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August 10, 2017
Leadership and ethics
THE Centre for Defence Leadership and
Ethics will conduct a CDF Leadership
Forum in Canberra from August 23-25.
The forum presents an opportunity for
NCOs and SNCOs to think about their
leadership and influence within the ADF.
The aims of the forum are to: enable
SNCOs and NCOs from across the three
services to engage with the senior leader-
ship of the ADF; allow senior leaders to
engage and articulate their leadership
expectations; expose participants to key
issues affecting the ADF; and, allow all
participants to be exposed to leadership
lessons from the knowledge and experi-
ence of presenters and from other partici-
pants. The forum is aimed at personnel
from Cpl to WO2 rank with facilitators at
the WO1 level. Nominations will be called
for through single-service points of contact.
For more information contact WOFF Darcy
Henriksen at darcy.henriksen@defence.
TWENTY-six trainees graduated from their
IET course at the Defence Force School of
Intelligence at Kokoda Barracks, Canungra,
on July 14. They completed eight weeks
of training and are now starting careers in
combat and specialist intelligence roles.
Sgt Matthew Rayner was recognised as
the student of merit for achieving excellent
results during the course. His brilliant per-
formance extended outside the academic
sphere and he was routinely observed
assisting course peers with their studies
and mentoring junior soldiers. Pte Callum
Bruun was presented with the academic
award. AUSTINT corps is expanding the
size of its workforce under Plan Athena
to meet today’s operational requirements
by graduating increased numbers of IET
entrants. If you are interested in employ-
ment opportunities in AUSTINT, contact the
Head of Corps Cell at HOCCellAUSTINT@
AN EXCITING update to the Cove
will soon be launched in Canberra
after impressive feedback in its
first eight months as Army’s pre-
mier professional military education
Since its launch in December, the
Cove has welcomed over 250,000
viewers from more than 100 countries.
On August 25, CA Lt-Gen Angus
Campbell will launch ‘Break In,’ the
next channel of the Cove network.
The Break In channel will unlock
more than 150 professional develop-
ment content posts across a variety of
topics including war, strategy, leader-
ship and ethics, military history, tactics
and operational art.
Developed in consultation with
subject matter and academic experts,
Break In caters for a targeted audi-
ence of Sgt to WO1 and Capt to Maj.
It aims to provide a hub of Australian
and international resources to assist in
self-study and unit professional devel-
The other channels of the Cove will
continue to provide content appropri-
ate for all ranks and encourage discus-
sion, information sharing, collabora-
tion and innovation across a broader
Director General Training and
Doctrine Brig Mick Ryan said Break
In covered a range of topics that
A NEW recruitment campaign titled
‘The ADF Surprised Us’ was launched
on July 28 to attract the best talent from
Australia’s diverse population.
The campaign features culturally
diverse ADF members sharing their
stories to encourage more Australians to
consider a career in the ADF.
The ADF members featured in the
campaign are from Chinese, Indian,
Middle Eastern, Vietnamese, Malaysian,
Indigenous and Caucasian backgrounds,
and many serve in science, technology,
engineering and mathematics roles.
CDF ACM Mark Binskin said the
ADF was respected as a highly skilled
and professional military force.
“To be our best, we must recruit the
highest quality people from the widest
possible talent,” ACM Binskin said.
“As a proud multicultural nation,
Australia’s top talent represents a
variety of languages, culture and back-
grounds. That diversity challenges tradi-
tional thinking and produces innovative
solutions – qualities that set the ADF
Defence Minister Marise Payne said
Defence’s greatest asset was its people.
“The ADF should reflect the diverse
society that is Australia today,” Minister
“A diverse workforce provides a
greater range of ideas and insights to
challenge accepted norms and will help
strengthen our capability and our opera-
For more information on the campaign, visit
at the launch
Photo: LS Tom
Cove website to expand
catered to all learning styles – videos,
books, podcasts, webinars and pre-
prepared lesson plans, available to
users at the touch of a button.
“There’s something for everyone,
depending on where they are at in their
careers,” he said.
RSM-A WO1 Don Spinks said it
was fantastic to watch the progress of
“Professional military education is
important to all of us, regardless of
rank or core job role,” he said.
“The Cove provides us with an
opportunity outside the normal profes-
sional development career courses, and
I think that’s really important.”
Check it out at cove.org.au, on Facebook:
The Cove – Australian Army, Twitter:
@covetweet or email email@example.com
A new section of the Cove website – the ‘Break In’ – will launch on August 25.
DEFENCE hosted Chinese mili-
tary officials during a goodwill
visit to Australia from July 15-19.
The Political Commissar,
Southern Theatre Command of the
Chinese People’s Liberation Army
(PLA), Gen Wei Liang, met with
CDF ACM Mark Binskin during
The Chinese delegation also
visited Victoria Barracks and
HMAS Watson in Sydney.
The meetings between senior
Defence officials and Gen Wei
Liang provided an opportunity
to exchange views on regional
issues and Australia-China defence
“It is important for Australia
and China to maintain a posi-
tive defence relationship,” ACM
“I had a meaningful discus-
sion with Gen Wei and welcomed
the opportunity to reinforce the
relationship between Australia and
The goodwill delegation’s
visit provided an opportunity to
strengthen people-to-people links
and foster transparency between the
ADF and PLA.
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