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By LS Paul Berry
TOWNSVILLE field training area
(TFTA) came alive in July to the
familiar sound of blank firing, but
this time things were a little different.
The annual Junior Officer Combat
Instructor Training (JOCIT) course put
27 Indonesian officers and three senior
sergeants through their paces over 17
days in north Queensland.
The course, tailored by the Combat
Training Centre (CTC), teaches
instruction methods, urban operations
drills, counter IED training and ground
sign awareness to improve threat detec-
tion, including for IEDs, mines and
Although these skills can be applied
to a broad range of operational environ-
ments, they are particularly valuable in
peacekeeping operations, a key priority
area of cooperation between the ADF
and the Indonesian military.
This year the course emphasis shift-
ed from jungle to urban operations at
the request of the Indonesians.
Maj Tommy Anderson, 2IC of the
Indonesian contingent, said the shift to
urban operations was a welcome one.
“We have our own jungle warfare
doctrine because it is related to our ter-
rain and conditions but we have never
had experience doing urban military
operations,” Maj Anderson said.
“So we will definitely develop this
back in our home units.”
The training was conducted at the
Combat Training Centre’s jungle train-
ing facility in Tully, with a three-day
activity in the TFTA.
JOCIT Senior Instructor WO2 Peter
Turnbull said the Indonesians were
enthusiastic about the shift to urban
“Having them here has opened up
their eyes to how we, as instructors,
train in urban operations,” he said.
“We introduced them to our meth-
ods of instruction, using the urban
environment as a medium.
“The course members were very
motivated. I was really impressed with
what they were able to achieve.”
Indonesian Capt Amaraldo
Cornelius said it was enlightening to
discover new instructional techniques.
“It is a new experience for me
working with the Australians; they
have top standards and they maintain
their discipline,” he said.
“When we conduct the lessons and
do something wrong they fault cor-
rect, which is a really good way to
The OC of CTC jungle training,
Maj Jim Masters, said another aim of
JOCIT was relationship building.
“The friends you make now can be
developed over the years, particularly
with the younger blokes that stay on in
the Army – they may get to work with
these officers and NCOs again at some
stage,” he said.
For Maj Anderson it was the
Australian mentors who were the high-
“The mentors are actually the best
part; we get to exchange cultures,
views and perceptions, and I respect
them,” he said.
The trip wound up with a three-
day cultural tour in Cairns, taking in
a crocodile farm, the Kuranda Skyrail
and a day of shopping.
International connections: Senior
Instructor WO2 Peter Turnbull briefs
the Indonesian Army personnel
before an activity. Inset, Indonesian
Capt Amaraldo Cornelius leads his
men into a room clearance exercise
at the Townsville Field Training Area.
Stack up: Indonesian trainees prepare to storm a building with guidance from CTC instructors during the Junior Officer Combat Instructor Training Course.
Photos by LS Paul Berry
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