The Special Forces Signaller Course (SFSC) has just wrapped up, signifying the conclusion of a long year of training within 152 Signal Squadron. The SFSC is conducted three times a year, once within each of the SF Sig Sqns. The course is intended to introduce and baseline new signallers of the Command to a standard where they can work under supervision within a troop, supporting a Sabre Squadron or Commando Company.
The SFSC is broken in to 4 distinct weeks; Week 1 introduces the students to the SOCOMD structures and what is expected of them once they are posted within the various units. Week 1 continues with an ECN 662 focus, providing training on tactical radios, crypto management and procedures, movement of equipment around the world and understanding the interactions with other government organisations. Week 2 is ECN 661 week giving the students training on SOCOMD specific networks, basic administration tools, logging tools and Classified Equipment Management (CEM). Week 3 is ECN 665 focused where students are taught power management and deployment considerations, SOCOMD strategic bearers and how to make and repair various cables used in the Squadron. Week 4 is the consolidation week, where through a series of scenarios, students under the supervision of senior members of the Squadron deploy to various locations in the metro area to further enhance their newly acquired skill sets.
Although some of the equipment that is taught on SFSC is the same as that across Army, the manner in which it is employed can differ drastically. Historically the members who perform best on SFSC are those who not only are brilliant at the basics and have a solid understanding of their trade but also a positive attitude towards training and a willingness to learn coupled with a sense of humour.
Throughout the course students are not only being assessed on their ability to assimilate and employ new information, but also on their ability to maintain composure under stressful situations and work in small teams, employing the wide range of cross-trade skills they have learnt. Most importantly students are assessed not only on their skills and knowledge but also their attributes which assists in determining wether they will be an organisational fit for SOCOMD.
It is important to note that SFSC is not an attendance course, not everyone passes. It is purposely designed to test students mentally and physically with long work hours and physical training.
The successful completion of the SFSC only marks the start of a signaller's learning within SOCOMD, from this baseline they will continually increase their skills and employability. It is important to note that although the majority of the training is the same across the three SF Sig Sqns, each unit will tailor the training to meet the specific requirements for the roles of the supported unit. For those mbrs new into 152 Sig Sqn the focus will be on cross trade skilling and the ability to deploy as an individual or in a small detachment in support of operations around the globe.
Employment within SOCOMD is tough but rewarding at the same time. You will have the opportunity to evaluate and use the latest equipment and technology. You will work with highly motivated people who have a relentless pursuit of excellence. If you are interested in a career in SOCOMD, visit the STFC website on DPN for further information and the application process.