The ideal Australian Commando is the type of guy that no matter what happens he is going to keep going. The recruits are chosen for their attributes and then they are trained to the highest standard making them into the best Australian Special Forces Commando possible. After nearly ten months of rigorous and complex training the candidates are still not fully qualified commandos. The Australian commandos revolve a lot of their tasks around amphibious operations for this reason a big criteria of the reinforcement training is the swimmer assault training course. The regiment only accepts the best and the recruits are put through their paces, with special forces training they need to be comfortable working on the land as well as the water. This puts the recruits resolve to the test,
You will find that it’s those individuals that have resolve will be able to continue with the fight and continue through the long hours, days and nights of stressful, physically and mentally challenging conditions – Major T, 2nd Commando Regiment
When on operations a commando is required to show precise judgement, self discipline and resolve. The candidates are constantly tested for these attributes. The Australian commandos are responsible for conducting advance force operations for the Australian Defence Force, this includes the seizing of sea ports, reconnaissance and surveillance.
Full mission profile activities demand that candidates display their full range of skills and knowledge. Instructors must be certain that each potential commando can perform and the highest level. Mission training is conducted in a designated urban environment using Simu-Nition (Simulated Ammunition), this gives the exercise a realistic feel with rounds being fired both ways. This is an important part of the training and will get the commando use to being fired at when on operations.
The first time you ever get shot at it’s a massive adrenaline rush… Every time you get shot at there after, there is always that adrenaline, I think you become more focused and direct in your approach in taking it to the enemy. – Private M, 2nd Commando Regiment
The Australian 2nd Commando regiment have a lot of operational experience overseas in Iraq, Afghanistan and East Timor. Most of the operations have been arduous and complex and the Australians have displayed their effective war fighting skills.
The 2nd Commando Regiment is an elite special operations force of the Australian Army, and is one of three combat-capable units within Special Operations Command. The regiment was established on 19 June 2009 when the 4th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (Commando) was renamed. It is based at Holsworthy, New South Wales. The 2nd Commando Regiment often trains and deploys with the Special Air Service Regiment, is highly regarded by coalition special operation forces abroad, and has been involved in operations in East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan, where it was used in a direct action warfighting role. It has also been involved in a number of domestic security operations including the 2006 Commonwealth Games and the 2014 G20 Leaders Summit.