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Army December 10, 2009
By Cpl Zenith King
MEMBERS from 3CSSB
have battled the raging tor-
rent of the Tully River near
Cairns and dangled from
cliffs around Townsville in
two adventurous training
Exercise Achilles was held
from November 1-6. Soldiers
rotated through activities
involving a combination
of swim tests and rafting to
develop mental and physical
The exercise started with a
swim test where soldiers swam
100m through rapids. Unit
Adventurous Training Leader
(UATL) Sgt Nigel Ellis said it
required some manoeuvrabil-
ity to get through the rapids.
"If the participant does not
follow the correct rapid swim-
ming technique, they may get
some bruises," Sgt Ellis said.
Pte Natasha Tippett said
she felt more positive after try-
ing the unknown.
"I had water up my nose in
the swim training, but at the
end I felt much more confi-
dent," Pte Tippett said.
After completing the swim
test the participants rafted
down the roaring Tully River.
The rapids engulfed the
rafts and a few participants
ended up in the river. Cpl Karl
Fidler was flung from the
raft and struggled against the
"I felt helpless and scared
until I heard a UATL yell at
me to swim and it snapped me
into action," Cpl Fidler said.
Sgt Ellis said by the end
of the activity many soldiers
from the unit had challenged
themselves and worked as a
team to display courage and
Meanwhile, about 30 mem-
bers from 9 Tpt Sqn took part
in Exercise Cliffhanger on
October 30 and November 2.
The training consisted of
a 110m single-pitch descent
off Castle Hill and 70m single
and multi-pitch descents off
Mt Stuart in Townsville.
Squadron members were
taught abseiling techniques,
equipment issues and received
a safety brief.
Pte Jason Brown found the
"I have never done abseil-
ing at that height before," Pte
Brown said. "I do not have a
great fear of heights, but it was
UATL Capt Rebecca Dyson
believed the skills devel-
oped during training could be
applied to different situations
throughout a soldier's career.
"Adventure training places par-
ticipants in situations of per-
ceived risk and consequence,"
Capt Dyson said. "This devel-
ops skills that are beneficial
for both the individual and the
Overboard: The crew from 3CSSB braves the rapids (above) and Pte
Phillip Jarman grits his teeth as he descends Mt Stuart (inset).
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By Cpl Corinne Boer
A MIX of four disciplines was
taught to students to arm them
with one of the ADFs best defenc-
es against Improvised Explosive
Devices (IED) on a course held
at Canungra from October 26 --
The ADF Weapons Technical
Intelligence (WTI) Team Course
brings Defence students from intel-
ligence, explosive ordnance, crime
investigation and combat arms
together so they can provide techni-
cal intelligence that will help disrupt
SO1 Training and Doctrine at the
Counter IED Task Force, Wg-Cmdr
Paul Muscat, said the course was
one of the ADFs highest training
priorities and it was essential train-
ing for a number of key positions
within the WTI network.
"It's a developing ADF capabil-
ity but the result is that it will save
lives," Wg-Cmdr Muscat said.
The course was first run in
2008 and was continually evolving
with visiting lecturers from DSTO,
Defence Intelligence Organisation
and other subject-matter experts
within Defence providing expertise
and the latest information.
Students learned to work in four-
man teams to gather weapons tech-
nical intelligence from explosive
ordnance, radios, vehicles and other
technical devices collected on the
Students gained an understand-
ing of IED construction, what to
look for, how to collect and preserve
evidence, and to operate safely in
this complex environment.
The course consisted of a theory
component and a practical assess-
ment phase, with eight days in the
field where students participated in
"live scenarios" which were realistic
Student Cpl Jason Prins said the
field phase was especially benefi-
"It was a new skill set and a
whole new experience that I haven't
been exposed to previously," Cpl
Cpl Prins advised anyone who
was considering the course to have
some knowledge of the IED threat
and be familiar with the current
threat in theatre before attending.
to disrupt IEDs
"It's a developing
but the result is
that it will save
-- Wg-Cmdr Paul Muscat
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