Re­servists ready for de­ploy­ment

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JON BAS­SETT

RE­SERVE sol­diers from across Perth will swap their univer­sity desks, of­fice jobs and trades for jun­gle and ur­ban war­fare train­ing in the sec­ond-only de­ploy­ment of the army’s Kar­rakat­tabased 16th Bat­tal­ion to Malaysia and Sin­ga­pore next month.

“I’m go­ing for the train­ing ex­pe­ri­ence more than any­thing else, and it’s also about be­ing a bet­ter trainer of the sol­diers I will be men­tor­ing to make bet­ter non-com­mis­sioned of­fi­cers,” Cor­po­ral Zac Mus­cat (24), a Bent­ley eco­nom­ics and fi­nance univer­sity stu­dent, said.

About 60 mem­bers of 16th Bat­tal­ion will join about 60 re­servists from Queens­land’s 11th Bat­tal­ion for ur­ban war­fare train­ing in Sin­ga­pore be­fore jun­gle train­ing at But­ter­worth, Malaysia.

The 120-strong com­pany’s four­month de­ploy­ment con­tin­ues mil­i­tary links with the re­gion that de­vel­oped from the Malayan Emer­gency of the 1950s. The cur­rent part-time sol­diers and of­fi­cers may also de­velop pro­fes­sional re­la­tion­ships with Sin­ga­porean and Malaysian coun­ter­parts.

How­ever, the sol­diers will be away from their fam­i­lies for Christ­mas and New Year.

“My mum’s pretty stoked I’m go­ing to get out there, and I’m do­ing some­thing for the whole of sum­mer, so she’s not fussed,” Pri­vate Dy­lan Ben­nett-Surtees (20), an Au­bin Grove out­door ed­u­ca­tion univer­sity stu­dent, said.

Their com­man­der, Lieu­tenant Paul San­ders (42), is a soft­ware de­vel­oper out­side of uni­form and he ob­served pre­de­ploy­ment as­sault train­ing with his troops’ guns fir­ing blanks, at the Kar­rakatta bar­racks last week. “As a pla­toon com­man­der, what I’m look­ing for is to see good com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween them as they work as a team,” he said.

The dense jun­gles and hu­mid train­ing area streets will be un­fa­mil­iar en­vi­ron­ments to prac­tise and adapt their close-quar­ter fight­ing skills.

Pic­tures: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d445086

Left: Pri­vate Isaac Ca­gai, Lance Cor­po­ral Zac Mus­cat, Sap­per Christo­pher James Bee­son, (front) Pri­vate Wade Beasley, Pri­vate An­thony Jerkovic and Pri­vate Dy­lan Ben­nett-Surtees. Top right: Wade Beasley trains his sights on a tar­get. Be­low right: Train­ing ahead of de­ploy­ment to Malaysia.

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