In November 2018, 295SQN trialled the Combat Support Group (CSG) Planning Fundamentals Course, aimed at providing students with the underpinning knowledge and limited skills to conduct planning for exercises and operations in CSG.
Held at RAAF Base Amberley, the course was designed and developed over a number of months by CSG Training Systems Team (CSG TST) with the support of CSG planners from across the FEG and 295SQN.
OIC CSG TST, WGCDR Christine Notting, said a broad range of current CSG planners contributed to performance needs working groups and the subsequent analysis.
“We needed experienced planners to assist in determining the job and task requirements of planners, what they do, and how they do it.”
The course covered command and control, preparedness, force generation, doctrine, support tools, capabilities, exercise planning, operations planning and post activity reporting.
It provided underpinning theory on planning, applied via activities based on CSG scenarios.
FLTLT Ian Pinch, 95WG Plans, said that for staff who haven’t had a lot of Joint Military Appreciation Process (JMAP) training or other planning experience, stepping into planning roles can take a lot of time.
“The Planning Fundamentals Course will fill that gap and assist personnel placed into CSG planning roles.”
Nine students successfully completed the trial course, coming from a variety of CSG units at Amberley, including CSD, 95WG, 1EHS, 382SQN, 2SECFOR SQN and 295SQN.
FLTLT Thomas Weir, 382SQN, said the course was fantastic for all members both newly posted into CSG and those not so newly posted into CSG.
“I got a lot from the course and wish I had been able to attend the course when I first posted into CSG.”
Following their observation and validation of the trial course, the CSG TST and 295SQN are now formalising the course Learning Management Package and commencing additional design and development work for a CSG Tactical Planning course to further develop the skills of CSG Planners.
295SQN will conduct this course again in 2019.