Published on: 16 August 2018

The School’s Army Cadet Unit conducted their Term 3 Field Training Exercise (FTX) at Bindoon training area over the recent weekend with ‘navigation’ being the centre focus.

The training exercise saw the cadets put into practise their learnt theory to date and on reaching the training area, establish their platoon positions and compile their navigation data sheets for use in the exercise.

“All participants embarked the NAVEX on Sunday morning in pairs. After three legs they married up with other pairs and merged into bricks (four man half sections), then into sections for the remainder of the course. Pending on the accuracy of their navigation, the boys covered between 14 to 16 kilometres in full marching order before culminating the day with a well-earned barbeque dinner,” said Major Duane Nurse, Co-ordinator of Army Cadets.

“The next day, the unit moved to Irwin Barracks to the 10th Light Horse lines. There, they conducted a day’s worth of weapon training in preparation for Friday marksmanship training, taking place under simulation in the coming weeks. The boys will live fire during the Annual Field Exercise in the first week of the September school holidays.”

“Concurrently, our Year 11s underwent First Aid training through St John Ambulance and attained their ‘Provide First Aid’ qualification. They also had a look at the Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicle (PMV).”

“Overall, the training exercise was high tempo with cadets confirming their navigation competency, fitness levels and new skills learnt. The unit looks forward to applying these skills at the upcoming Brigade Annual Camp.”

“Well done to all the boys and staff involved for their efforts.”