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Army May 26, 2011
By Maj Andrew Dixon
WITH Exercise Hamel rapidly approaching, it's not
just the competitors in training.
An umpire attached to a unit in the field can expect
to work 20 hours a day while the unit is actively
engaged in the exercise.
A small band of Defence personnel will be
employed to oversee these activities and assist in the
decision-making processes by adjudicating on actions
taken during the heat of battle.
For exercise senior land umpire Lt-Col Laurie
Lucas, this not only means long days ahead but, in the
shorter term, an urgent need to recruit the best person-
nel for umpire and observer roles.
"I'm looking for experienced officers, senior NCOs
and warrant officers with time in rank and trade," he
said.Observer trainer mentors and umpires provide adju-
dication for Lt-Col Lucas as well as assist in identify-
ing and reporting on environmental damage and safety
Lt-Col Lucas said Exercise Hamel was a perfect
example of adaptive campaigning at work and provided
an opportunity to train in the five lines of operation
against a well-equipped enemy force that worked from
outside the traditional war-fighting concept.
"As an umpire you will go out to specific troops,
platoons and combat teams and be required to adjudi-
cate force-on-force engagement.
"Selected personnel will be expected to assist in
the decision-making process or adjudicate on actions
taken; therefore each member needs to be aware of the
five lines of operation and how they individually fit into
adaptive campaigning," he said.
Positions are open to ARA and ARes personnel.
HQ Forcomd has released a signal calling for nomina-
tions to act as observer trainers and umpires during Ex
Hamel, to be held at Shoalwater Bay in July.
Nominations should be lodged through the chain of
command, but Lt-Col Lucas can be contacted for more
details by emailing email@example.com
More information on umpire roles for Ex Hamel is available on
iArmy under the Learning for Adaptive Campaigning folder.
High-level training: Ex Hamel this year will again
involve close cooperation with US military personnel
and require experienced senior soldiers to act as
umpires and trainers over a range of scenarios.
Photos by Cpl Hamish Paterson
Not just infantry: Umpires from a range of corps
backgrounds will be needed to cover the wide
variety of activities during Ex Hamel.
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