The Cove / AARC Short Thoughts Competition is now ended

A big thank you to everyone who submitted entries to this year's Short Thoughts Competition on Littoral Warfare. There was a wide range of topics, styles, messages and reflections across all the entries. The Cove will be publishing the winning submissions in reverse placing order over the next few days. Once winners are announced, we will be publishing our runner-up submissions on The Cove over coming weeks, so make sure you stay tuned for those.

About the 2024 AARC Short Thoughts Competition

This year, authors were invited to submit short written pieces (1000-1500 words) on the topic 'What is one way that you would see Army adapt in order to contribute to littoral warfare?'. Through this, we gained an understanding of the future character of war and the advancement of land power.

The judging panel from The Cove and Australian Army Research Centre (AARC) assessed all entries and selected the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. Two honourable mentions were also awarded, the SO1's Choice, selected by SO1 PME, LTCOL Chris Johnson; and People's Choice, selected by all members of The Cove/AARC as worthy of a special mention despite not being in the top 3.

Thank you to all contributors, it was a tough field this year with many competitive entries, but ultimately a few submissions stood out.


People's Choice: Investing in the North: Empowering the RFSG by PTE Buddy Worrigal

SO1's Choice: Bridging the Gap by Harrison Blain

3rd Place: Strategic Cooperation as Army Littoral Strategy by Shaun Cameron

2nd Place: Army Adapting its Views on Combined Arms to Optimise for Littoral Operations by Jordan Chee

1st Place: Medics in the Mangroves by Luke Dekkers


These authors receive an excellent prize pack from our prize pool. They have won:

1st Place: Choice of either Rheinmetall Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence (MILVEHCOE) tour or AARC-sponsored Land Forces seminar attendance + Cove Coin + Cove Merch pack

2nd Place: Remaining Rheinmetall Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence (MILVEHCOE) or Land Forces tour + Cove Coin + Cove Merch pack

3rd Place: 2024 Cove Coin and Cove Merch pack

SO1s Choice / People's Choice: Cove Coin & Cove Jarrah wood pen


Thank you to all who submitted to the 2024 AARC Short Thoughts Competition! We received so many high-quality submissions this year, so keep checking The Cove for more insightful responses from our officers and soldiers.