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Army September 3, 2009
I AM pleased to announce
that on August 28 Ar my
Reserve soldiers received
their first payment under
the new Graded Other
Ranks Pay Structure
This is the culmination
of five years’ work in ADF
The result demonstrates
to recognising the
make to Army. The pay changes will assist us to
meet future recruitment and retention targets and will
enable Army to track towards achieving its growth
This is a significant outcome and an important
achievement in our efforts to reward adequately the
skills and responsibilities our people exercise so well
on a daily basis.
The implementation has been a complex task,
but the team have worked tirelessly to ensure the
transition has been as smooth as possible.
A relatively small number of unforeseen
anomalies came to light during the final phase of the
implementation and the majority of these have since
All soldiers are encouraged to obtain a copy
from their UPR or DSG Customer Ser vice Centre for
comparison to their pre-GORPS payment advice to
check their GORPS pay scale is correct.
I encourage all soldiers to use the chain of
command as the first point of contact for any
If you have any concer ns with your pay
placement, please discuss it now with your
super visor, so we can assist you to achieve early
Lt-Gen Ken Gillespie
Chief of Army
For more information, go to http://intranet.defence.gov.au/
MESSAGE FROM THE CA
By Steve Ridgway
A NEW DVD will help ADF families plan
for, and deal with, absences of a family
member on duty.
“It is part of life in the ADF that from
time to time members have to be absent from
home,” CDF ACM Angus Houston said at the
launch of the DVD, Going Solo.
“This DVD is an exciting new resource
that will be a great help to our families. It will
help them become more self-reliant and thrive
in the wider community.”
The DCO initiative includes Muppet-style
characters to appeal to children, along with
tips from ADF families on how to stay con-
nected during an absence and how to get back
to normal when the family is reunited.
LCpl Glenn Ford and his family volun-
teered for the DVD after he returned from the
MEAO last year. He said staying in touch by
email and receiving care packages were great
His wife, Natasha, said it was important
for those at home to be innovative, positive
and organised. “If I don’t cope, the kids don’t
By Steve Ridgway
CHANGES to the Ammunition
Technician (AT) trade structure
will allow soldiers at the rank of
private to join the specialist explo-
sive-ordnance career path direct
from recruiting centres.
A major change to ECN 401 this
year means soldiers will no longer
have to reach corporal before trans-
ferring to the AT trade.
Capt Matt Dwyer, Army School
of Ordnance, said direct recruit-
ing through DFR would begin in
2010. Trade and corps transfers at
all ranks would still be considered
after that date.
He said the AT trade was the
only employment category in the
ADF that provided a specialist skill
set for the spectrum of explosive-
ordnance disposal and management.
“The new structure means pri-
vates can begin specialising in AT
class-five supply management,”
Capt Dwyer said. “The trade struc-
ture will be opened even further from
2010, when DFR will begin direct
As soldiers progressed through
the ranks they could attain further
skills for the management and dis-
posal of explosive ordnance, he said.
Postings are available at private
and corporal level in most Army
units around Australia. For ser-
geants and WO2s, there are postings
in ForCom and JLC, plus a year’s
posting to Butterworth and many
“Corps and trade transfer
remains achievable at all rank lev-
els,” Capt Dwyer said.
Information is available from julie.
(02) 6055 4646; or at http://intranet.
Bright future: An Ammunition PL student fires the primers
of 105mm cartridge cases as part of the Logistic Ammunition
Disposal phase of their training as ammunition technicians.
For those left at home, the show must go on
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