Leading Seaman Boatswains Mate Kate MacGregor completes her trade test for the light support weapon F89 Minimi onboard HMAS Choules.

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It’s interesting that you don’t do basic weapons training. I’ve heard that slogan, Marines I think, that’s something along the lines of ‘Every Marine, a rifleman’ or similar. I always found it odd because in the ADF, everyone does basic weapons systems and infantry tactics at boot camp. When I went through Kapooka (that’s army basic) one roommate was going into Signals Corp, another into Medical, the other admin. We all did the same shit. Everyone was trained to be a rifleman. Then every year you have to do a weapons proficiency test, just like doing your basic fitness assessment (BFA).

It kind of fits in with the different doctrine I have heard about from soldiers that have done exchanges with the U.S. The U.S. Armed forces are massive. Everyone is very specialized in their role and training, and are excellent at that role. The ADF is tiny in comparison. If I remember correctly, the Marine corps is larger than the entire ADF. The ADF training is broader. You learn the job of the person next to you. And above you and below you. When the shit hits the fan, and someone goes down, you can make do. I believe it’s one of the reasons why the U.S. loves having Australian’s attached to its units. They’re adaptable.

What’s your take on that anecdote?

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