COMMUNICATION SKILLS: Personnel from the Defence Force School of Signals Electronic Warfare Wing at Borneo Barracks in Cabarlah.
COMMUNICATION SKILLS: Personnel from the Defence Force School of Signals Electronic Warfare Wing at Borneo Barracks in Cabarlah. CPL Max Bree

Our electronic warriors

ELECTRONIC warfare is about disrupting the enemy's ability to communicate while protecting your own.

At the Defence Force School of Signals Electronic Warfare Wing, personnel from the army, navy and air force learn these tactics and take them back to their units to complement their ability to persecute warfare in the modern age.

These tactics involve using specialised software and equipment to jam radar, Wi-Fi and sonar or eavesdrop on enemy signals.

Warrant Officer Chris Sharp teaches at the school.

"Soldiers come to us as soon as they're finished recruit training and we train them up to be electronic warfare operators,” WOSharp said.

"The army course is about five months long and we also have a RAAF and a navy course.”

Some soldiers will return later in their career for advanced and specialised training.

Because of the nature of what they learn and the fact the wing draws in personnel from many defence force units, most of the the trainees will see active duty, having been deployed most recently in Iraq, Afghanistan and East Timor.

The Defence Force School of Signals Electronic Warfare Wing started on September 1, 1986 as the Joint Telecommunications School.

It replaced the individual training conducted by the services at HMAS Harman for the navy, RAAF Base Laverton for the air force and 7th Signal Regiment, Cabarlah, for the army.

The wing has a pre-existing relationship with the Burnett, having been given Freedom of Entry to Nanango in 1993.

The school has about 75 staff and trains about 350 personnel each year.

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