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TODAY'S RSMs work in a
complex and dynamic envi-
ronment requiring them to
maintain centuries of mili-
tary tradition while embracing and
supporting the cultural developments
that make the modern Army stronger.
With this in mind the Warrant
Officer and Non-Commissioned Officer
(WO&NCO) Academy's latest RSM
Course was revised to help prepare par-
ticipants for the top enlisted job.
Academy RSM WO1 Andrew
Roberts says the course is designed to
revise, confirm and reinforce the mas-
tery of a collection of skills developed
over a soldier's extended career.
"Everyone who attends the course
is an experienced soldier so we don't
need to teach them soldiering, but we
do need to reinforce their understand-
ing of five major disciplines -- com-
mand, management, leadership, opera-
tions and training," WO1 Roberts says.
"These disciplines cover a diverse
range of subjects that not only empow-
er the RSM as the senior soldier with-
in the unit, but better prepare him or
her to support the commanding officer
in what is a complex and demanding
appointment and a unique relationship."
The modern military environment
presents a unique challenge for new
RSMs, for which the course aims to
prepare participants, according to WO1
"Today's soldiers are on average
better educated than ever before and
their jobs require more technical skill,
which places more pressure on the
RSM as the unit's senior soldier," he
Only a select few soldiers are
chosen to attend the RSM Course
every year and only one can be named
trainee of merit.
For the latest course, held in
Canungra, that honour went to WO2
Bradley Bargenquast, a member of
3CSSB when he attended the course.
He is now posted to the WO&NCO
Academy North Queensland at
Lavarack Barracks in Townsville.
He says it's the most rewarding and
professionally run course he's experi-
enced in his military career.
"The staff were excellent and very
helpful," he says. "It really helped me
polish the knowledge I had as well
as providing an insight into some of
the complexities I could expect as an
"We were treated like peers and
encouraged to challenge everything
placed before us.
"The learning environment estab-
lished by the Academy made it pos-
sible to focus on the experiences and
takeaways of several visiting lecturer
RSMs, most notably the three RSMs
who attended the course in 2011 and
are now appointed as RSMs."
The Trainee of Merit award is pre-
sented to the trainee who has been
identified as consistently displaying
the highest attributes required by an
RSM, including skills, knowledge, atti-
tude, leadership and effort.
To be considered, a trainee must be
assessed as academically outstanding
and impressive in terms of his or her
As Trainee of Merit, WO2
Bargenquast received a Pace Stick
inscribed with his details and the
RSM-A Perpetual Trophy with his
name added to the list of the course's
previous outstanding achievers.
The award also includes a copy of
the book Blamey The Commander-In-
Chief and a certificate of excellence.
The items are all donated by the Field
Marshal Sir Thomas Blamey Trust
According to WO1 Roberts, the
award recognises WO2 Bargenquast's
effort and dedication throughout the
"It's only fitting we congratulate
WO2 Bargenquast on his efforts on
course," WO1 Roberts says. "Just as
importantly, all the trainees on the
course deserve congratulations for
completing the premier course in the
All Corps Soldier Training Continuum.
They're all at the peak of their military
careers and should be proud of how far
At the top of their game
The final milestone in the Soldier Training Continuum prepares senior soldiers for one of the most crucial roles in any unit.
The senior soldier: The WO&NCO Academy's RSM Course prepares the Army's most experienced soldiers to take on the unique challenges of their future roles. File photo by Capt Jay Ellul
FOCUS ON TRAINEES
THIS is the first in a
series of regular features
in Army highlighting the
achievements of trainees of
merit on WO&NCO Academy
Academy RSM WO1
Andrew Roberts hopes the
features will help soldiers
prepare for future courses.
"From the Junior Leader
Course through to the RSM
Course, preparation is the
key to success," he says.
"Hopefully our trainees
of merit can share some of
their experiences and their
secrets to success with
the next round of soldiers
Awarded: WO2 Bradley
Bargenquast was named trainee
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