Home' Army News : September 1st 2011 Contents 24 TRAINING
Army September 1, 2011
for ADF members
Fast becoming the #1 tax agent
Maximum returns - We know all the specific deductions, so you get a great tax
return every year!
Phone consultations - All tax returns are completed over the phone, so you
don't have to leave your base, ship or assignment.
One tax agent - We are not limited by locality so you and your family
don't ever have to look for another tax agent again.
Members who have served overseas,
and/or have investment properties
Members who have fallen behind
on lodging their tax returns
Defence Force tax specialists - We have
extensive experience across all ranks
and specialities, including:
Call 1300 763 575 24/7
or visit us online at www.phatreturns.com.au
Introduce your partner to us and they
will receive a discount on our fee
Facing the fight to survive
By Cpl Melanie Schinkel
THE RAAF's Combat Survival
Training School (CSTS) has
implemented significant changes
to its suite of ADF survival courses
during the past 18 months to incor-
porate the latest techniques and
procedures used in operations.
Based at RAAF Base Townsville,
the CSTS offers four survival
courses: Aircrew Environmental
Survival, Aircrew Combat Survival,
Cold Weather Survival and the Unit
Combat Survival Officer's Course.
The school also supplements unit-
specific force preparation training.
All of these courses are available to
ADF personnel, but two of them are
mandatory training for ADF aircrew.
CO CSTS Sqn-Ldr Davin
Augustine said ADF aircrew typical-
ly completed both mandatory aircrew
environmental and combat survival
courses back-to-back in three weeks.
"The environmental survival
course prepares the students to ditch
anywhere in a peacetime environ-
ment. It teaches them how to survive
in sea, arid and jungle environments
both as part of a team and individu-
ally," Sqn-Ldr Augustine said.
"Realistically, after a crash, given
that Australia is so big and its popu-
lation density is so low, there is a
chance aircrew could spend hours or
days waiting for a rescue party.
"The environmental course teach-
es them how to take care of them-
selves at the crash site while they are
"This is a fairly arduous and chal-
lenging course, and the students typi-
cally operate outside of their comfort
zones. At the end of it they feel more
confident about surviving in isolated
and austere environments."
Once the students complete the
two-week Aircrew Environmental
Survival Course they move on to the
week-long Aircrew Combat Survival
Course, which requires them to
apply their learned skills in a simu-
lated non-permissive environment.
"The Aircrew Combat Survival
Course introduces an enemy pres-
ence and teaches the students how to
survive in a hostile setting," Sqn-Ldr
"This course isn't about putting
a dagger in your teeth and engaging
the enemy -- it's about learning how
to evade the enemy and repatriate
with friendly forces.
"We continue to incorporate con-
temporary methods that are being
used in operational theatres around
He said crash site defence train-
ing was a recent addition to the com-
bat survival course.
"The CSTS has never offered
training on defending a crash site
before, now it is one of the many
training opportunities in the combat
"We recognise that it's an impor-
tant task that some aviators or their
passengers may be forced to do."
Once aircrew students complete
both the environmental and combat
survival courses, they are deemed
ready to deploy on operations,
although they are encouraged to also
complete the Cold Weather Survival
Course, held in Mt Hotham, Victoria.
Cold Weather Survival Course
Instructor PO Andrew Watson said
the next cold weather courses,
to be held from between August
27-September 2 would comprise
about 20 students from all three ser-
vices," PO Watson said.
"This course teaches students
how to move, survive and evade the
enemy in a cold environment --above
and below the treeline.
"During the course they learn
cold weather theory as well as practi-
cal skills such as how to build shel-
ter, light a fire and produce fresh
water," PO Watson said.
The final two courses that CSTS
offers are the Unit Combat Survival
Officer's Course, designed to train
unit-specific survival trainers, and
Force Preparation Training, for units
preparing for operations overseas.
"These courses are challenging
but all you need to get through them
is a healthy attitude and sense of
humour," Sqn-Ldr Augustine said.
For more information on the courses visit
the CSTS website on the DRN at http://
"It isn't about
putting a dagger
in your teeth -- it's
about evading the
-- Sqn-Ldr Davin
New skills: Students at the Combat
Survival Training School learn how
to create a signal fire and (inset)
push their physical limits in tough PT
sessions. Photos by PO Andrew Watson
Links Archive August 18th 2011 September 15th 2011 Navigation Previous Page Next Page