MONTHS of being closely scrutinised have prepared Australia's Federation Guard personnel for the highlight of their ceremonial careers.

Gallipoli contingent second-in-charge Sergeant Paul Obersteller said the troop of 18 navy, army and air force men and women was chosen from about 160 personnel.

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They will form catafalque parties as well as mind flags, wreaths and have a general presence in the crowd.

"They are pretty much watched for their performance and their drilling ability over a six to eight month period and then selected on their merits," Sgt Obersteller said.

"If they don't cut the mustard or they are not holding their weight well then they won't be selected to represent Australia's Federation Guard overseas."

Australia’s Federation Guard catafalque party members rehearse their role at Anzac Cove for Saturday’s dawn service
Australia’s Federation Guard catafalque party members rehearse their role at Anzac Cove for Saturday’s dawn service

He said the members worked very hard to earn their spots.

"To come over here and to represent the Australian Defence Force at such a significant event is obviously second to none.

"It's an absolute honour for them."

Sgt Obersteller said the precision drill team members were very good at what they did.

"They are used to being in front of a camera and in front of big crowds.

"Obviously they will have a lot of nerves and emotions before they take off but once they start doing their drill movements they will be fine."
 


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