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Army March 14, 2013
NEW range regulations for small
arms live-fire practices come into
effect next month.
The dated MLW 2-9-2 Range
Regulations from 1996 will be
superseded by the new range pub-
lication LWP-G 7-3-1 ADF Range
Orders (Land) 2012.
The Combined Arms Training
Centre's small arms policy and
safety officer, Maj Paul Hopkins,
said although the previous publica-
tion was safe, it had not completely
kept up with modern range prac-
tices and information.
"The review of MLW 2-9-2
confirmed it would need a signifi-
cant update to reflect contemporary
range training activities and stay
relevant as the ADF's one range
safety publication," he said.
The new publication is more
concise than the one it replaces and
includes a chapter that consolidates
all range category information,
with more range-specific details in
The doctrine has been rewrit-
ten to standardise weapon safety
procedures for all three services
and incorporate specialised Navy
and Air Force requirements as well
as new topics such as maritime
practices for water transport units,
formation-level range practices and
the use of Australian ranges by for-
Maj Hopkins said the Small
Arms Policy and Safety Branch
added several new items to the
"We have expanded the doc-
ument to include topics such as
laser safety, close-quarter shooting,
advanced training safety and multi-
category range practices to make it
more contemporary," he said.
"The publication has been peer
reviewed using weapons staff from
across the ADF and a number of
changes have been made based on
CATC will release a signal
advising units of the change-over
date. This signal will include
migration policy for units con-
ducting training on the date of the
From April all range shoots
must follow the new regulations.
Download the new publication by search-
ing for "range safety" at
Download the comparison Matrix
between the MLW 2-9-2 and LWP-G 7-3-1
to include topics
such as laser
safety and multi-
-- Maj Paul Hopkins,
Combined Arms Training Centre
New rules for
Publication updated to include new training and technology
Straight shooting: The Combined Arms Training Centre has released new range regulations, updating
the 1996 document with safety information for new range types.
File photo by Cpl Guy Young
CA LT-GEN David Morrison has
appointed two new Tier C RSMs who
will take up their new positions in
January next year.
WO1 Craig Egan, of RAE, has been
appointed RSM 1 Div.
WO1 Egan joined the Army in 1982
as a combat engineer. He is an experi-
enced EOD technician and manager.
He has served as RSM of a number
of units including 1CER, 8CER and
MUR. He spent two years with the
Papua New Guinea Defence Force as a
combat engineer instructor.
He is a graduate of the US Army
Sergeant Majors' Academy, where he
also instructed, and was RSM 4 Bde. He
has served two tours in Afghanistan and
on humanitarian duties in Pakistan as
well as on Operation Relex. He is cur-
rently the Corps RSM for RAE.
WO1 Mustafa Jesenkovic, of
RAAMC, has been appointed Command
Sergeant Major -- Training. He also
joined the Army in 1982. He has been
the RSM of the School of Army Health
and ALTC and served last year as RSM
He has also served operationally as
RSM CJTF 635 on Operation Anode in
the Solomon Islands and has deployed
to Cambodia, Bougainville and on
humanitarian duties after the Boxing
He is a recipient of the Conspicuous
Service Cross and the Medal of the
Order of Australia, a rare double rec-
ognition. He is currently developing
the Warrant Officer Career Pathways
Strategy at DSCM-A.
RSM-A WO Dave Ashley con-
gratulated both warrant officers on their
"It is noteworthy and serves as an
example that both have spent time at our
training establishments," WO Ashley
"This goes to the great development
opportunity afforded by service in our
training units and these postings always
set a soldier up well for the future.
"There was a pool of truly excellent
Moving up: WO1 Craig Egan (top)
and WO1 Mustafa Jesenkovic are
congratulated on their respective
appointments as RSM 1 Div and
Command Sergeant Major --
Training respectively by RSM-A
WO Dave Ashley.
soldiers considered for the panels for
these two positions. Those who made
the panels were outstanding, any one of
which would be very capable of these
two senior positions and both WO1 Egan
and Jesenkovic were selected by our
generals from these lists.
"These are two great soldiers who
will make very valuable contributions to
1 Div and training. The selection process
has demonstrated that Army has a very
talented pool of RSMs.
"My personal congratulations to them
both and I look forward to working with
them over the next few years."
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