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THAT'S not my job, sir. How often do we hear
ourselves saying that line?
But then again, do we really know what our
job is? For the vast majority of us, there is no such
thing as a job statement for our position.
If there is, it is usually a set of bullet points in
our PRP, jotted down by our supervisor at the start
of the year in a rush to leave work on time.
There are, however, a select few bosses out
there smart enough to get their guys to write their
own job statements and, as a reward, have the
privilege of leading surely our most motivated of
our men (and women, as appropriate).
Nobody in the world knows a guy's job as well
as he does, except, perhaps, his predecessor. What
then is stopping each and every one of us from sit-
ting down and writing our own job statements, in
functional terms, and then having them agreed to
by our bosses?
Then, on a day when it's not offline, we could
enter them onto PMKeyS Self Service next to
our position numbers so that our replacements
can see them on their posting orders. It would
certainly shed some light on 00447551BV-SO3
If there's one thing I've learned about the
Australian soldier after 10 years of service, it's
that he will break his back for me if that's what
his job is. The problem is the amount of effort he
puts into telling me what his job isn't. If only he
would put all that creative thought into something
productive, like sending the Chief a good idea
once in a while. Maybe, when you come to write
your job statement, that might be a good place to
start. Creativity is, after all, the engine that drives
Capt Darian Macey
WE HAVE now reached
that time of year when
the business end of the
posting cycle is nearly
heralds a daily stream of
"spam" signals being sent
to all and sundry with
for personnel posted to
(insert the name of spam-
ming unit here)."
With the advent of
PMKeys, we have moved
from posting orders via
signal to a web-based
search engine. Surely it
is not too hard to include
a section on the postings
webpage where each unit
could list their march-in
Adaptable Army any-
Maj Dion Nohlmans
Land Warfare Centre
Army September 17, 2009
A watch wake-up
HAVE YOUR SAY
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HOPEFULLY, with the recent
attempted terrorist situation in
Victoria, there will be a seri-
ous revision of the base security
arrangements across Australia.
Having unarmed civilian secu-
rity guards that can barely get out
of the guard box to have a cursory
glance at a piece of plastic in your
hand is not very secure, never
mind the poor fencing surround-
ing the bases.
If the terrorists were actu-
ally organised and undetected
there would be a great number of
dead ADF members waiting for
the local police to front up with a
revolver to save them.
The UK has had armed guards
and decent security arrangements
on its bases for decades now, as
have the USA and many other
countries. The security situation in
the world has changed and we can
no longer stay as we have operated
WO2 David Harvey
Directorate of Logistics Processes and
RAAF Williams, Laverton
Peter Dickens, A/Chief Security
Officer, Defence Security Authority,
WO2 Harvey's letter regarding
Defence base security in light
of recent events in Melbourne
provides me with an opportunity
to highlight Defence's efforts to
ensure the security of its people.
I stress that the Secretary and
the CDF take most seriously the
safety, security and wellbeing of
ADF members, their families and
Defence employees, and Defence
contractors and visitors to its
As we all are aware, Defence
employs a range of protective
security measures to safeguard its
people and installations. These
physical and personnel secu-
rity measures provide a layered
response to mitigate security risks.
Defence's protective security
alert system, SAFEBASE, pro-
vides guidance on appropriate
responses to varying threat levels.
SAFEBASE levels are reviewed
regularly. Access and entry control
functions undertaken by security
guards are only one part of our
Defence has completed a
review of current security meas-
ures at its bases and made a
number of recommendations.
A Base Security Improvement
Program team has been formed
to implement these. A number of
improvements have already been
completed, with action under way
on the remainder.
The matters raised by WO2
Harvey fall within the scope of this
review. Defence will be working
hard over the coming months to
implement its recommendations.
It's all in a
Checkpoint: Improvements to base security have been made with
more to follow.
Photo by Cpl Bernard Pearson
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