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Cadets seek adventure
CUO Jay Tapley
MORE than 100 Army and Air Force
Cadets pushed themselves to physical
limits in a week-long pursuit of their
corps' most prestigious badge of recog-
nition, the Adventure Training Award
(ATA), at Majura training area near
Canberra in April.
Known as the toughest activity on
offer in the youth development organisa-
tion, the ATA tested the teenage cadets on
navigation, field engineering and survival
skills, physical and mental endurance,
teamwork, initiative and leadership.
Most of the cadets taking part had
spent several years in the organisation
learning the skills they would use during
the week. Over the course of the activity,
cadets marched an average of 70km and
conducted two activities each day.
The tough physical challenge was a
draw card for most of the participating
cadets. Cadet WO2 Paul Inkratas, 17,
said the ATA gave him a chance to chal-
"You only live once and you get out
what you put in," he said.
A team of cadet leaders worked side-
by-side with instructors and officers from
the Australian Army Cadets, and ARA
and reserve personnel to supervise the
The cadet commander of the activity,
CUO Brydie-Kate Cullen, 19, said the
award was the ultimate sign a cadet had
Cadets from all over Australia test their skills and endurance to receive the Adventure Training Award
mastered the organisation's skills and
"It gives the cadets the chance to test
and evaluate their skills in the field and,
in keeping with the values of the AAC,
tests courage, initiative and teamwork,"
Presenting the successful candidates
with their awards, DCA Maj-Gen Angus
Campbell described the cadets as "future
"These are awards well earned -- the
result of a challenging week and an
enjoyable time," he said.
"Wherever you go in life, reflect on
the sense of pride in yourselves and your
team that you have earned this week.
Keep in mind throughout your life that
whenever you encounter challenge, you
must strive to overcome it.
"And wear the ATA with pride."
THE Directorate of Base
Accountabilities (DBA) has released
two new information brochures out-
lining the roles and responsibilities
of senior Australian defence officers
and base support managers.
The brochures are part of a key DBA
directive to design and deliver training
on these roles and the role of the Head
Base and Customer Support Services
Director General Brig Peter Short said
effective leadership, communication and
relationships were the characteristics of
a functional base.
"The changes free up formation and
unit commanders to concentrate more
time and energy on managing capabil-
ity," he said.
Since 2008, DBA has been respon-
sible for the policy development
and implementation of clear lines of
accountability for Defence base man-
At each base the base support man-
ager is responsible for services and
works with the appointed senior officer
to coordinate base-wide emergency
management, security and workplace
health and safety plans.
The support manager works with the
customers to build constructive relation-
ships and processes to improve service
delivery and capability support at a base.
The brochures contain information
on key principles governing the relation-
ship between Defence Support Group
and units, the roles and responsibilities
of the base support manager and senior
Australian defence officer and contact
details for resources and personnel.
The brochures can be accessed on the Base
Accountabilities website at http://intranet.
New info brochures
explain base roles
Better base management: New information brochures (pictured inset) explain
the roles and responsibilities of key base management positions that will free
up unit commanders to focus on their main roles.
Photo by Cpl Nick Wiseman
Tough going: Cadet WO2 Sebastian De Wilde prepares his pack for a water crossing during the
Adventure Training Award at the Majura training area near Canberra. Inset, DCA Maj-Gen Angus Campbell
presents each cadet with the coveted ATA badge.
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