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26 May 2008
Section training for infantry during Operation ASTUTE

Twenty-one soldiers are currently undertaking a subject for promotion while serving on Operation ASTUTE in Timor Leste. The course takes six weeks part-time with four day modules spent in formal training each week and the remaining three days spent doing normal duties with their section while being assessed by their leadership.

The course consists of a total of 24 days overall. When completed satisfactorily, the students will have qualified in the subject ‘ Supervisor Infantry Operations-Section’.

Operation ASTUTE is the Australian Government's response to a request from the Government of Timor-Leste to assist in restoring peace to their country.

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has deployed to Timor-Leste with a mission to assist the Government and the United Nations to bring stability, security and confidence to the Timorese to allow them to resolve their differences democratically and peacefully.

There are approximately 1000 ADF personnel currently serving in Timor-Leste. This force will remain in Timor-Leste continuing to provide a robust response capability to support the Government of Timor-Leste and the United Nations Police force.

Police from Australia and 24 other nations throughout the world provide security in Dili. The ADF provides support to these police operations as required.

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is working alongside the ADF to assist with this mission.