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What is the workforce
THE workforce alignment activity is the
Army’s way to align our establishment
with the capability development oppor-
tunities from the Defence White Paper
We will increase combat enabler
capability by modest adjustment in some
combat numbers and the acquisition of
new equipment. This is an approach being
taken by a number of Western armies
because of the increasing power of
The workforce alignment activity will
result in some amended unit structures at
home and more powerful combat group-
ings on operations.
This activity occurs within the extant
Plan Beersheba. The Beersheba force gen-
eration cycle supports no-notice national
mission tasks and very short notice con-
tingencies. Higher intensity combat tasks
will continue to be tailored from force
elements in the ‘ready’ phase.
This tried and tested approach recog-
nises the importance of organisational
flexibility to best prepare the Army for
This is an exciting opportunity to
enhance our Army with new and advanced
capabilities to ensure we maintain an
advantage over potential adversaries.
The workforce alignment activity has
already started and is anticipated to con-
clude with the January 2019 posting cycle
though much of the new equipment will
progressively enter service from that date.
This modernisation process will take
time so it is essential that we start now in
order to build a well trained force struc-
ture to support the planned investment.
Local area chains of command have been
notified of the changes as they relate to
specific units and locations.
Does this mean some
people will be made
No. No one will be made redundant.
Rebalancing our structures will result in
further growth and skilling opportunities
for new and serving personnel.
The workforce alignment activity will
provide some soldiers new opportunities
to try other trades and Army will support
them to do so. There may be a number of
personnel who, for a short period, will be
managed within their existing unit or post-
ing locality through pool position arrange-
ments. Ultimately this activity will pro-
vide new opportunities for our workforce
and improve the availability of workforce
in critical trades.
What will this mean for
Enabler capabilities, particularly in 6 Bde,
will see some increases to their capacity
through modernisation projects and work-
force growth. Intelligence, cyber, EOD
and armoured breaching are some of the
areas that will benefit from the workforce
alignment plan. These are critical ele-
ments worthy of additional investment as
they are capabilities essential to our com-
bat capability and support our contribution
to the joint force.
What does it mean for the
Combat brigades will evolve to include
one infantry battalion with infantry
Exciting times ahead for our Army
The workforce alignment of Plan Beersheba
will support the Army’s ability to function as
part of the joint land force. CA Lt-Gen Angus
Campbell explains what it means.
Preparing for war is our mission. I want our Army
to have every advantage on the modern battlefield.
The Defence White Paper 2016 invests in new
and updated capabilities (e.g. cyber, enhanced air
defence, long-range rocket artillery, and land-based
anti-ship missiles) that will significantly enhance
Army’s capacity to meet current and emerging threats.
Our people need to be well trained, well equipped and
well led to be a world-class land force into the future.
This initiative will better align our force structure to
meet this challenge.
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fighting vehicles and one infantry battal-
ion with protected mobility vehicles.
While the infantry will still hold their
dismounted skills, they will now have
greater firepower and targeting capability
down to section level.
An additional cavalry squadron per
armoured cavalry regiment will increase
the reconnaissance and surveillance capa-
bility within the combat brigades.
The new infantry fighting vehicles,
combat reconnaissance vehicles and
armoured engineer capability will provide
greater protection for our people from
highly lethal weapon systems and hold the
same mobility as our most capable close
combat platform – the M1A1 Abrams
The combat brigades will now have
greater options to operate as part of a
joint force within an increasingly lethal
Additionally, the Army will continue
to provide a significant contribution to the
ADF’s joint amphibious capability. This
contribution will see the dedicated re-
rolling of 2RAR as a specialist amphibi-
ous infantry battalion.
Together with the integration of sup-
porting reserve companies, 2RAR is the
Army’s lead for generating a pre-landing
force in support of a combat brigade.
What advantages will the
Land 400 vehicles give to
the combat brigades?
Equipping and training our soldiers is
essential to Army’s contribution to the
joint force and mission success.
The progressive introduction of the
new combat reconnaissance vehicles and
infantry fighting vehicles will enable a
more agile, potent, networked and interop-
The Army’s new structures combined
with Land 400 vehicles will provide
increased protection and firepower to our
soldiers, and support sending information
faster around the battlespace. Ultimately,
this will support the tactical employment
and survivability of our force.
How will the training
system be affected by the
The transition to the new structures will
come with a training liability different
to the existing requirement. The Army
will adjust our recruitment and trainee
numbers to support the new capabilities.
Director General Training and
Doctrine and the training system will also
receive additional workforce to reduce
some of the non-platform support burden
placed on the combat brigades.
Through the rebalance activity, our
training model will be streamlined and
continue to produce the world’s best
Will it affect the Army
Today’s reserve generates real capabil-
ity used across all of Army’s endeavours.
Through the introduction of new capabili-
ties, the Army seeks to make best use of
our people, both regular and reserve – this
is known as a Total Force.
Using a Total Force approach, the
Army is more capable of tailoring solu-
tions to the variety of diverse challenges
expected in the future. Having employed
more than 2400 reserve personnel on
operations since 2004, it is very clear the
contribution of the reserve is essential to
the security of Australia.
As an example of our next steps, to
support 2RAR’s general infantry and
specialist amphibious roles, we will need
to integrate reserve companies into its
For more information, visit www.army.gov.au
Lt-Gen Angus Campbell,
Chief of Army
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