The updated Land Warfare Procedures (General) (LWP (G)) 7-3 Range Orders Series, which governs the use of Australian Defence Force (ADF) live fire ranges, will be released on the 30th September 2018. All ranges conducted after this time will be done so under the new regulations. The introduction of the new LWP (G) 7-3 Series is the culmination of nine months of extensive consultation throughout the ADF and represents a step change in the way that range qualified personnel are appointed and managed.
Significant analysis has been undertaken to identify why we are experiencing issues on ranges. In nearly all range incidents, there has been an element of range staff not following Range Safety Procedures. The common areas of non-compliance are:
- firers and range staff not experienced enough for the complexity of the activity,
- lack of proper training progression (lead up training / rehearsals / walkthrough),
- inadequate control and accounting procedures for personnel once on the range,
- long periods of time between qualification and use of these skills, and
- poor drills and weapon handing.
It is clear we need to do more training and conduct more ranges. If we are to facilitate this, we need to make it easier to get on the range.
The new LWP (G) 7-3 Series contains a new lead publication, LWP-G-7-3-0 ADF Range Orders (General), which includes requirements common to all ranges. The specialist documents nested under the new lead document, LWPs G -7-3 (1-5) (Dismounted; Mounted; Indirect Fire; Air & Missile Defence; and Demolitions & Mines) include only those details that are specific to the relevant ranges. The hierarchy is detailed below:
The series has been re-written with the following principles:
- There are now only two types of land range – Permanent and Manoeuvre:
- Permanent Ranges (previously Category A & B) are established through range siting and safety boards and have permanent range danger area (RDA) traces applied. They have built-in safety procedures and as such generally require less planning and preparation to use. There are two sub-categories of Permanent Ranges. Permanent Basic Ranges are those ranges applicable to all and the qualifications to run these are gained through the all-Corps training continuum. Permanent Complex Ranges (for example: grenade, direct fire support weapon (DFSW), claymore etc) require specialist qualifications.
- Manoeuvre Ranges (previously Category C) are user-designed live-fire training serials conducted within designated sectors contained within Defence training areas for the purpose of operational tactical mounted and/or dismounted training. To plan, conduct and supervise a manoeuvre activity, all range staff must have a manoeuvre qualification.
- Integration of mounted/dismounted range practices. Where possible the series has been streamlined to align the procedures and safety appointments for mounted and dismounted activities to enable better combined arms training.
- Establishing direct linkage between range complexity, risk tolerance and readiness requirements. Advice is included on when in the training cycle different activities should be conducted, as well as an example training progression.
- Reduction of duplication. Where possible, duplication has been removed enabling the reduction of 250 pages of content across the series without reducing the intent.
- Simplification of language. The language within the document series has been simplified to improve readability and understanding.
- Currency requirements. Most notably, for the first time, we have established practical and theoretical currency requirements.
LWP (G) 7-3 Series transition requirements
To ensure that you comply with the new regulations, it is a requirement that you complete a transition test focused on the key changes to the procedures. The process requires completing a simple test of between 10 and 16 questions dependent upon your range qualification and recording the result on PMKeyS. The Australian Defence Education Learning Environment (ADELE) based test and supporting documentation are accessible via http://ako.drn.mil.au/wps/portal/cal/about/rangepractices.
Note: This link is only available via the Defence Protected Network (DPN).