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Army October 29, 2009
By LCpl Zenith King
A SECTION-BASED competition designed to
test and reinforce the basic infantry-tactic skills of
3CSSB soldiers was held at High Range Training
Area, Townsville, from October 5-9.
nine tactical sce-
narios that encour-
aged the com-
petitive spirit of
and mental agil-
ity of JNCOs and
soldiers in an envi-
ronment of uncer-
tainty and adver-
was a section com-
mander for the
duration of the
"Being a sec-
Battle Week was a
challenge, but by
utilising the vast
experiences of my
I was able to make
quick decisions and react to the scenarios with confi-
dence," Cpl Groves said.
"Everyone that participated improved noticeably.
They were keen to learn and took the initiative as they
began to adapt to the tactical environment."
Designed to enhance leadership and improve sec-
tion dynamics, the exercise gave command back to the
JNCOs of the battalion, requiring them to assess threat
and respond effectively and appropriately while adher-
ing to the principles of war.
Each section deployed independently into the tacti-
cal area of responsibility, which allowed them to prac-
tise individual battle skills through to section-level
operations including contact drills and section SOPs.
Directing staff accompanied sections into the area
of operations to ensure safety throughout the exercise.
For many of the junior soldiers it was their first
real exposure to operating in a tropical climate.
Exercise Battle Week provided soldiers with an
opportunity to gain an appreciation and enhance their
basic soldier skills.
Leadership: Cpl Daniel
Groves on a patrol out bush.
Mighty jab: Pte Stasia Lawerson on the bayonet assault course.
Photos by LCpl Kym Goodhew
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