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Royal Military College staff cadets in Nuclear Biological and Chemical (NBC) suits during a patrol as part of Exercise Shaggy Ridge in the Wide Bay training area, Queensland.

Mid-caption: Staff cadets from the Royal Military College of Australia, Duntroon, tackle Exercise Shaggy Ridge. Named after a successful World War II campaign on the Kokoda Trail where Australian troops persevered in difficult terrain and with limited supplies, Exercise Shaggy Ridge similarly places cadets under physical and mental duress to test their leadership and decision-making skills.

The 103 staff cadets are in the final phase of their 18-month training course at Duntroon, Canberra, and will graduate in June 2011 as part of the Royal Military College’s centenary celebrations. Four foreign students (from Brunei, Iraq, Pakistan and Papua New Guinea and) are part of the class.

The Royal Military College prepares cadets for careers in the Army by promoting leadership and integrity, high ideals and the pursuit of excellence, and by inculcating a sense of duty, loyalty and service to the nation.

Photograph by Corporal Bernard Pearson
1st Joint Public Affairs Unit