 Div's force to
be reckoned with
By LCpl Daniel Hodgson
IF YOU think Military Self Defence
(MSD) involves Van Damme round-
house kicks and Jackie Chan take
downs then you've been watching too
many martial-arts movies.
Taking the initiative from HQ 1 Div's
directive to qualify the majority of the
Army in MSD, 2/14 LHR (QMI) used
available training time in September to
MSD SI Capt Mitch Watson said
2/14 LHR (QMI) was aiming to have the
majority of its members qualified by the
end of the year.
"Our unit has gone on the front foot
to qualify our members," Capt Watson
During the five-day exponent course,
members trained in a variety of MSD
techniques as diverse as verbally con-
trolling an opponent to taking down an
opponent and ground fighting. During
scenario training, the exponents would
escort a suspect with a concealed weapon
out of an ASLAV and disarm the them.
During the reflex training, members
tested their mettle in a variety of dan-
gerous situations they might face in the
"The scenario training is a good way
to reinforce the techniques taught as they
may be used in a real-life scenario and
may in fact save an exponent's life,"
Capt Watson said.
Some junior officers and NCOs were
qualified as instructors by the end of the
course, which will allow the unit to con-
tinue developing MSD techniques.
"We will be looking to conduct con-
tinuation training for PT once or twice
a week as it adds variety to the PT pro-
gram and will enhance the training and
is fun," Capt Watson said.
Getting down to it: Soldiers tackling the five-day exponent course.
Fast response: Pte Philip Edwards, 41RNSWR, talks to a driver in the vehicle check point.
Photo by Tpr Michael Franchi
Primed for crisis
HOW TO JOIN
Reserve members need
to have completed recruit
training and at least one
module of IET training.
Members will then
undertake the RRF opera-
For command positions
from corporal upwards,
members will need to com-
plete the RRF command
Once requirements and
training is complete mem-
bers will enter into an RRF
service agreement with
For more information
on joining the RRF visit
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