Warfighting skills tested
Multiple attack, ambush and patrol events allowed A Company to refine battle drills and further develop combat proficiency.
The troops conducted company-level offensive operations including section and platoon fighting patrols, and clearance of key terrain in the area of operations, which allowed for multiple engagements with enemy forces over three days.
The soldiers covered company and platoon denial of route operations, which aimed to prevent the enemy from moving through the terrain, with section and platoon ambushing serials.
A Company patrolled and cleared the enemy main defensive position before forming a company block-and-ambush position over two days.
Officer Commanding A Company Major Nick McArthy said Combat Training Centre Live (CTC-L) observer trainers provided feedback and observations to A Company, allowing the soldiers to develop key processes and refine their tactics and SOPs.
“It was a tough test that forced us to adapt and improve very quickly,” he said.
“The warfighting exercise delivered demanding and relevant training, providing feedback to 2RAR on the conduct of foundation warfighting tasks in preparation for maintaining ready responsibilities within 3 Bde.”
Captain Ben Gooley, 2IC A Company, said the exercise was a success and the soldiers learnt a lot during their time at High Range.
“The warfighting exercise allowed the establishment of our incident management and reporting drills from section to battalion level,” he said.
“Then it validated them under pressure, which we could not have created conducting our own training.”
Commanding Officer CTC-L Lieutenant Colonel Mathew Cuttell said the training was deliberately demanding to ensure it tested and improved the Army’s collective capability.
“We are the wicket-keeper – it is our duty to provide a realistic and demanding environment to test and improve collective capabilities,” he said.
“Force elements should be at a collective training standard that allows them to learn the most from the training and reach their potential rather than starting from a lower baseline.
“Training is pitched at mid to high intensity with the environment and likely threat designed to replicate and match those elements that exist or are likely to exist in a contemporary operating environment.”
Training groups coming to CTC-L can vary from mission rehearsals for a specified operation to contingency force operations in Australia’s primary operating environment to force generation foundation warfighting skills.
Learning conditions include stressing the leadership, military skills and relationships of the members undergoing training, as they would on prolonged and demanding operations.
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