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Army October 27, 2011
gt Andrew Hetherington
OMD welcomed into its ranks
ewest commandos to pass the
ous Commando Selection and
ning Course (CSTC) and the
mando Reinforcement Training
Cycle (CRTC) with a beret presenta-
tion at Victoria Barracks, Sydney on
Special Forces Training Centre
(SFTC) Commandant Lt-Col J said the
beret presentation was a formal way of
recognising the significant achievements
of the new Socomd soldiers and officers.
"At the beginning of the year 104
ADF men began the journey to reinforce
Socomd and we graduated 28 comman-
does today," Lt-Col J said.
"They have successfully completed a
number of both physically and psycholog-
ically demanding training packages over
the past 332 days to earn the privilege of
wearing the coveted green beret."
From October 24, the 28 men will
be posted to either 1 Cdo Regt or 2 Cdo
Regt and some will soon either be serving
in the Tactical Assault Group (East) or
deploy on operations overseas.
Among the new commandos was Pte
D, who entered the Army after applying
to the Special Forces Direct Recruiting
Scheme in 2009. His reasons for joining
were influenced by family members who
had also served in the Army.
"My brother served in infantry, I have
a cousin in cavalry and other more distant
relatives in other jobs," Pte D said.
"SF for me was being able to serve the
country to the best of my ability and will
push me to do my best every day."
Before joining the Army Pte D ran his
own businesses, was a professional rugby
league player and worked in the mining
and construction industries.
"My wife and I have three young chil-
work to organise for me to be away from
them for 18 months," he said.
"For me, after doing recruit training
at Kapooka, I went to Singleton and did
the Infantry IET and Advanced Infantry
Training package run by SFTC before
doing the CSTC and CRTC.
"It was pretty hard for me to be at my
best and be injury free for that amount of
He said getting through the training
had been the pinnacle of his working life.
"It feels great and it's the biggest
achievement of my working career, as it
covers service to my country as well as
giving me a chance to work with some of
the best professionals," Pte D said.
"I'm looking forward to working away
with my mates, the camaraderie and shar-
ing the highs and lows we'll face."
Capt S was one of the officers who
proudly received his piece of green felt
at the ceremony and was posted to 2 Cdo
He said moving into a SF role was not
a hard choice for him.
"At the beginning of the year I was
facing six years of being a captain,
removed from a command position in a
combat role, which was what I joined the
Army to do," Capt S said.
"Working within SF as a captain
allows you the opportunity to command
again on the front line."
After graduating from RMC in 2006
he went to 1RAR, serving there for two
years which included a deployment to
"I always had an interest in SF when
I was at 1RAR and after spending time
working with the Special Operations Task
Group (SOTG) elements in Afghanistan
the real drive to become SF began," Capt
"I began studying and put in a full 12
months of solid training last year in the
lead up to selection."
He said it was an experience he would
"It's a massive relief and I'm very
happy to have made it to the end. It was
the hardest thing I've done in my Army
career, hands down," Capt S said.
"The one key thing which stands out
when I think about the CSTC and CRTC
was you must have resolve to keep push-
ing through whatever is put in front of you.
"There were a number of times
I thought I would be dropped from the
course or I hadn't performed as well as I
should, but I kept slogging away at it and
was still there at the end."
WANT TO JOIN SPECIAL FORCES?
SFTC Commandant Lt-Col J
said Socomd was always look-
ing to recruit people to serve in
the diverse roles and environ-
ments of the ADF's SF soldiers.
"We are looking for versatile,
agile, adaptable and robust
individuals, who are profes-
sional soldiers, good at their art
and who are able to be trained
in complex skills. They must be
quick on their feet and remain
focused on the outcomes of the
mission," he said.
"We also hold a couple of
personal attributes near and
dear to us; successful can-
didates must be humble and
retain a sense of humour. At the
end of the day when life is dif-
ficult, it's often the guy who has a sense
of humour who will pick himself up and
bring the team along with him.
"When they march out of the SFTC
they are tough soldiers, second to none
in the ADF and are second to none in
the global SF community."
Applications for the 2012 CSTC
course close on November 18.
For more information on becoming a com-
mando go to http://www.defencejobs.gov.au/
army/jobs/Commando/ or on the DRN http://
AIR FORCE TRANSFER SUCCEEDS IN MISSION
ONE of the 28 who exerted himself
to almost breaking point was a for-
mer Air Force Airfield Defence Guard
corporal, now Pte B.
"I served in the Air Force and
deployed to East Timor with Interfet
when it began and after a while I
decided to transfer to Army Special
Forces because it was the next step
up for me," Pte B said.
"The opportunity came up for me
to do the Advanced Infantry Training
work to get here today."
Pte B has already noticed differ-
ences between Air Force and Army.
"There's a different culture com-
pared to the Air Force and the [Army]
blokes stick together a little bit more
in a team," Pte B said.
"Joining the Army was not always
something I wanted to do, but I've
always held the SF as an aiming
point as something I've wanted to do
in my career."
He said finally wearing a green
beret felt great.
"It's the beginning of a new path
for me and my family," Pte B said.
"They are excited and really sup-
portive of my career.
"For me there's a road ahead full
of adventures and new challenges."
Commandos: Three of the Army's 28 newest commandos try on their green berets for the first time at
Victoria Barracks in Sydney.
Photo by Sgt Andrew Hetherington
Tough: Only the most physically and
psychologically capable candidates pass
commando selection. Photo by Cpl Chris Moore
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