Australian Commando Application Process

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Australian Commando Application Process

Post by Cutaway on Tue 08 Jun 2010, 3:50 pm



Commandos are highly skilled Special Forces soldiers.
As a Commando you will be trained to an exceptionally high level, both
physically and mentally and be expected to perform accordingly. A
Commando is mentally tough, quick thinking, innovative and can keep a
cool head in difficult and complex situations all over the world.Job Details

Other Ranks (Non Technical), Other Ranks (Non Technical) (Reserve)

Commandos
are highly skilled soldiers who are trained and qualified in a range of
advanced specialist weapons and equipment and can deploy to their area
of operations over long distances using a wide range of insertion
methods. Commandos can operate in a variety of demanding operational
situations in any region of the world where Australia's national
interests are served. In recent times, Commandos have deployed to a
wide range of locations including East Timor, Iraq, Afghanistan and the
Solomon Islands. Commandos work hard and for long hours,
therefore you must be mentally tough, able to cope with extended
irregular hours and have a demonstrated ability to balance your
professional and personal responsibilities. As a Commando you will be
expected to undertake new tasks quickly, respond effectively to
challenges and to adapt to different environments. This includes the
ability to operate effectively and without signs of undue stress, panic
or excessive fear when exposed to heights, in dark confined spaces, in
the ocean or in a surf zone at any time, either alone or as part of a
team. Main Job FunctionsAs a Commando
you will form part of one of Australia’s highly respected Special
Forces units being either 1st Commando Regiment and 2nd Commando
Regiment. You will use advanced infantry tactics and specialist weapons
and equipment with stealth, surprise and the precise application of
hard-hitting shock action in a range of operations. Some of the tasks you will be required to perform as a Commando are:

  • Accurately employ a range of advanced weapon systems (including night aiming devices);
  • Fight at close quarters with weapons;
  • Participate in a reconnaissance or fighting patrol in both urban and rural operations;
  • Destroy targets using explosives;
  • Parachute onto land or into water;
  • Participate in Tactical Air Land Operations from both fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft;
  • Embark and disembark from amphibious insertion craft in surf (beach and rocky landings) and from parent craft;
  • Ascend and descend vertical obstacles using military roping and caving ladder climbing techniques;
  • Operate intra-unit communications equipment;
  • Conduct manual entry to urban structures;
  • Comply with the Laws of Armed Conflict (LOAC), Rules of Engagement (ROE) and adhere to Orders for Opening Fire (OFOF);
  • Conduct airborne rappelling and fast roping (including suspended extraction); and
  • Operate amphibious boats as coxswain / bowman as part of a flotilla.
As
a Commando soldier you must also be capable of transitioning from
special operations to conventional operations when required. Being
a Commando is no ordinary career. It will take you beyond the limits of
conventional soldiering, challenging you to perform at a level past
anything you will have encountered in your civilian life. You are
likely to learn more about yourself and what you are capable of, both
physically and mentally, than you would have thought possible. However,
being a Special Forces soldier is a unique and rewarding career.
Entry

Other Ranks (Non Technical), Other Ranks (Non Technical) (Reserve)

The
only method of Direct Enlistment as a Commando in the Australian Army
is through the Special Forces Direct Recruitment Scheme. This scheme
requires you to enter the Army either full time as a General Entry
(Non-Technical Trainee) or Part Time as a General Entry (Non-Technical
Trainee) (Reserve). You will be enlisted in the Infantry Corps.As
a Special Forces Direct Recruitment Scheme General Entry Commando you
will graduate from your Basic Military training, Infantry Initial
Employment Training and Commando Re-inforcement Training with the rank
of private. As with other jobs within the Army, you will be eligible to
be promoted to higher ranks. Based on your performance, time in your
rank, the successful completion of both Army and Commando promotion
courses and vacancies, you can expect to be considered for promotion to
Lance Corporal, Corporal, Sergeant and Warrant Officer as your career
progresses.
Pay & Allowances

Other Ranks (Non Technical)

While
undertaking your basic military (Recruit) training, you will receive
basic trainee pay of: $1,178 per fortnight ($30,709 per year).* On
successful completion of your basic training, your salary will increase
to $1,346 per fortnight ($35,096 per year)* while undertaking your
Infantry initial employment training at the School of Infantry,
Singleton; your Advanced Infantry Training Program and your Commando
Initial Employment Training. While under training, you will also receive $326 per fortnight ($8,512 per year) Trainee Allowance. As
well, you will receive an allowance for each day that you are required
to spend in the field during your basic, initial employment, Advanced
Infantry Training Program and your Commando Initial Employment
Training. Field allowance is either $29.47 or $50.23 per day (depending
on the type of field training being undertaken). On successful
completion of your Commando Selection and Training Course, you will be
recognised as a qualified Commando Grade One. At this point you will be
paid at pay grade six at a rate of $2,050 per fortnight ($53,458 per
year). You will continue to receive this level of pay through your
Commando Re-inforcement Training Cycle. On successful
completion of the Commando Selection and Training Course, you will be
entitled to Service Allowance at the rate of $435 per fortnight
($11,355 per year). This is to compensate you for the unique
requirements that service life may impose on an individual and his or
her family. You will also receive Trainee Special Forces Disability
Allowance at the rate of $789 per fortnight ($20,578 per year). This is
to compensate for Commando training you will be undertaking during your
Re-inforcement Cycle. As well, you will receive Uniform Allowance of
$419 per year to assist in maintaining your uniform. Your pay and
allowances gives you a salary of $3,291 per fortnight ($85,810 per
year)* at this stage. After successfully completing the
Commando Re-inforcement Training Cycle and being qualified as a
Commando, your salary will increase to pay grade seven at a rate of
$2193 per fortnight ($57,178 per year). You will be entitled to Service
Allowance at the rate of $435 per fortnight ($11,355 per year) and
receive Trainee Special Forces Disability Allowance at the rate of
$1,052 per fortnight ($27,434 per year) and a Uniform Allowance of $419
per year. Your pay and allowances will give you a salary of $96,386. *Note:
These figures do not include compulsory deductions for taxation; meals,
accommodation and utilities (as applicable); or superannuation. Other Ranks (Non Technical) (Reserve)

Salary while undertaking Military (Recruit) Training is $73.20 per day tax free which is equal to $1025 per fortnight tax free.After
successful completion of your basic training, you will continue your
training as a Reservist on Continuous Full Time Service. As such, your
salary will be the same as a full-time soldier. This will continue
whilst you undertake Infantry Initial Employment training at the School
of Infantry, Singleton. You will continue to receive this level of pay
through your Accelerated Infantry Training Program and Commando and
Selection Training Course.You will also receive an allowance for
each day that you are required to spend in the field during your basic,
initial employment, Accelerated Infantry Training Program and your
Commando Initial Employment Training. Field allowance is either $29.47
or $50.23 per day depending on the type of field training being
undertaken.At the successful completion of your Commando
Selection and Training Course, you will be recognised as a qualified
Commando Grade One. At this point you may commence training in Army
Reserve service or continue your training under an extended full-time
service contract. As a Reservist you will be paid up to $124.42 per day
tax free (including a Service Allowance of $11.72).These courses
will qualify you to Commando Grade Two in which you will be qualified
to be employed as a private soldier within 1st Commando Regiment on pay
grade 7 at $156.65 per day tax free. You will also receive Special
Forces Disability Allowance of $75.16 per day and Service Allowance of
$11.72. You can expect the total of your salary and allowance to be
$243.53 per day tax free.* Note: These figures do not include
compulsory deductions for taxation; meals, accommodation and utilities
(as applicable); or superannuation.
General Requirements

Age Requirement

Commandos must be aged between 19 and 30 years inclusive on the day of enlistment.Citizenship Requirement

Only
Australian citizens are permitted to serve in the ADF, however
applicants who do not meet this criterion may be considered for a
waiver of the citizenship requirement if they are a permanent resident
in Australia.ADF citizenship requirements will be met for applicants, if either of the following apply:

  • You are an Australian citizen; or
  • You
    are a permanent resident who can provide a Department of Immigration
    and Citizenship (DIAC) receipt to prove you have applied for Australian
    citizenship.
Information to identify eligibility requirements and the application process for Australian citizenship is available here or contact DIAC on 131 880. For
applicants who do not meet the above criteria, the ADF may consider a
waiver of the Citizenship requirements if you are a permanent resident
who is not currently eligible to apply for Australian citizenship. Each
case will be considered on its merits, but you must be prepared to sign
an undertaking to apply for citizenship after completing at least 3
months service in the ADF or at least 6 months part-time service in the
ADF Reserve. (Permanent residents become eligible to apply for
citizenship on completion of 3 months service in the ADF or 6 months
part-time service in the ADF Reserve).Note: 6 months part-time
service is equivalent to 130 days service for the purposes of
determining eligibility to apply for citizenship.A permanent resident who enters the ADF will have their service terminated if they subsequently:

  • Fail to apply for citizenship when eligible to do so;
  • Are not offered citizenship; or
  • Fail to accept citizenship when it is offered.
Security Requirement

The Department of Defence requires ADF entrants to obtain a security clearance appropriate to their avenue of entry. A
process of background checks, collection of relevant information and,
as required, interviews enables the Regional Security Office to make an
informed assessment of an applicant's suitability for a security
clearance. Current policy requires applicants for this
particular avenue of entry to have lived in Australia for the preceding
10 years, or have a checkable background for this period.Aptitude Requirement

It is essential that you have the ability to cope with the
intellectual demands placed on you during your Commando training
and service. This requires you to possess a high level of aptitude.
To determine whether you do or do not have the necessary aptitude,
you will be required to undertake a series of aptitude tests.Gender Restriction

Other Ranks (Non Technical), Other Ranks (Non Technical) (Reserve)

To be eligible for service as a Commando (ECN079) you must be male.
All Commando (ECN079) positions are direct combat positions and
Government policy currently precludes women from being employed in
these positions.
Education Requirements

Other Ranks (Non Technical), Other Ranks (Non Technical) (Reserve)

Completion of Australian Year 9 education (or equivalent) with passes in English and Mathematics,If
you do not satisfy the education requirements for this trade but did
attempt Year 10, your application may be considered on a case by case
basis;orYou may be eligible to sit an Alternative
Education Equivalency (AEE) assessment to ascertain your ability at the
required educational level for this trade. Recruiting staff can provide
further information.

Medical & Fitness Requirements

Other Ranks (Non Technical), Other Ranks (Non Technical) (Reserve)

Service
as a Commando in Australia's Special Forces is physically and mentally
demanding and requires a high level of individual robustness, strength
and endurance. Therefore, you must be medically and physically fit and
psychologically suitable to undertake Special Forces selection and
reinforcement training.Medical. Your medical
fitness will be assessed by a doctor, prior to enlistment. This
assessment will require you to complete an extensive questionnaire
covering your medical history and it will be followed by a
comprehensive physical examination.Physical.
You will also be required to successfully pass a Special Forces
Pre-Fitness Assessment (PFA) before enlistment. This PFA requires you
to achieve a higher standard than the general entry fitness level for
the Army. You must be able to complete:

  • Beep test (shuttle run) to level 10.1;
  • 30 push ups; and
  • 60 sit-ups.
The
above PFA describes the minimum standard for enlistment as a Commando,
however, a higher level of physical fitness will increase your chances
of success. The most suitable candidates for Commando training are
those who regularly participate in arduous work, team
or individual sports, individual or group fitness activities or
outdoors-adventurous pursuits.Psychological.
Prior to enlistment, your psychological suitability will be assessed by
a psychologist. This assessment will require you to complete a series
of questionnaires and a comprehensive interview.
Period of Service

Other Ranks (Non Technical)

Applicants
enlisting through the Special Forces Direct Recruitment Scheme as a
Commando are required to serve for an initial minimum period of service
of four years. However, you are not required to accept this until you
have completed your Recruit training. At this point you are required to
accept an initial period of service of four years to be eligible to
commence Infantry Initial Employment Training.If you are
unsuccessful in completing your recruit training, you can seek
'discharge at own request' and are not required to complete the initial
minimum period of service. However, if you are unsuccessful at Infantry
Initial Employment Training or any subsequent training after that, and
choose to withdraw from the Scheme, or if you are found to be
unsuitable for service in Special Forces, you will be required to
complete your initial minimum period of service within the general Army.In
this case, you will also be given the opportunity to be employed as an
infantry soldier or in another trade within the general Army. This will
be negotiated on a case by case basis. This is designed to ensure the
ADF recovers reasonable value from its investment in your training and
development.Applications to resign or transfer to the Reserves
from personnel who have not completed their initial minimum period of
service will not normally be approved unless compassionate or otherwise
compelling personal reasons exist.Other Ranks (Non Technical) (Reserve)

All
candidates who are appointed or enlisted into the Army Reserve may
undertake volunteer service until age 65 (Compulsory Retiring Age)
subject to the requirements of the Army and suitability for further
service. Members may transfer out of an active element of the Army
Reserve at any time.Reservist applicants accepted for the
Special Forces Direct Recruiting Scheme wishing to transfer to
full-time Army service will be required to complete a minimum 12 months
of service in 1st Commando Regiment prior to any transfer being
accepted.
Military Training

Other Ranks (Non Technical), Other Ranks (Non Technical) (Reserve)

Army Recruit Training: 80 DaysYou
will be required to complete the standard basic recruit course at the
Army Recruit Training Centre, Kapooka, Wagga Wagga, NSW. Both full-time
and Reserve Commando entrants complete the 80 day recruit course.You
will complete this training with a platoon of other candidates who are
part of the Special Forces direct recruitment scheme. This is your
basic military training and all personnel who enlist in the Australian
Army are required to successfully complete it. This training will
develop in you the necessary skills and qualities to become an
Australian Army soldier. It will also provide you with the knowledge
and skills you require in order to be able to undertake your initial
employment training.For further details on recruit training, refer to the Joining instructions.
These instructions will provide you and your family with enough
information to arrange your personal affairs before enlistment in the
Army, and to give you an idea of what you will be doing on the recruit
course. On successful completion of Recruit training, and
before commencing Infantry initial employment training, full-time
applicants will be required to commit to a four year initial minimum
period of service. If during training, you are assessed as
unsuitable to continue, or are temporarily unsuitable, you will not be
permitted to continue with the scheme. In this case you will be
encouraged to undertake training for one of the critical support trades
within the Special Forces or in the general Army. If you accept either
of these options, you will be given another offer. Alternatively, you
may elect to 'discharge at own request'.If you do accept an
offer to serve in a critical support trade in Special Forces or the
general Army, you can apply again for Commando (ECN 079) selection and
training after you have completed 12 months of general Army service. When
you have completed basic recruit training you will have reached the
standard of a basic soldier. You will have developed the qualities and
acquired the knowledge, skills and attitudes which are necessary to
progress further in the Army. Further information is available at the Army Recruit Training Centre website.During
Military (Initial Recruit) Training and (Initial) Employment Training,
members may be required to pay a contribution towards meals,
accommodation and utilities.

Employment Training

Other Ranks (Non Technical), Other Ranks (Non Technical) (Reserve)

Commandos, whether ARA or ARes, undertake the same training courses. Infantry Initial Employment Training: 72 daysThose
of you who successfully complete recruit training will attend the
standard 72 day RAInf (ECN343) Rifleman Infantry Operations - Basic
Course at the School of Infantry, Singleton NSW. Again, you will
complete this training as a single platoon of potential candidates for
service in Special Forces. At the School of Infantry you will be
trained and qualified in basic infantry tactics and a range of
specialist infantry weapons and equipment. Candidates who are
unable to successfully complete their Infantry training will not be
permitted to continue with the scheme. In this case you will be
encouraged to undertake training for one of the critical support trades
within the Special Forces or in the general Army. You can apply again
for Commando (ECN 079) selection and training after you have completed
12 months of general Army service. Special Forces Accelerated Infantry Training Program: 8 WeeksAs a successful RAInf graduate, you will complete eight weeks of Special Forces preparation training, known as the Special Forces Accelerated Infantry Training Program,
conducted at the Special Forces Training Centre, Singleton, NSW. The
Special Forces Accelerated Infantry Training Program is designed to
prepare you for the Special Forces Entry Test and subsequent Commando
reinforcement training. This accelerated training will enhance your
physiological and psychological conditioning as well as provide you
with some essential competencies. The Accelerated Infantry
Training program provides an opportunity for you to apply the knowledge
and skills developed during recruit and IET. It will provide you with
further training in navigation, communications, first aid, and
field-craft. It also provides additional knowledge and skills, such as
instinctive weapon handling - which is the ability to engage targets
without aiming. During this training we also aim to develop your
tactical awareness. The Accelerated Infantry Training program
also compresses the 13 week Special Forces Physical Training Package
undertaken by Special Forces recruits already serving in the ADF. Put
simply, we aim to provide you with more knowledge and skills, make you
battle fit and mentally tougher. This training will increase your
chance of success during Commando training. Most importantly, we aim to
build your sense of commitment and motivation to becoming a Commando. How
will you know if you have successfully achieved the requirements of
this training? You will be tested on the Special Forces Entry Test. Special Forces TrainingBefore
commencing the Commando Selection and Training Course you will be
required to show that you are committed, motivated and capable of
withstanding the severe physical and environmental stresses associated
with the reinforcement training and service in a Commando unit. These
will be assessed during the Special Forces Entry Test. The Special Forces Entry TestThe
Special Forces Entry Test is conducted over approximately an 18 to 20
hour period and includes a range of physical and theoretical
assessments. It is designed to determine your suitability for entry
into a Special Forces program. To be assessed as suitable, you must complete a fitness assessment requiring a minimum of:

  • 60 Push-ups;
  • 100 Sit-ups; and
  • 10 Chin-ups (Heaves).
As well you must:

  • Complete
    a 2.4 km run in patrol order (running shoes, personal webbing weighing
    7kg and rifle) in 11 minutes 30 seconds or less;
  • Complete a 15
    km endurance march in marching order (28 Kg including a pack, personal
    webbing and rifle) in less than 2 Hours and 20 minutes;
  • Tread
    water for two minutes and then swim 400 metres fully clothed (in
    disruptive pattern camouflage uniform) in 18 minutes or less;
  • Complete a Run, Jump and Dodge Test; and
  • Complete a theoretical navigation test.
You will be given plenty of opportunity to prepare for this test. At
the conclusion of a Special Forces Entry Test, a Selection Advisory
Committee will be convened to determine whether you have the potential
for service in Special Forces and whether you are suitable to attend
Commando reinforcement training. Their determination will be made on
your performance at recruit training, infantry training, and the
Accelerated Infantry Training program, and on your results from the
Special Forces Entry Test. If you successfully complete your
Commando reinforcement training you will be eligible to apply to attend
a Special Air Service - Selection Course after you have served for a
period of two years as a Commando. Personnel who do this are far more
likely to be successful. Candidates who do not pass the Special
Forces Entry Test and are not recommended by the Selection Advisory
Committee will be encouraged to undertake training for critical support
trades within Special Forces (or within the general Army). In
summary, this phase of your training will get you to a point where you
are assessed as suitable to commence Commando Initial Employment
Training. It will take you at least 27 weeks to reach
this point, depending on the length of your recruit training. Your next
phase of training is your Commando Initial Employment Training. Commando Initial Employment Training: 5 weeksOnce
you have successfully completed your Special Forces Entry Test and have
been recommended for Commando service, you will undertake the Commando
Initial Employment Training. The initial employment training
for a Commando consists of the Commando Selection and Training Course
(4 weeks) and the Special Forces Weapons Course (1 week). You will
conduct the Commando Selection and Training Course and subsequent
Commando Re-inforcement Training Cycle with current serving Defence
personnel applying for service in a Commando unit. Throughout this
training you will be assessed at the same standard as the other lateral
in-service members wishing to serve as a Commando. Commando Selection and Training Course: 4 weeksHaving
mastered basic Infantry skills during the Infantry IET and Accelerated
Infantry Training, the Commando Selection and Training Course is
designed to build on these and develop Commando specific team, section,
and platoon tactics, techniques and procedures. These tactics,
techniques and procedures are required for the range of
Commando-specific tasks, conducted in a field operational environment.
This is a challenging and arduous course that is conducted over the
remainder of the 5 weeks following the Special Forces Weapons Course
component. A large part of this course is focused on the
employment of Commando individual weapon systems in the field
operational environment. Therefore, much of the course is conducted in
the field. The course also requires Commando reinforcements to
participate in live-fire, field firing activities, conducted by night
and day, using live ammunition, and a range of supporting weapons. At
the completion of this training, you should be proficient with the
range of Commando weapon systems as well as the range of Commando
tactics at the section and platoon level, by day and by night, in the
field operational environment. Special Forces Weapons Course: 1 WeekThe
Special Forces weapons course provides you with additional weapons
qualifications. This seven day course trains and qualifies Commando
reinforcements in the operation of individual weapon systems, integral
to the Commando unit. At this stage, all Commando personnel are trained
and qualified to operate the M4 Carbine and associated attachments, and
the 9 mm Self-Loading Pistol. The weapons qualifications obtained on
this course are in addition to the standard Infantry weapons taught on
the Infantry IET. During this course, you will also be taught to use a range of aiming devices including those that can be used at night. This
course involves a considerable amount of firing using live ammunition
on a static range. Once you have mastered this, you can then progress
to employing your Commando weapons in a field firing environment, again
using live ammunition. This course is conducted as a component of the
Commando Selection and Training Course which then allows you to use the
weapon systems during the remainder of the Commando Selection and
Training Course. On completion of the Commando Selection and
Training Course and Special Forces Weapons Course you will be qualified
as a Commando Grade One. You then undertake further reinforcement
training. Commando Reinforcement Training CycleCommando
reinforcement training cycle is the training conducted to qualify you
to achieve other Commando Grades. The order and conduct of these
courses varies depending on resource availability. Some of the courses
involved in higher Commando qualification grades are:

  • Special Forces Basic Parachute Course (including water insertion training) (3 Weeks);
  • Commando Amphibious Operations Course (3 Weeks);
  • Commando Demolition User Course (1 Week);
  • Advanced Close Quarter Battle Course (4 Weeks);
  • Commando Urban Operations Course (2 Weeks);
  • SF Forces Heavy Weapons Course (2 Weeks);
  • Special Forces Military Roping Course (1 Week); and
  • Combat First Aider (3 Weeks); or
  • Commando Signaller (3 Weeks); or
  • Demolition Specialist Course (2 Weeks).
The
first course to be completed is an insertion course. You will either
complete the Special Forces Basic Parachute Course or the Commando
Amphibious Operations Course. Whichever course you do not attend at
this stage, you will complete later. The Special Forces Parachute Course: 3 WeeksThe
Special Forces parachute course is a three week course that is designed
to qualify you as a paratrooper. It consists of two components. The
first component is the standard basic parachute course that trains you
to conduct parachute descents onto land, by day or night, carrying
combat equipment. The second component trains and qualifies you
to conduct parachute descents into water, by day or night, again
carrying combat equipment, as part of a special operations amphibious
activity. This is why you are asked if you are a volunteer for
parachuting. If you enjoy this course, there are advanced parachute
courses that involve jumping from higher altitudes and using advanced
parachutes. These are available to you later in your career as a
commando. Commando Amphibious Operations Course: 2 WeeksThe
Commando amphibious operations course is designed to train and qualify
Commando personnel in the tactics, techniques and procedures required
for the conduct of amphibious operations. As Commando amphibious
operations require the individuals to operate in the ocean, sometimes
over deep water, a considerable distance from the shore in small boats,
and in some cases, in the surf zone, proficiency at amphibious
operations is essential for all Commandos. Therefore, this
three week course focuses on developing your survivability in the
amphibious environment by training you in maritime safety and the
operation of all marine safety equipment. It also teaches you assault
swimming techniques, which is swimming with weapons and equipment. In
addition, you will be trained in amphibious insertion and extraction
methods, coastal navigation, and the operation and maintenance of the
F470 Zodiac, which is a small inflatable boat. Commando amphibious operations are one of the key reasons that it is essential that you are a proficient swimmer. Commando Demolition User Course: 1 WeekOne
week of the Commando reinforcement training is allocated to training
you in basic demolitions. This course will qualify you in the
preparation, carriage, placement and initiation of demolition charges. Commando Advanced Close Quarter Battle, Urban Operations Course: 6 WeeksThe
Commando Advanced Close Quarter Battle and Urban Operations Course is a
42 day course that is designed to train and qualify you in the
employment of Commando individual weapon systems, and Commando team,
section, and platoon tactics, techniques and procedures in an urban
environment. Special Forces Heavy Weapons CourseThe
Commando Heavy Weapons Course is designed to train and qualify Commando
Re-inforcements in a suite of large calibre tripod and vehicle-mounted
heavy machine guns that are integral weapon systems to the Commando
Unit. The Special Forces Military Roping Course: 2 WeeksAs
a Commando, you will be required to operate in a range of environments.
This includes the requirement to operate in the vertical environment.
This is true in both the field environment, such as cliffs, and in the
urban environment including high-rise buildings. Therefore, the two
week Special Forces roping course trains you in the tactics, techniques
and procedures for negotiating vertical obstacles, both ascending and
descending, in the field and urban operational environments. It also
trains you in the tactics, techniques and procedures for equipment
haulage, and self and other person rescue. This course can also
include training in airborne roping techniques depending on the
availability of rotary wing aircraft, or this can be completed
separately. Therefore, if you are thinking of applying for Commando, be
sure that you are not scared of heights. Basic Specialist CourseIn
addition to the courses already detailed, one basic Specialist Skill is
required. You will be allocated to one of these courses depending on
unit needs. However, if you have a preference it will certainly be
considered. Commando Signaller Course: 3 WeeksCommunications
are essential to Commando operations. Therefore, this three week
Commando signaller course is designed to train you to operate secure
tactical and operational radio-telephone communications equipment,
integral to Special Forces. Combat First Aid Course: 3 WeeksThe
Combat First Aid Course will train you in advanced first aid. Over a
three week period, the Combat first aid course teaches advanced
resuscitation and casualty management skills, casualty evacuation
procedures and preventive medicine principles. Demolitions Specialist Course: 2 WeeksThe
Demolition specialist course will train and qualify Commandos in the
tactics, techniques and procedures of advanced SF demolition
techniques. SummaryThis training is
only the start. On the successful completion of your reinforcement
training and after serving as a Commando for 12 months, you will be
expected to undertake a range of further Commando specialist courses.
This involves completing training in advanced weapon skills and
close-quarter fighting techniques and tactics. Other courses that you
may be exposed to during subsequent Commando Reinforcement Training
are:

  • Direct Fire Support Weapon (DFSW) Operator;
  • Mortar Operator;
  • Basic Sniper;
  • SF Climber;
  • Combat Survival;
  • Reconnaissance;
  • Language; and
  • Commando Operational Watercraft (COW) Coxswain.

Employment LocationOther Ranks (Non Technical)

On
successful completion of your Commando Selection and Training Course
and during the Commando Reinforcement and Training Cycle, you will be
posted to 2 Commando Regiment which is located at Holsworthy, NSW. 2
Commando Regiment is the only full-time Commando Unit in the Australian
Army. Holsworthy is located approximately 50 km west of the
Sydney central business district. Holsworthy provides easy access to
Canberra, the Blue Mountains and the South Coast of NSW, with
convenient freeway and rail links to central Sydney and Sydney Airport.
Other Ranks (Non Technical) (Reserve)

1st Commando
Regiment is the only part-time Commando unit in the Australian Army. On
enlistment, you will be posted to 1st Commando Regiment.On
successful completion of your Commando Selection and Training Course
and during your Commando Reinforcement Training you will be employed
within 1st Commando Regiment at either 1 Company located at Mosman, NSW
or 2 Company at Williamstown, Vic.

Civil Accreditation

Other Ranks (Non Technical)

Depending on the courses you undertake, Commando training will
provide you with many valuable skills and qualifications which may
be recognised by civilian accreditation.





Source: http://www.defencejobs.gov.au/army/jobs/Commando/
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