Australian Army Reserve soldiers have showcased their jungle combat skills to their civilian employers during Exercise Boss Lift 2019 in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.

The contingent of 19 employers were flown into Malaysia on a C-17 Globemaster from RAAF Base Amberley in Queensland, to see their employees in action during a three-month training rotation to the historic Rifle Company Butterworth.

Boss Lift participant Leanne Cameron, Deputy Commissioner at Queensland Department of Veterans’ Affairs said seeing the jungle combat training was a real eye-opener as an employer of Army Reservists and added value to her own work.

“Participating in Exercise Boss Lift has made me incredibly proud of what our young men and women are doing in the Army Reserve.

“It’s not just what the Reservists were doing or the depth of the training they receive– seeing the care and support the non-commissioned officers give to their troops is just inspirational,” Ms Cameron said.

The participants were given an insight into their Reserve employee’s military lives, including jungle survival, firearms and equipment demonstrations, and an opportunity to participate in live fire weapon activity.

Ms Cameron said the new skills Army Reservists acquired during the deployment would add considerable value to their civilian work environment when they returned home.

“The camaraderie that we saw in the Malaysian jungle has got to be a good thing. The way these young men and women present, the way they engage with each other and other people is a cut above what you see from other employees of the same age.

“Looking at things differently, understanding how to take calculated risks, making assessments of when it is appropriate to take certain actions are all things that can be taught, and something that is very clearly instilled throughout the ranks of the Australian Army, including the Reserve, which is of course a benefit to any employer,” Ms Cameron said.

Not only was Exercise Boss Lift a great opportunity to see Army Reservists in action, it also helped Ms Cameron develop her own professional skills.

“I regularly come into contact with veterans and current serving members of the Australian Defence Force, and to watch them on exercise in the jungle working as a team made me realise the value of participating in the Army Reserve.

“Not only was Exercise Boss Lift valuable for me as an employer, but it was also a really good opportunity for me to see how we can better engage with the defence community at the

Department of Veterans’ Affairs,” Ms Cameron said.

The Army Reserve plays an increasingly important role as part of Army’s total force to provide capability to the Australian Defence Force. Reservists continue to provide support to Army’s international engagement and operational deployments around the world.

“Watching the different activities in the Malaysian jungle, I could not tell the difference between who was a Reservist and who was a full time soldier – the training and opportunities for Reservists are that good,” Ms Cameron said.

Ms Cameron said employees who were Army Reservists added considerable value to the wider public service.

“The APS has great policies in place to support defence leave and I hope to encourage my colleagues to employ Reservists and ex-service men and women,” Ms Cameron said.

Exercise Boss Lift 2019 was conducted between 29 January and 4 February 2019.

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