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est thing was
d to cope with
ound at first but
ell," he said.
-level skills and
ective skill sets
cus was on jun-
ungle Training is
een Cairns and
s 32,000 hectares
reputation of one
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ed in search and
oon attacks. The
getation was so
thick that visibility was severely limited and sec-
tions had to learn how to operate without seeing each
other. Sudden downpours turned the soil into sticky
slush, which made it near impossible to keep equip-
ment clean, and the humidity created energy-
sapping, sauna-like conditions.
The environment was the ideal training ground
for the soldiers to build their war-fighting skills. The
arduous conditions the soldiers faced in the jungle
would prepare them for any complex operations.
Sgt Chris Rogers guided junior soldiers in every-
thing from the intricacies of a section attack through
to tactically opening a packet of noodles to minimise
"This has been a good learning experience for the
soldiers as well as being the first opportunity to work
in close country," Sgt Rogers said.
He said the soldiers were a little unclear about
things at first but they got there in the end.
The training culminated in a section-based com-
petition called True Grit where the sections complet-
ed a pack march, obstacle course and bayonet-assault
course. The competition tested some of the skills
they had been trained in, but mainly focused on their
teamwork and the junior leaders' control.
In typical Tully fashion the rains poured down on
the soldiers as they completed the final stages of the
competition. Pte Samuel Carr kept up morale by ser-
enading his section with "It's raining men".
CO 8/9RAR Lt-Col Simon Stuart said the envi-
ronment at the training facility allowed the indi-
viduals to push their own boundaries and develop a
greater understanding of their limits.
"It was a very efficient way to achieve some big
steps in terms of improving our levels of training in
a short time," Lt-Col Stuart said. "The soldiers were
keen to learn and have demonstrated they can learn
and adapt quickly. We asked a lot from them, par-
ticularly given their relative lack of experience. We
asked many of them to step up into leadership posi-
tions and they have done very well."
For more coverage on the Combat Training
Centre -- Jungle Training, see Page 26
one of the toughest training environments in Australia. Soldiers from 8/9RAR
on war-fighting skills. Story and photos by Cpl Corinne Boer.
In, out: Sgt Leigh Johansen attacks a target with his bayonet.
Taking aim: Pte Jaden Thornhill-Baena goes to ground and lines up his target during a dry run of the sneaker shoot.
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