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Army February 17, 2011
By Cpl Zenith King
ARMY's $200 million Enhanced Land Force (ELF)
project has provided Singleton Barracks with a
School of Inf CO Lt-Col Andrew Lowe said the pro-
ject was implemented to meet government requirements.
"We needed to increase the infantry by two battalions
and to achieve those two battalions we had to train IETs
to fill them," Lt-Col Lowe said.
"Generating the two infantry battalions and then sus-
taining seven was clearly over the capacity of the School
of Inf at the time.
"In the first year of training we went from 450 IETs to
960. This does not include the soldiers completing initial
employment training in the battalions."
After considering what infrastructure the School of Inf
would need to sustain this spike, the decision was made to
build facilities to accommodate, train and administer up
to 2000 Defence members annually.
Lt-Col Lowe said the ELF works, which began con-
struction in 2009, had progressed to stage two.
"Stage one was the most time-critical and included the
health facility, gym and parts of rifleman wing," he said.
"By completing these areas we were able to continue
with the smooth running of training of the IET and infan-
try promotion courses."
He said funds saved during stage one allowed some
stage-two projects to be completed earlier than expected.
Stage two officially started on January 19 and will
include upgrades to training areas, the museum and the
School of Inf headquarters building.
Lt-Col Lowe said a large part of the stage-two work
would occur on the range and cost $25 million.
"We will be upgrading all of our ranges with the lat-
est technology as well as increasing the lane capacity,"
"Instead of having a 10-lane range, which takes five
details to get through a platoon-sized practice, we could
halve the time, allowing us to train soldiers more effi-
ciently and produce better infantrymen.
"The WTTS, the class ranges and the urban opera-
tions range are the ones that will better the soldiers train-
ing."He said the new facilities would not just enhance the
training of IETs, but would encourage civilians to move
to the area.
"It's not easy to encourage Defence members to come
to Singleton, let alone civilians for our health facility.
"We hope that by having a first-class work environ-
ment it will help entice medical professionals to the
The end date for the ELF project is 2012, but training
will continue regardless.
Infantry centre grows
A NEW integrated health facility has opened to
accommodate and better administer the influx of
personnel at Singleton Barracks.
Registered nurse Debbie Senior said the new
facility was a lot bigger and allowed patients to be
treated under one roof by a variety of specialists.
The facilities include a hydrotherapy bath.
"We can use the bath for both heat and hydro-
therapy," Ms Senior said.
"If soldiers come down with heat [illness] we can
put them straight into the bath, observe them and
get their temperatures down.
"This is much faster than what we used to have
to do, which was cool them down with wet sheets
and cold water."
For medical purposes, patients are now entirely
administered through the integrated health facility,
allowing them to be treated more efficiently.
Stage one works
Training and cleaning sheds
Alpha Coy and Soldier Spt Coy HQ
Training Spt Pl
Q Store and gym extensions
Second weapons simulation centre
B Coy HQ and accommodation
Stage two works
Base entry and guard house
School of Infantry HQ
Rifle wing: LCpl Ian Pascoe, Cpl Chris Buck, CO Lt-Col Andrew Lowe, Cpl Nick Cronan
and Cpl Ben Wolski await new march ins at their upgraded facility. Photos by Cpl Zenith King
Integrated: Physiotherapy equipment is built
into the new integrated health facility.
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