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A gruelling month of exercises
putting staff cadets into intense
operating environments is the
college's final test of objective
SGT BRIAN HARTIGAN
RMC CENTENARY June 23, 2011
... we really want to be able to put our hands on our hearts and say these people
are ready to lead soldiers on operations.
'' CAPT NICK WHITEHEAD, RMC DUNTROON
ADAPTIVE: Staff cadets are tested in a fluid environment requiring them to transition between war-fighting and
peacekeeping roles during Exercise Battle Block One Alpha.
PHOTO BY LT DARREN ELDER
AFTER 18 months at RMC
Duntroon, tomorrow's Army officers
are put through two final field exer-
cises before graduation -- the largest
of which is designed to test and hone
their skills and push their mental and
physical boundaries to the limit.
Known as Battle Block One Alpha,
the penultimate exercise is primarily
a stability activities shakeout for 1st
Class RMC cadets, exposing them to a
wide range of operations, from green-
role war fighting to civil/military oper-
ations in a complex environment.
The exercise, conducted in the
southern Queensland towns of Cooloola
Cove and Tin Can Bay, also provides
insight and exposure to as many Army
capabilities as can be sourced.
RMC instructor Capt Nick
Whitehead said during the most recent
exercise, from March 4-31, support-
ing assets included protected mobil-
ity vehicles, armed reconnaissance and
transport helicopters, military police
working dogs, cavalry elements and
"All of these assets added to the
complexity of the exercise, the aim of
which is to further set up these future
officers for success when they lead
Australian soldiers on operations,"
Capt Whitehead said.
"Our objectives here are to place
our future officers in complex training
situations that we've based on recent
operational experience from places like
Solomon Islands and East Timor.
"In the second-last bush exercise
before graduation, we really want to
be able to put our hands on our hearts
and say these people are ready to lead
soldiers on operations."
Activities were designed to test the
cadets in the types of leadership and
decision-making challenges they could
likely face not long after they graduate
from the college in June.
SCdt Timothy Glover said the exer-
cise had been a very different experi-
ence to any of his earlier training.
"Being so involved in the commu-
nity and having so many assets has
been a big challenge, but I think it
should set us up well for our future
careers," SCdt Glover said.
JOINT OPS: SCdt Gerard Koen patrols Cooloola Cove with
Australian Federal Police officer Graham Wilson
PHOTO BY LT DARREN ELDER
ARMS UP: SCdt Tim Glover mans a
vehicle checkpoint during the exercise.
PHOTO BY CPL BERNARD PEARSON
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