Top gun Justin makes his mark

Private Justin Frost at this year's Australian Army Skill at Arms Meeting. Picture: Australian Defence Force
Private Justin Frost at this year's Australian Army Skill at Arms Meeting. Picture: Australian Defence Force

The 23-year-old private and talented rifleman, who joined the Australian Army in 2009, took on some of the world’s best military marksmen at Puckapunyal military base, in |Victoria.

Pte Frost, who completed Year 12 at Swan View Senior High School, tried his hand at a number of different jobs in the building trade before he decided ‘to give the army a go’.

His talent with the army’s service rifle ” the F88 Austeyr ” was recognised when he achieved the prestigious army Marksmanship Badge.

AASAM is the Australian Defence Force’s top international shooting competition and attracted more than 350 entrants from 17 countries, each vying for this year’s coveted titles of champion shot, best unit team and best international team.

The competition was designed to pitch the world’s best soldiers against each other in a tough, combat-like environment that tested the skills required of a modern fighting soldier, using their standard issue rifles, sniper rifles, pistols and machine guns. This year the competition included teams from Australia, Canada, France, Indonesia, Timor, Brunei, UK, US, NZ, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Japan, Philippines, PNG, China and Tonga.

Marksmen competed in a series of team and individual shooting events day and night over a variety of distances and shooting scenarios, with snipers engaging moving targets and targets at more than 1000m. There was also a bayonet assault course to simulate close-quarter fighting.

‘It was great, we shot every day and it was great working with other armies ‘