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SENIOR warrant officers
brushed-up on strategic
thinking and supporting
senior leadership decision-
making on current Defence issues,
during the first purpose-built Joint
Warrant Officer Course, or JWOC,
at the Command and Staff College
late last year.
Thirteen Army warrant officers
were joined by those from Navy, Air
Force and the NZ Army making 28
people on the course.
The JWOC, which is likely to be
run once a year, aims to prepare sen-
ior warrant officers for tier “B” or “C”
positions by helping them understand
wider Defence strategic policy and
Lt-Col Nick Floyd, instructor at
the Australian Command and Staff
College, said the course was designed
and developed in response to a grow-
ing awareness over recent years of
a shortfall in warrant officer profes-
sional military education.
“There has been a growing realisa-
tion that our senior warrant officers
had the potential to contribute and
offer more to Defence’s mission,” he
“Defence hadn’t, up until now,
been giving them the opportunity
to maximise their contribution and
In keeping with this, JWOC stu-
dents were encouraged to keep in
mind “bigger picture” issues in their
support to Defence’s senior leadership
decision-making and staff processes.
“For instance, a future warrant
officer of the Navy needs to be mind-
ful of the fact that he should not just
advocate that all Defence resources
should go to Navy,” Lt-Col Floyd
“All the other Services and Groups
have to be properly resourced, because
Navy just doesn’t work in isolation.”
The course is designed to make it
easier for senior warrant officers to
get established in their future post-
ings without needing to feel their way
around, according to Lt-Col Floyd.
“It also gives an opportunity for
each of the students to share their own
knowledge and experience with pre-
senters and staff, as well as with each
other,” he said.
WO1 Brett Brown, RSM of
Infantry Corps and a student on the
course, said being around warrant
officers from all three Services helped
him understand the wider ADF.
“I’ve been learning just as
much from them as I have from the
lectures,” he said.
“How similarly we do some
things, but how differently we do
“It’s very insightful; the course is
broken up with the first part being a
perspective of the overall strategic
picture and senior leadership issues,
and then a detailed background on the
fundamentals of capability.”
Lt-Col Floyd said the course sup-
ported efforts towards a change in
culture, with an emphasis on leader-
ship with moral courage at all levels.
To change the culture we can
inspire people to think, perform
and behave in a way that best sup-
ports Defence’s mission in serving
Australia and its interests,” he said.
WO1 Brown believed the course
built on how things were already
starting to change.
“However, it provided important
insight that will help me in my new
role as RSM of Infantry Corps,” he
“Understanding all of the high-
er command interactions across the
Services and Groups will help to give
me a broader perspective on wider
WOs build on skills
First purpose-built joint warrant officer course combines the services, Cpl Max Bree reports.
Course: Junior Leader Course, Townsville
Enlistment date: October 25, 2010
Corps: Australian Army Catering Corps
Employment history: I enlisted and
was allocated to the Catering Corps as a
steward. On May 16, 2013, I was posted to
3CSR at the completion of IET.
Expectations of the course: I believed that
it would help my professional development
to gain exposure and consider different
views from across all corps within the Army.
I wanted to hone my experiences and skills
into being an effective leader and mentor.
Greatest challenge of the course: I had to
work directly with all corps. This presented
challenges to dispel myths about non-
combat corps, and how we fit into the battle
space, as well as being able to take on
board other ideas and experiences.
Lesson learnt from the course: As a
junior leader you must stand behind your
professionalism and morals and not be
afraid to speak out about what is right and
appropriate to any member, regardless of
rank, for the benefit of the Army. A junior
leader must make a decision even though
it may not be popular, but to also have
empathy and understanding when making
Thoughts of the future: I am in the role of
an instructor at DFSS, using skills acquired
on the JLC.
Course: Junior Leader Course,
Enlistment date: June 24, 2003
Unit: School of Signals
Corps: Signals Corps
Employment history: I joined
Army as a telecommunications
tech and was posted to 3CSR.
I was then posted to the Army
Logistic Training Centre to
complete the technicians
course. The next posting cycle
was to Defence Force School
of Signals, followed by 1CSR,
then back to DFSS where I am
Expectations of the course:
To come away with the
knowledge to deliver lessons as
Greatest challenge of the
course: I found the course
interesting but there were
no great challenges that I
Lesson learnt from the course:
It is great to now have the ability
to understand how to structure
and deliver lessons.
Thoughts of the future with
the new skills: I am in the role
as an instructor at DFSS, using
skills acquired on the JLC.
Nelson on the
Pte Rachel Garreffa
Sig Albert Robilliard
JUNIOR LEADER COURSE STUDENTS OF MERIT
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