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Numerous packed schedules of lectures, physical training, ranges and gruelling tactical phases in the jungle of Borneo was what we faced on the seven-week Junior Leadership Cadre 2022 in Brunei.
80 personnel were lucky to be selected to attend the cadre. Our company moved to Penanjong Camp for three weeks focusing on the Army Leadership Development Programme for Lance Corporals, the skills at arms qualification, battle exercise and range safety, and infantry section tactics. During those seven weeks we attended assessments on conducting presentations, conduct on battle exercises, command tasks and map reading. The command tasks assessed our ability to think under the pressure, create a plan and execute as a team within the limited time and resources. Students were assessed on their ability to conduct and teach the infantry platoon’s weapon systems. Map reading took place in the challenging environment of the Brunei jungle, where we were evaluated on the selection of the routes, briefing, and getting to the check points all within the time limitation. During this week our first physical assessment, Soldier Conditioning Review took place.
The tactical phase of the course was challenging as it took place in the Close Country Tropical Environment of the jungle. Every one of us was assessed on six appointments as Section Commander as well as Section Second In Charge on various missions including Hasty Attack, Ambush, Recce and Platoon Operations. The addition of an urban phase also brought a new challenge to the cadre.
The cadre has help to mold us into junior leaders to assume our first leadership roles soon. We were taught the characters of a leader and the knowledge we need to lead.
By Rifleman Bharat Limbu Khapung, The Second Battalion, The Royal Gurkha Rifles