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RESERVE initial employment train-
ing is now closer to home with a new
course being delivered across the
The Combined Arms Module (CAM)
forms part of ARes IETs and delivers
common elements from all four combat
arms corps, taught through university
regiments in each capital city.
2 Div RSM WO1 Gary Mychael said
the CAM would benefit soldiers and the
Army as a whole.
"It will reduce travel costs and
give soldiers more opportunities to get
trained," he said.
"It also means less time away from a
soldier's home location."
The new course provides greater
accessibility to training, with reservists
no longer required to make multiple trips
for IETs since the CAM course started
"Instead of flying them there twice, I
only fly them there once," WO1 Mychael
"Costs in relation to movement,
munitions and reserve training days will
decrease, freeing up more money to
invest in capability."
CAM provides reservists with one
common IET module, while other job-
specific competencies are completed at
traditional training establishments.
The idea for CAM came from a 2 Div
review into reserve IET courses that
revealed similarities in training between
the four combat arms corps.
The CAM course was developed
by HQ 2 Div in cooperation with the
Combined Arms Training Centre and
trade policy advisers for light cavalry,
artillery, engineers and infantry.
"Common sense, smart practices like
this are typical of how reform is happen-
ing in 2 Div and across the Army," WO1
By Sgt Brian Hartigan
THE Directorate of Assurance
and Safety-Army has reminded
soldiers of the importance of fol-
lowing correct procedures when
conducting shooting training.
During a range shoot in 2008,
an incident involving a serious gun-
shot injury to a soldier resulted in a
supervisor being charged and disci-
plined -- with life-changing conse-
quences for both soldiers, and sali-
ent lessons for the rest of us.
The incident occurred when the
unit involved had just concluded an
authorised range practice to main-
tain basic soldier skills and organ-
ised a supplementary shoot at short
notice to use up leftover ammuni-
tion.Lt-Col Peter Davies, Directorate
of Assurance and Safety-Army, said
things began to go wrong when
excessive surplus ammunition was
"disposed of" via an inadequately
planned and improperly supervised
non-standard automatic-fire prac-
"The unit had ordered almost
double the ammunition required,
even considering requirements
for reshoots and, at the end of
the authorised practices, the OIC
advised his superior that, as expect-
ed, there was ammunition left over,"
Lt-Col Davies said. "His superior
advised the OIC not to come back
"Against advice from other range
staff and NCOs, the OIC then con-
ducted a non-standard practice that
exceeded prescribed rates-of-fire for
the weapon and, eventually, a cook-
off occurred -- fortunately, without
"Unfortunately, however, the
OIC did not take appropriate action
when this first cook-off occurred."
Lt-Col Davies said that while
this supplementary shoot should
have been conducted in accordance
with range regulations in the first
place, it could have and definitely
should have been stopped at this
"The OIC could have called a
halt, range staff could have called
a halt, even the firers could have
called a halt.
"So, what happened next was
completely avoidable and should
never have been allowed to occur.
"As the shoot continued, a sec-
ond weapon cooked off, resulting
in serious injury to a soldier that
will likely lead to the member's dis-
charge from the Army.
"Obviously, the impact of this
incident on that member and his
family is terrible -- and all the more
so because it could have and should
have been avoided."
But the implications of the inci-
dent didn't end there. The OIC of
the ill-fated shoot was charged,
found guilty and subsequently
reduced in rank, among other pen-
alties, and his family has also now
been adversely affected by the case.
Lt-Col Davies said if members
at every level stopped and thought
about the outcomes they needed to
achieve in training and the adverse
affects they didn't want to see, the
obvious solution was to apply regu-
lations, policies and procedures.
"As professionals, ordering
excessive ammunition in the first
place is wasteful," he said.
"But it can also set us up for this
kind of incident.
"Of course, some responsibility
for accidents like this one goes right
up and down the line.
"Orders to subordinates should
be professional, clear and unam-
biguous -- and every soldier on the
firing line has the authority, and
responsibility, to put his hand up
and shout 'stop, stop, stop'."
Lack of thought
New ARes module
Partners: The Combined Arms Module incorporates shared elements of IET
courses from all four combat arms corps to reduce training costs for ARes
soldiers and improve interoperability.
Photo by LS Paul Berry
Safety first: A range accident in 2008 that resulted in a soldier being shot could have been avoided if the
OIC or any person involved in the shoot had called a halt because of obvious safety issues.
Photo by LS Paul Berry
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