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Army March 31, 2011
MY ARMY service spanned 1982-
2005 and during my first posting as a
lieutenant in 1989, I was one of three
logistic corps officers to carry ban-
ners for the formation of Adelaide
To my later regret, I did not obtain
any photographs of that parade, or of
myself as part of the banner party.
I'd be grateful if anyone who has
any photos that show me/the banner
party at that parade would be kind
enough to forward a copy to me at
firstname.lastname@example.org or email me to
make other arrangements.
It's a matter of trust
Seeking banner bearer photos
I WAS stunned to read 2 Div
Directive 3/11, which states that
no live-fire range practices are
to be conducted within 2 Div,
without both the unit CO and
RSM physically inspecting and
evaluating the practice.
Not only that, the unit CO
must personally chair the coordi-
nation conference for every range
What is the point of having
officers and NCOs who are trained
to be OICs if we don't trust them
to fulfil that role without the direct
supervision of their CO?
Since most ARes units have
several depots spread across a
wide geographic area, how can we
hope to maintain weapon handling
skills and marksmanship among
our soldiers when only one range
practice can realistically be con-
ducted within any unit during a
And how is this policy seen as
With all due respect to unit
COs, in most cases the last time
an ARes CO stepped onto a range
in any safety-related capacity was
probably more than 10 years ago
-- are their skills current?
With this in mind, why not
push for more Strategic Reform
Program savings and remove all
range safety-related competen-
cies from ARes officer and NCO
promotion courses? If they are
not trusted to employ these quali-
fications then why waste time and
money training them?
And what of all the ARA
Training WO and SNCOs posted
to 2 Div units, who have years
of experience running complex
range practices involving fire
and movement, exploding ord-
nance, flanking and overhead fire,
who now can't be trusted to run
a group and zero practice with-
out supervision? I predict we
can expect a rapid downturn in
recruiting figures, accompanied
by a drop in retention rates once
the effects of this policy are felt
across the division.
Capt Stephen Muir
HQ 13 Bde
Maj-Gen Craig Williams,
Commander, 2 Div, responds:
I AM pleased to reply to your
letter to clarify issues relating
to the direction provided in the
2 Div Directive 3/11 -- Audit of
Range Practice Compliance
dated February 31, 2011.
The directive introduces an
interim auditing regime to assist
commanders at all levels in being
assured that mandated compli-
ance requirements are being met.
The directive underpins the
primary responsibility of all
COs to ensure that unit training
is delivered to a high standard,
safely and in accordance with
policy. This is a core function of
command. Directive 3/11 comple-
ments the relevant range prac-
tice references and reinforces the
roles and responsibilities of key
unit staff (ie COs and RSMs).
In relation to trust, all unit
staff are trusted to perform their
duties professionally. This does
not abrogate the duty of a unit
CO to appropriately supervise
activities as a core function of
So far as unit staff within 2
Div are concerned, they are well
able to perform tasks and fulfil
responsibilities required of them,
whether they are reserve or regu-
lar. 2 Div soldiers are competent
and dedicated professionals who
are generating valued capability
Does the new 2 Div directive on live-fire range
practices take responsibility away from qualified
safety supervisors and OICs? Photo by Sgt Mick Davis
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