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Army May 12, 2011
up soldier skills
By LS Paul Berry
FOR the past 12 months the
Army School of Transport's Road
Transport Wing (AST-RTW) has
developed a more flexible training
package for the initial employment
training (IET) course.
AST-RTW instructs about 1500
soldiers a year from VIP drivers
and promotional courses to IET and
RTW 2IC Capt Marcus Taylor
said drills had been modified by
drawing on lessons from US,
Canadian and British doctrine
addressing convoy ambushes, IED
strikes and other operational sce-
"A lot of work is done to make
drivers more capable in the bat-
tlefield as opposed to the idea that
they are there as drivers only," Capt
"Ultimately, we are preparing
them to be able to provide protected
distribution on the battlefield so the
war-fighters can conduct their main
role while we conduct ours."
IET driver Pte Michael Smith
said the training was challenging but
a good reality check.
"The instructors here are amaz-
ing and the people that are leading
the program have done really well,"
"We are looking forward to being
more than just truck drivers, so we
can do our job and give fire support
"The drills we are learning in
transport can save our lives."
Capt Taylor said it was reward-
ing to develop and instruct the con-
stantly evolving training packages at
"We have trainees here that
20 weeks ago had marched into
Kapooka, and then they leave here
not only knowing how to operate
as a soldier but how to operate if an
IED strikes, or what to do if some-
one ambushes their convoy.
"To see someone develop into a
capable soldier within transport is
Not just driving: Transport trainee Pte David Sues provides cover for a
damaged Unimog during Road Transport Wing's revamped IET course. Inset,
transport trainees learn to provide their own protection. Photos by LS Paul Berry
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