204 TROOP TRAINING DIARY
Upon returning from long weekend leave after Families Day, 204 Troop continued with IMF and began preparations for our first visit to the live firing ranges at Straight Point. Upon arriving at the ranges the Troop were handed over to the Combat Marksmanship team to fine-tune our prone, kneeling, sitting and standing firing positions. The troop completed a dry firing exercise on a simulated range to eradicate any bad practice and to prepare us for live ammunition.
The remainder of the week was filled with map reading lessons with the Troop Commander where we learned about taking bearings, relating the map to the ground, reading a compass and orientating our maps. We also learned the difference between 1:25,000 and 1:50,000 maps, and how to differentiate between the different scales. The troop also became aware of the different features present on a map including the map legend, I.D panel, contour lines and different physical and manmade features. The purpose in these lessons was to prepare the Troop for Exercise Marshall Star, which we would be deploying on the following week.
The Troop continues to develop well in the gym as we move forward to hopefully a strong week 9 Gym Pass Out. We completed a 5 mile run which was the first opportunity for us to run in our boots. The troop also successfully passed a rehearsal of the week 9 Gym Pass Out tests to a distinguished level. However, there is still plenty of room for improvement in gym etiquette and camp circuit timings.