Warren R Rodwell voluntarily enlisted as  a full time soldier in the Australian Regular Army during his youth.  As this was peacetime, no active / war service was seen.  Recruit training was done at the 1st Recruit Training Battalion ( 1RTB ) Blamey Barracks – Kapooka , Wagga Wagga NSW . http://www.army.gov.au/Army-life/Army-careers/ARTC-Kapooka

After marching out of 1RTB, Sapper Rodwell was posted to the School of Military Survey ( SMS ) at Latchford Barracks – Bonegilla, Victoria. The Royal Australian Survey Corps ( RA Svy ) was a Corps of the Australian Army that was formed on 1 July 1915 and disbanded on 1 July 1996. The role of the Royal Australian Survey Corps was to provide the maps, aeronautical charts, hydrographical charts and geodetic and control survey data required for land combat operations.

From Survey, Sapper Rodwell corps transferred  to  the Royal Australian Engineers and attended the School of Military Engineering ( SME ) at Steele Barracks –  Casula , Sydney NSW where he undertook employment training as a field engineer ( nowadays referred to as a combat engineer ) . Sappers are trained in a broad range of tasks including bridge-building, clearing minefields, demolitions, field defences as well as building, road and airfield construction and repair.

Once fully trained, Sapper Rodwell was posted as a field ( combat ) engineer to the then 18 Field Squadron of 3 Field Engineer Regiment at Lavarack Barracks , Townsville Qld.  Click this link  http://www.defencejobs.gov.au/ if interested in employment with Australian Defence.



Although military training included fire fighting and first aid,  Mister Rodwell undertook advanced training and practice in civilian life, as well as some  emergency search and rescue procedures.



BELOW : Royal Australian Survey Corps – School of Military Survey

3/78 Cartographic Technicians Course – Bonegilla Victoria Australia


Warren Rodwell

Sapper Warren Rodwell at rear (between two women standing in dark jackets)