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THE Junior Leader Course
(JLC) is the most impor-
tant course of an enlisted
soldier's military career,
according to instructors at the WO
and NCO Academy.
The CO and chief instructor of the
academy's north Queensland wing,
Lt-Col Tony Duus, believes the main
priority of the JLC is to give trainees
four basic skills.
"First, they have to know how to
think using the military appreciation
process as the vehicle," he said.
"Second, we want trainees to know
how to communicate their plan to their
subordinates and superiors using the
orders proforma as the template.
"Third, we teach trainees differ-
ent styles of leadership they can use
-- showing them how to impose their
will and character upon their subordi-
nates to get the job done.
"Finally, we teach them how to run
an after-action review so they have the
skills to learn from everything they do.
"Warfare is lethal, complex, uncer-
tain and a continuous learning envi-
ronment -- these four skills will help
them survive and do their jobs."
JLC instructor Sgt Daniel
Nawrocki is in his second year at
the academy and said the first thing
instructors expected from a JLC candi-
date was maturity.
"The candidates are soldiers who
were identified by their hierarchy for
potential promotion because they had
already displayed leadership qualities
in their chosen fields," Sgt Nawrocki
"They need to apply themselves,
manage their time and self-critique
their abilities in order to find out
where they went wrong, then imple-
ment a way to make it better."
2RAR driver Pte Emma Guerin has
been in the Army for three years and
said the JLC was, so far, the highlight
of her career.
"My main preparation for JLC
included practising drills on the Steyr
and Minimi with soldiers who had
already done the course, though being
on the course and going through eve-
rybody's weapons lessons all day and
night really drilled it into our heads,"
Pte Guerin said.
"Remembering the drill sequences
and doing the moves correctly were
my biggest challenges, because we
don't do many parades in my unit.
LCpl Mark Doran gets the inside scoop from WO and NCO
Academy instructors on how to prepare for and succeed on the
Junior Leader Course.
"JLC is a lot different from the
atmosphere at Kapooka because the
instructors are more like mentors,
which creates a more relaxed learning
Pte James Murphy is a cargo spe-
cialist at 10FSB and has served in the
Army for five years. He deployed on
Operation Slipper last year and said
all the specialist courses he had so far
completed were an important part of
"I was able to do a lot of prepara-
tion for the course with previous JLC
instructors in my unit and practised
drill, weapons handling and learnt
how to use the resources available on
the DRN such as the Defence Law
Manual," Pte Murphy said.
"My unit helped me refresh the
basic soldiering skills, which was
great preparation for the course and
made the challenges easier.
"During the JLC I found giving
the theory lessons to other soldiers
the most daunting challenge because I
had to try not to read from a prepared
PowerPoint lesson to show I knew and
understood the subject."
A common disadvantage sol-
diers have found is a lack of com-
puter navigation skills when using the
DRN because of the limited computer
access in their normal work routine.
Time management is another
challenge for the candidates and Sgt
Nawrocki said they had a lot of tasks
to complete in a limited amount of
"They have to be able to pri-
oritise and allocate their time to the
skills which need more work," Sgt
"Candidates should have a mature
attitude, be willing to learn and ensure
they are AIRN compliant before the
There were 60 trainees on the
JLC at the WO and NCO Academy's
north Queensland wing at Lavarack
Barracks from May 2 to June 24.
This year academy staff will train 266
members on JLCs.
The WO and NCO Academy website has a
revision package available for pre-course
study, which covers the required pre-course
knowledge base. Follow the JLC link from the
academy website at http://intranet.defence.
Leading the way: From left, Pte James Murphy, Sgt Daniel Nawrocki and Pte Emma Guerin talk about preparation strategies for the Junior Leader
Course. Ptes Murphy and Guerin completed the JLC at Townsville last month with Sgt Nawrocki as one of their instructors. Inset, 3 Bde commander
Brig Stuart Smith (right) speaks to LCpl Tahnee Barnes, 1 MP Bn (left), and Pte Jarred Louden, 1RAR, during the JLC field phase at High Range
Photos by Maj Al Green
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