finally joining the Aus army as an Atillery Observer any tips or info on the job?




 
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October 1st, 2011  
captiva303
 
 

Topic: finally joining the Aus army as an Atillery Observer any tips or info on the job?


hey guys.

im joining the ARA (Australian regular army) as an artillery observer any one serving (overseas included) willing to give me some insider knowledge?

all help would be much appreciated
October 1st, 2011  
Chief Bones
 
 

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Originally Posted by captiva303
hey guys.

im joining the ARA (Australian regular army) as an artillery observer any one serving (overseas included) willing to give me some insider knowledge?

all help would be much appreciated
Yeah ..... if you are on or just over the crest if a hill -

D U C K !

If you are in an aircraft, make sure you got a parachute.
October 1st, 2011  
SigJohnson
 
 
When you march into Kapooka, be ready!
Be fit!
Stay the grey man, dont excel and dont **** up, and life will be easiest for you.
Dont get on the piss too hard, and even if you are not religious go to Church on a Sunday, you get a sleep in and biscuits!
Worry about basic, then IET, then about your job!
They will teach you everything you need, just take it all in.
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October 2nd, 2011  
42RM
 
During basic training you will begin the process of becoming a soldier. This is known as the hardest phase only because you are in a new environment. In actuality, it will be your easiest phase physically. You will get acquainted with your morning fitness routine, which actually gets harder as basic training progresses. Many soldiers will not be able to make the mental adjustment from civilian to soldier. However, with a few key pointers, it will be over before you know it.

First and foremost, understand that basic training is all about failure. Your platoon will fail at just about ever order given to you in basic training. Read that last sentence again. Donít go into basic training thinking youíre going to impress everyone with how fit you are and how well you pay attention, because it doesnít matter. The purpose of basic training is to break down your civilian attitude and realize that in order to accomplish the tasks your instructors gives you; you will have to work in a team. In order to break you down, your drill instructors will give your platoon tasks they will fail, on purpose. Why would they do this? The reasoning is simple if you understand this sentence: With failure comes learned knowledge. That is an important sentence to understand. Think of it like this; letís say you want to open a lemonade stand. You get all your equipment ready and open up your shop. Your customers start to buy your lemonade but you notice after a while; youíre not getting repeat business. After asking around you discover that people think your lemonade is too sweet. After adjusting your recipe your sales now skyrocket. That failed recipe taught you what kind of lemonade people like. So during basic training, donít get mad when you fail. Try your hardest, but expect to fail.

Another great tip to surviving would be to establish your personality. Basic training is where youíre judged the most by other members of your platoon. Be sure to make that extra effort to help people out. Also, try to see if any members of your platoon are having a particularly tough time, and make an effort to alleviate their stress. A little attention in basic training goes a long way. You can never have enough friends in basic training.

Lastly, speak with confidence. When you are asked to say something to your instructors, say it with confidence even if youíre not confident about your answer. Speak loud, firm and with motivation. Your instructors will notice, trust me. Drill sergeants like to pick on recruits who arenít confident.

Good Luck, mate
October 7th, 2011  
captiva303
 
 
thanks... by the looks of it im starting early next year and I can't wait! I'm expecting it to be tough but rewarding. Im just going to stick at it and see it through...
October 8th, 2011  
Big_Z
 
 
Expect to become well versed in radios and radio traffic procedures. You will possibly spend more time with grunts and scouts than Artillery gun bunnies. Map reading and terrain orientation to derive precise grid coordinates. Might learn a thing or two about surface danger zones. And you will be taught enough field craft not to be a straggler in a forward line unit. Call for fire will be your money maker.
October 8th, 2011  
03USMC
 
 
Land Navigation, Map Reading, Compass use, as well as infantry skills.
October 8th, 2011  
BritinAfrica
 
 
Basic training can be a *****, the proudest moment of your life will be your passing out parade.

Something very important, you must have a sense of humour and be able to take as good as you give
October 10th, 2011  
captiva303
 
 
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Originally Posted by Big_Z
Expect to become well versed in radios and radio traffic procedures. You will possibly spend more time with grunts and scouts than Artillery gun bunnies. Map reading and terrain orientation to derive precise grid coordinates. Might learn a thing or two about surface danger zones. And you will be taught enough field craft not to be a straggler in a forward line unit. Call for fire will be your money maker.
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Originally Posted by 03USMC
Land Navigation, Map Reading, Compass use, as well as infantry skills.
thats sounds just perfect!
 


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