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Craftsman : Craftsman 2012
32 RAEME CRAFTSMAN 2012 With effect 01 Jul 12, the Mercedes Benz G Wagon Family of Vehicles (FOV) will be introduced into service in 7 Brigade. The G Wagon is the replacement vehicle for the current in-service Land Rover 110, 4x4 and 6x6. The G Wagon will replace many of the variants of the current Lightweight (Land Rover 4x4) and Light (Land Rover 6x6). Some of the roles currently filled by the Land Rover fleet will be replaced by the G Wagon; others will be replaced by vehicles from other Phases of the LAND 121 project. As the G Wagon is 'rolled out' into Army, LAND 121 Training Team, as part of the Project, is delivering Introduction Into Service (IIS) Training for Army and Air Force. LAND 121 Training Team is divided into two separate teams. The LAND 121 Operator Training Team is located at RAAF Base Amberley and is responsible for the delivery of the 209506 G Wagon Operator Conversion Course. The Operator Course delivers conversion training for 'trained operators'. That is members who already hold a Military B Vehicle Licence of C2 or above. The Operator Course is panelled with priority to Units that will be issued G Wagons in the immediate future. The LAND 121 Maintenance Training Team, is co located with ALTC in the Albury/Wodonga Military Area, and is responsible for the G Wagon IIS Maintenance Training for ECN 229 Vehicle Mechanic, ECN 418 Technician Electrical and ECN 226 Recovery Mechanic. The main focus of G Wagon Maintenance Training is for qualified tradesman from the rank of CFN through to SGT posted to units that will be issued the G Wagon. However, Warrant Officers with an ECN 229 Vehicle Mechanic or ECN 418 Technician Electrical base trade may be nominated to attend the course. The 209911 G Wagon Vehicle Mechanic Maintenance Training Course is the G Wagon IIS Maintenance Course for ECN 229 Vehicle Mechanic. The aim of the course is to deliver maintenance training for qualified Vehicle Mechanics to cover the technology gap between the current in-service Land Rover 110 Family of Vehicles and the Mercedes Benz G Wagon. The course is currently delivered over 10 days at Latchford Barracks Bonegilla. The pre-requisites for the course are as follows: • The completion of the 120106 ATTVM Course, include OJT for ARA; or • The 203254 Medium GS B Vehicle Maintenance Techniques Course for ARes; and • The 208697 Automotive Air Conditioning Maintenance Course. The 209912 G Wagon Technician Electrical Maintenance Training Course is the G Wagon IIS Maintenance Course for ECN 418 Technician Electrical. The aim of the course is to deliver maintenance training for qualified Technician Electrical to cover the technology gap between the current in-service Land Rover 110 Family of Vehicles and the Mercedes Benz G Wagon. The course is currently delivered over 4 days at Latchford Barracks Bonegilla. The pre-requisites for the course are as follows: • The completion of the 200094 ATTTE Course, include OJT for ARA; or • The 120116 Field Power Generation Course for ARes. The 212765 G Wagon Recovery Mechanic IIS Course is the G Wagon IIS Course for ECN 226 Recovery Mechanic. The aim of the course is to deliver training for qualified Recovery Mechanics in the G Wagon specific recovery procedures. The course is currently delivered over 2 days and will be delivered in Brigade areas during the initial delivery of G Wagons into the Brigade area. The pre-requisites for the course are as follows: • 200259 Basic Recovery Course; or • For ARes members, must have completed BOTH of the following: o 120108 IET Recovery Mechanic 1 Course, and o 120141 IET Recovery Mechanic 2 Course. The priority for panelling of Maintenance course is as follows: • members in units receiving the G-Wagon: o in the next batch; o in the previous batch; and o in another previous batch. • members in a unit not receiving G-wagons , but are being posted to a unit with G Wagons; and • others (including trainees in training at ALTC). The AHQ Rollout plan for the G Wagon, located on the INTRANET at http://intranet.defence.gov.au/armyweb/sites/DCSSDev/comweb. asp?page=291840&Title=Land%20121 identifies that the G Wagons will be progressively issued, by vehicle variant, and by Brigades. A summary of the roll out is as follows: 1. 7 BDE -- Jul 12 through Oct 13; 2. 17 BDE (-) -- Sep 12 through Mat 15; 3. 1 BDE (Adel) -- Oct 12 through Jun 14; 4. 1 BDE (Dwn) -- Mar 14 through Jul 14; 5. 1 DIV -- Mar 13 through Nov 14; 6. 6 BDE (ESR) -- Mar 13 through Nov 14; 7. 6 BDE (RFSU) -- Jul 14 through Apr 15; 8. 6 BDE (-) -- Oct 12 through Nov 14; 9. SOCOMD -- Apr through May 15; 10. 2DIV--Mar-Apr15 The AHQ G Wagon Roll Out Plan will not initial issue G Wagon's to 3 BDE or to 10 FSB. That said, Maintenance Training is offered to ALL ECN 229 Vehicle Mechanic's, ECN 418 Technician Electrical and ECN 226 Recovery Mechanic's outside those units being issued G Wagons. As future Phases of LAND 121 are introduced, the G Wagon may be re distributed through out Army as the Land Rover is completely removed from service. LAND 121 Maintenance Training Team will be liaising with BDE EME Cells in advance of the roll out of the G Wagon to that BDE. It is requested that Units hold off on nominating tradesman for the IIS Maintenance Courses until at least 6 months in advance of the roll out date of their Unit comes. It is requested that Units NOT being issued the G Wagon hold off on nominating tradesman for the IIS Maintenance Courses until after July 2013, unless the member is to be posted to unit that has G Wagons issued to them. This will allow Army to introduce the G Wagon, as a capability into Army. All queries WRT G Wagon Maintenance Team for all trades are to be directed to your Unit ASM's, for direct contact with LAND 121 Maintenance Training Team. The POC for Unit ASM's is WO2 Neil Taylor Land121.MaintTRG@defence.gov.au. Introduction Into Service Maintenance Training -- Mercedes Benz G Wagon FOV WO2 Neil Taylor