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Army August 16, 2012
Anzac Coy tests
Troops in East Timor put their endurance and soldiering skills to the
test in a two-day competition, Sqn-Ldr Paul Lineham reports.
EIGHT sections from
Anzac Company and the
Combat Services Support
Team and the Force
Communications Element tested
their endurance and initiative dur-
ing the International Stabilisation
Force military skills competition
in East Timor on July 24-25.
After a strong showing from
all teams, 3 Section won the com-
petition, which was held at the
Helicopter Point of Disembarkation
forward operating base.
The competition began with a test
of upper body strength with competi-
tors pumping out as many heaves as
possible, followed by up to 50 push
ups and back to the heave bar for a
20-second flex-arm hang.
LCpl Juan Calixto said starting
the competition with the upper-body
test was tough.
"I enjoyed finishing it and the
boys were doing pretty well," he
said.Sections ran in patrol order to the
next stand, which was a memory test.
Teams had two minutes to look
at 20 random items of basic equip-
ment before setting out on a 3.2km
run in patrol order. After the run, the
competitors had to list as a section
all the items they could remember.
Anything over 15 items was con-
sidered a good result, but all teams
scored highly. Three teams recalled
all 20 items, four remembered 18
and one remembered 17.
The afternoon of the first day
was given over to a bull ring of
A first aid scenario on one stand
required the sections to respond to
a vehicle accident that included a pri-
ority-one casualty with an amputated
Another stand simulated a range
incident with an injured soldier.
Rather than the standard weap-
on-assembly stand, four Steyrs were
stripped with the parts mixed. Four
blindfolded section members had to
assemble and disassemble the weapons
with guidance from a fifth member.
Other stands included a mix of
physical exercise, weapon handling,
developing a picket list and plotting
distances on a range card.
The second day of the activity put
the sections through their paces on an
Competition organiser WO2 Matt
Lines wasn't surprised by the high per-
formance of all sections in the activity.
"They're great soldiers but the
people who did surprise me were the
people who went out of their comfort
zones, like the CSST and the sigs," he
"The sigs team went so well they
were awarded the team award in recog-
nition of their gut-busting effort."
... the people who
did surprise me
were those who
went outside their
comfort zones ...
-- WO2 Matt Lines, Anzac Coy
Ready, set, go: Cpl Tavis McLaren points out the running route to his section
during the competition.
Under pressure: Ptes Darcy Demasson and Ben Annett prepare to lift Pte
Thavin Dash on a stretcher at the scene of a mock vehicle accident during the
Anzac Coy military skills competition in Dili, East Timor. Photos by LAC Oliver Carter
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