ARMY Reservists were put to the test at the weekend with the focus on urban warfare.
About 100 men and women Army Reserve members of the 8/7 Battalion, Royal Victorian Regiment, were part of a training exercise held at the Pertobe Road depot. The training involved using different weapons and tactics to clear buildings.
Corporal Warrick Petering said the urban area training was important because a lot of battles were now in towns and cities rather than jungles.
“In a lot of instances the enemy is now in built-up areas,” he said. “One exercise was clearing through the depot using blank ammunition.
“You’re going through rooms, you don’t know if a guy is going to pop around a corner. It’s quite high-tempo.”
Corporal Petering said most reserves had been drawn to the challenge because of the camaraderie.
“It’s a good culture,” he said. “This is something that’s a bit different.”
Corporal Petering said the training had been utilised recently by seven members who were deployed for eight months in East Timor.