Army Logistic Training Centre (Australia)

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Army Logistic Training Centre
Active 1995–present
Country  Australia
Branch Australian Army Emblem.JPG Australian Army
Type Training Establishment
Role Logistics corps officer and soldier training
Size Six schools
Part of Forces Command
Motto "Excel With Honour"
Insignia
Unit Colour Patch ALTC unit colour patch.PNG

The Army Logistic Training Centre (ALTC) is an Australian Army training establishment that is part of Forces Command. Established on 1 December 1995,[1] through the amalgamation of a nine separate logistic, health and personnel services schools and the Army College of TAFE, ALTC is headquartered at Bandiana, Victoria, and was established in response to the need to provide more effective logistic training, which had been identified as a problem as early as 1981. ALTC's motto is "Excel with Honour".[2]

History and structure[edit]

Upon formation, ALTC combined the previously separate components into "effects-based training divisions"[3] including "integrated logistics, material support, distribution and personnel support" under a headquarters with an operations cell and a development group.[2] According to an article published in the Army News in June 2008, this had the result of "severing corps affiliations" and, as a result, in late 2007 the centre was reorganised into "four corps-aligned trade schools ... [and] two schools of higher education",[3] being the Army School of Logistic Operations, the Army School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, the Army School of Transport, the Army School of Ordnance, the Army School of Health and the Australian Defence Force Chaplains College. Each school consists of several different wings or cells each tasked with delivering different training courses and each with their own headquarters elements, while the centre itself has an overarching headquarters that includes development, operations and planning groups. Training is undertaken in four principle locations: Puckapunyal, Victoria; HMAS Cerberus at Crib Point, Victoria; Ross Island Barracks in Townsville, Queensland, and the AlburyWodonga Military Area (AWMA).[4]

Within the AWMA, the ALTC is spread across several bases including Latchford Barracks at Bonegilla, and Gaza Ridge Barracks and Wadsworth Barracks at Bandiana.[5] ALTC's School of Army Health previously operated out of Portsea, but is now based in the AWMA.[2]

Soldiers and officers from the Army's logistics corps – the Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, the Royal Australian Army Ordnance Corps, the Australian Army Catering Corps, the Royal Australian Corps of Transport, the Royal Australian Army Nursing Corps and the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps – and small numbers of Royal Australian Navy and Royal Australian Air Force personnel undertake various courses at ALTC as part of their initial employment training, or as part of corps-specific promotion courses.[6][7] The centre is responsible for training around 5,000 students each year, spread across around 334 different courses,[8] and works closely with civilian training providers such as Wodonga TAFE, Monash University and RMIT, to provide nationally recognised qualifications to military personnel. Upon completion of employment training graduating members are posted to various combat, combat support and service support units.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Australian Ship, Unit and Corps Anniversaries". Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Moore, Debbie (June 1996). "Army Logistic Training Centre: The Centre for Training Excellence". Army Ordnance. Volume 20 (No. 1): 50–51. 
  3. ^ a b "ALTC schools better aligned". Army: The Soldiers' Newspaper (1191 ed.). 12 June 2008. p. 4. 
  4. ^ "Welcome to Albury Wodonga" (PDF). Defence Community Organisation (Australian Government). 2011. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "Defence Annual Report 2008-09: Major Defence Bases & Establishments". Department of Defence. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "Forces Command". Australian Army. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "Medics march out at Wodonga". RMIT University. 20 December 2012. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  8. ^ Russell, C.W. (2000). "Training the Modern Soldier". United Service Journal (Sydney, New South Wales: United Service Institution of New South Wales). Volume 52 (No. 2): 19–27. OCLC 221834180. 
  9. ^ "TAFE deserves to celebrate". The Border Mail (Albury-Wodonga, New South Wales: Fairfax Media Publications). 16 August 2012. p. 14. OCLC 226107163.