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Army July 21, 2011
By Maj Andrew Dixon
EVERY RSM-A to date and in the
future will have one thing in com-
mon -- they will have attended all
corps soldier training, and like the
RSMs before them, they will have
graduated through the Warrant
Officer and Non Commissioned
Officer (WONCO) Academy.
And, somewhere in one of the
courses being conducted by the
WONCO today, is a future RSM-A.
That soldier could be a private train-
ing to be a corporal or a corporal
training to be a sergeant or a WO
training to be an RSM.
According to CO WONCO
Academy Lt-Col Anthony Duus,
leadership potential starts early in a
soldier's career and training soldiers
to think rather than react is a major
part of the doctrine of the academy.
"We are grooming the future
RSM-A now," he said.
"We don't recruit like BHP and
transfer an individual across later-
ally and say 'you show potential and
therefore we will groom you for the
"We are about teaching people to
think, it is not what they have to think
about but the process of thinking."
RSM-A WO Stephen Ward, like
every RSM-A before him and every
RSM-A after him, completed every
WONCO course as a student and has
since attended every course to talk to
students about the qualities of being
an Australian soldier.
In addition to their tradition-
al warfighting skills, soldiers must
understand the law of armed conflict,
rules of engagement, international
law, cultural and humanitarian issues
as well as being able to use their ini-
tiative and take control of situations
in the absence of higher-level leaders.
A lot of traditional training
requires knowledge gained through
rote learning and is based on drills
and SOPs, resulting in automatic
reaction -- useful when soldiers are
tired, shocked and relying upon oth-
ers in large teams.
Adaptive campaigning requires
soldiers to be more flexible in a pre-
vailing situation -- in other words,
training must make soldiers compe-
tent to take responsibility for deci-
sions and their actions.
Lt-Col Duus and his staff throw
everything into the training conduct-
ed at the academy and expose sol-
diers to various scenarios and roles.
"As a commander, for example,
our soldiers are required to interact
with the local population, allowing
for a constant interaction with the
people indigenous to that particular
deployment region," Lt-Col Duus
said.To provide them with realistic
experiences Lt-Col Duus' advice to
the operational guys was "we want to
be a cap short of an evil genius".
The complexity and uncertainty
takes the students by surprise -- there
is no left and right of arc.
"Army's future leaders are asked
to do a difficult job in physically
and mentally demanding situations,"
Lt-Col Duus said.
"It is about will and character and
about imparting their will and charac-
ter onto people.
"All of the courses are designed
for maximum exposure to think
All systems go: As well as learning traditional warfighting skills, soldiers undergo
comprehensive training in all facets of being a soldier at WONCO Academy.
Photo by Phillip Vavasour
Student to teacher: RSM-A WO
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