Soldiers train to deal with protesters

Soldiers with shields, unruly role players and snapping canines were all that was needed to run a population protection control (PPC) scenario in Townsville.

CAPTION: Army soldiers defend against role players as part of a readiness protection course. Story by Captain Joanne Leca. Photo by Bombardier Guy Sadler.

Personnel from the 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR), with the support of the 1st Military Police Battalion (1MP), conducted PPC training at Lavarack Barracks.

The course focused on soldiers’ individual PPC training while ensuring the ready battle group met the qualifications required of the ADF’s contingency operational response element.

Infantry sections integrated closely with military police arrest teams, detainee processing capabilities, and military working dogs to enhance security and crowd dispersion.

Captain Nicholas Crosbie, from 3RAR’s Alpha Company, said PPC was a non-lethal combat technique to maintain control, detain and protect populations.

“PPC is primarily used to assist allied or partner forces to maintain protection and control in a stability operation situation,” Captain Crosbie said.

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CAPTION: Military police dog Azura leaps to control a subject for soldiers during population protection control training in Townsville. Photo by Bombardier Guy Sadler.

The PPC training involved a practical run-through followed by a full mission profile, with a realistic scenario of aggressive protesters designed to push the soldiers’ endurance threshold.

Captain Crosbie said role players deliberately pushed their soldiers to the limit, simulating a real-life scenario.

“During the full mission profile, soldiers are tested on how well they can keep a level-head amongst the chaos and practise sustaining a steady level of adrenaline over an extended period of time,” Captain Crosbie said.

“The training is robust – building resilience individually and as a team.

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CAPTION: Soldiers take a defensive stance during population protection control training using military police dogs. Photo by Bombardier Guy Sadler.


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6 thoughts on “Soldiers train to deal with protesters

  • 28/02/2023 at 2:05 pm
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    So our Soldiers are going to be used as minions to push back on the general population who won’t take the bullshit that our softc#ck Gov’t will want to dish out once WEF & WHO start giving our Gov’t their orders!

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  • 26/02/2023 at 12:10 pm
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    Obviously, the police protection racket with imposing authoritive directives on the citizens was not sufficient. With the WEF moving toward our one world order (there words not mine) through sleight of hand by giving WHO unprecedented powers over elected governments (p.s. I think we have practice at giving away our sovereignty to unelected bodies) it won’t be long before the thin blue line will need the support of the thick green line as citizens wake up to the tyranny.
    Once CBDCs come in and people of the wrong persuasion are cancelled they won’t have anything else to lose and there only choice left is to fight.
    Who holds the gun holds the power and down this slippery slope we go.

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    • 26/02/2023 at 12:41 pm
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      A portent of things to come…

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      • 26/02/2023 at 2:27 pm
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        And what happens if OUR VETERANS come out in PROTEST at how ALBANESE is ignoring the dva DESPOTIC REGIME’s
        MANSLAUGHTER OF 2,000
        VETERANS. LOOK AT WHAT IS NOT HAPPENING IN AUSTRALIA FIRST !! NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW – so WHY are you IGNORING THE CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES OF DVE* ??? FORGET SPLURGING LIMITED FUNDING ON UKRAINE – YOU ARE JUST ANOTHER PUTIN, IGNORING JUSTICE FOR OUR VETERANS – AND CONTINUING TO TREAT AUSTRALIA’S VETERANS WITH UTTER CONTEMPT.

        AGAIN: “The willingness of future generations to serve in our military will be directly dependent upon how we have TREATED THOSE IN THE PAST.”

        NO amount of propaganda will ever conceal the BLOOD STAIN on Australia’s MILITARY VETERANS’ HISTORY.

        A HIGHER TALLY THAN ANY TERRORIST ORGANISATION THAT – WE – EVER FOUGHT, FOR AN AUSTRALIA ORGANISATION, THAT CONTINUES TO BE IGNORED BY MEDIA/POLITICIANS/ DVE* ‘FAVOURED’ ORGANISATIONS – AND THE AUSTRALIAN PUBLIC.

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  • 26/02/2023 at 8:47 am
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    I fear this is the type of training – and operations – that the government of the Solomon Islands will be conducting against its own people using Australian weapons now that the government is so strongly influenced by its new CCP backers.
    We should fear such influence so close and be concerned that our contributions over the long term will count for little in the face of Chinese investment anlong with the Belt and Road Campaign.

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