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Army November 12, 2009
By WO2 Graham McBean
A RADICAL new policy for the
career management of senior non-
commissioned soldiers is to help
warrant officers being promoted
to WO1 and beyond serve to the
compulsory retirement age.
CA Directive 37/09 details the
new concepts to develop a competi-
tive employment offer to accommo-
date the anticipated longer lifespan
of the average military career.
Career development will con-
tinue to be based on performance
against peers but the new system
better manages alternative options
for senior soldiers to serve in mean-
Lt-Col Michael Rozzoli, Career
Management Group SCMA, said
the new system formalised the pre-
vious ad hoc arrangements.
He said with reduced minimum
time-in-rank requirements a soldier
could now possibly reach WO1 by
aged 29 and better management of
career alternatives for soldiers not
competitive for higher RSM/WO1
duties was needed.
"What the policy does is maxim-
ise opportunities for trade and regi-
mental soldiers as well as provid-
ing extended service opportunities,"
Lt-Col Rozzoli said. "Instead of
Band 1: WO2s are offered promotion
on open-ended engagement (OEE).
Band 2: WO2s are offered a fixed
period of service (FPS) initially for nine
years. The only difference between this
promotion and a promotion on OEE is
the defined period of service with FPS.
The warrant officer remains widely
employable and will be considered for
further advancement along the WO1
tiered continuum. Additionally, the
WO1 is eligible for an extension of FPS.
Band 3: WO2s in Band 3 may be
offered a limited tenure promotion
(LTP). LTP provides for the promotion
of members who have skills relevant
to a particular position at WO1, but not
necessarily the skills to enable wider
employability at the WO1 rank. Tenure
will be limited to the duration of a
WOs to play on
coming to a spot where Army runs
out of meaningful jobs it is able to
apply the provisions of the extended
service list (ESL) and shape some
soldiers into other education and
The new directive essentially
consolidates separate initiatives
made to senior soldiers' career poli-
cy throughout the past decade.
One new policy initiative, howev-
er, is a band system that WO2s will
be assigned to on promotion, not
unlike lieutenant colonel to colo-
nel. Band 1 warrant officers will
be offered open-ended engagement.
Band 2 are offered a fixed period of
service initially for nine years and
considered for further employment
at the end of the nine years. Band
3 might be offered a limited tenure
The directive states that on
completion of the initial six-year
WO1 appointment, competitive
WO1s will move to a higher tier of
appointment or be offered another
position at their current level.
"Those WO1s who are not com-
petitive for a further tiered appoint-
ment will then be considered under
the provisions of the ESL."
The intent of the ESL will be to
manage the career options of those
warrant officers to either serve until
retirement age or reach a point
where they need to make a decision.
Lt-Col Rozzoli said most warrant
officers would notice little change.
"If senior soldiers keep out of the
bottom 7-10 per cent in terms of
performance and utility of employ-
ment, then life should be pretty
much the same," he said. "But it is
a choice various senior soldiers will
need to make with their eyes open."
CA Directive 37/09 is available on the
intranet on the CA's home page.
By WO2 Graham McBean
ONE lucky person was tickled pink
after winning Commander 1 Div's park-
ing space for two weeks, in a raffle to
support breast cancer.
A joint operation at HQ 1 Div to raise
awareness of breast cancer enlisted pink
hot dogs to raise $1600 for the Queensland
Cancer Council. Maj-Gen Mick Slater
donated his car parking space as one of
the fundraising prizes.
The triservice effort was organised by
Selina Karjalainen and long-time 1 Div
employee Yvonne Mionnet, known uni-
versally as Inky, who was diagnosed with
breast cancer in October last year.
Although the disease had spread to her
liver and bones, she has made an astonish-
ing recovery, which friends and colleagues
attribute to her remarkable optimism.
Ms Mionnet and Ms Karjalainen can-
vassed local businesses to provide prizes
for a monster raffle held on Pink Hot Dog
Day on October 23.
A local bakery came through for the
cause by providing pink bread rolls for the
fundraising morning tea.
Ms Mionnet said she had received tre-
mendous support from work colleagues
and outstanding medical treatment, and it
was time to give something back.
"The day was about all the other
women out there that are going through
breast cancer now -- there are about 30
women a day who get diagnosed with the
disease," Ms Mionnet said.
"We live in hope, which is a small
word, that a cure will be found one day
and if today's event can contribute towards
that goal then it will be a debt repaid."
Maj-Gen Slater said raising awareness
of breast cancer was an important goal
Pink dogs fly at 1 Div
but it was only when someone close was
affected that the real cost of the disease
"Inky is a special woman and she is
one of our own," Maj-Gen Slater said.
"Many of us here have been involved
with women who have suffered from
breast cancer -- just about everyone has
been touched somewhere along the line.
"We are all just thankful she has had
a remarkable recovery and now, for Pink
Ribbon Day, to use the morning tea to get
everyone else motivated."
The Pink Dog Day drew members of
1 Sig Regt, 16 Avn Bde and CSG-B to
the court yard of HQ 1 Div for the morn-
ing tea and monster raffle.
Information on donating to breast cancer
research or organising your own fundraiser is
available at http://www.nbcf.org.au/
Colourful day: Yvonne Mionnet pins
a pink ribbon on Maj-Gen Mick Slater.
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