By Ian McPhedran

AIR strength tells the action-packed, within tale of the fashionable Royal Australian Air strength, from East Timor and the Bali bombings to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Award-winning journalist and best-selling writer Ian McPhedran brings us gripping own bills of fighter pilots' bombing raids over Iraq, secret agent planes over Afghanistan, the operational nerve centre of the center East struggle and the supply of humanitarian relief in international trouble-spots.

This compelling narrative of the RAAF's airplane, management, traditions and personalities comes at a time of speedy switch, as know-how propels it into the following new release of air strength and the futuristic period of stealth.

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Ra mI--CARTRIDGE. One time and one motion. 170. Insert the rammer as far as the right, and steady it in this position with the thumb of the left hand; seize the rammer at the small end with the thumb and fore-finger of the right hand, the back of the hand to the front; press the ball home, the elbows near the body. 7. Return-RAMM4ER One time and three motions. 171. ) Draw the rammer half- vj 1. -fo. 174. SCHOOL OF THE SOLDIER-PART II. 45 way out, and steady it in this position with the left thumb; grasp it near the muzzle with the right hand, the little finger uppermost, the nails to the front, the thumb along the rammer: clear the rammer from the bore by extending the arm, the nails to the front, the rammer in the prolongation of the bore.

103. At the first command, the recruit will throw the weight of the body on the right leg, without bending the left knee. 104, At the third comnmand, he will smartly, but without a jerk, carry straight forward the left foot twenty-eight inches from the right, the SCHOOL OF THE SOLDIER-PAPT 1. 31 sole near the ground, the ham extended, the toe a little depressed, and, as also the knee, slightly turned out; he will, at the same time, throw the weight of the body forward, and plant flat the left foot, without shock, precisely at the distance where it finds itself from the right when the weigit of the body is brought forward, the whole of which will now rest on the advanced foot.

The rate (or swiftness) of each motion, in the manual of arms, with the exceptions herein indicated, is fixed at the ninetieth part of a minute; but, in order not to fatigue the attention, the instructor will, at first, look more particularly to the execution of the motions, without requiring a nice observance of the cadence, to which he will bring the recruits progressively, and after they shall have become a little familiarized with the handling of the piece. 137. As the motions relative to the cartridge, to the rammer, and to the fixing and unfixing of the bayonet, cannot be executed at the rate prescribed, nor even with a uniform swiftness, they will not be subjected to that cadence.

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