Home' Army News : November 26th 2009 Contents 20 CENTREPIECE
AUSTRALIA is home to some of the
world's most venomous snakes, 19
of which can be found at the Combat
Training Centre -- Jungle Training in
No one has been bitten yet, but there were many
other dangers lurking among the thick vegetation
that Pte Casey Morrison, 8/9RAR, and his section
had to be aware of as they learned the art of jungle
warfare during sub-unit training from October 19-30.
Wild pigs and territorial cassowaries roamed the
area freely and would give chase to anyone in their
way. The jungle also swarmed with insects including
mosquitoes, ticks and -- worst of all -- mites, which
would feast on soldiers' waists and lower legs.
Lawyer vine with sharp thorns -- dubbed "wait-a-
while" -- stuck like velcro to cams.
Pte Morrison, who was a section commander dur-
ing the training, said the terrain and leadership role
were challenging, especially as he had only com-
pleted his IET course last year.
"It was a lot more deliberate working in a jungle
environment and probably the harde
learning how to control section attac
'wait-a-while'," Pte Morrison said.
Pte Morrison said his section had
one of their mates in the role as secti
"It took a bit to get their head aro
they gripped it up and performed we
The training started at individual
progressed through to low-level coll
and platoon operations. The main fo
ior leadership and building foundatio
expertise that could be adapted to an
The Combat Training Centre -- Ju
located in Tully about halfway betw
Townsville. The training area covers
of lush-tropical rainforest and has a
of the wettest places in Australia -- in
of rain annually.
The 8/9RAR soldiers were traine
navigation techniques, live-sneaker s
ling, ambushes and section and plato
elements were against them. The veg
The Combat Training Centre -- Jungle Training in Tully is
spent 12 arduous days in the jungle building foundatio
In tune: Pte Samuel Carr (front right) serenades the section during the final stages of True Grit.
Expert guidance: Sgt Chris Rogers debriefs his soldiers after a section attack.
On fire: Pte Christopher Nye fires the MAG-58 while Pte Rhys Hardacre controls the ammunition supplies.
Sights set: A soldier sets up a Claymore in preparation for an ambush.
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