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Army November 12, 2009
GETTING Christmas mail to and from loved
ones on deployment is a priority for Defence and
To provide this critical link during periods of heavy
domestic Christmas traffic, all mail addressed to AFPOs
1, 7, 8, 10, 12, 13, 14, 16, 18 and 20 should reach the
Australia Post Defence Mail Facility in Sydney by
December 7. All mail addressed to AFPOs 2, 5, and 11
should reach the facility by December 11.
The best advice is get in early but, if there is any
doubt, senders within Australia should check with their
local Australia Post retail outlet, customer call centre
Australia Post website
to determine an appro-
p riate posting date
from their location to
meet the closing dates.
Deployed forces should
check with their local
AFPO to determine an
appropriate posting date
from their location.
Remember that material that might be considered
humorous or simply everyday in the home context might
not be acceptable or might be prohibited in certain coun-
All mail is subject to border scrutiny. Senders should
ensure all customs documentation and declarations are
filled out correctly and attached to the parcel. Also make
sure to have proof of identity when posting a parcel. If
the parcel doesn't comply with international mail secu-
rity requirements it might be held up or be rejected by
Mail sent via the Defence network is restricted to
personal mail only for Defence personnel or approved
agencies working with Defence and may not attract
international rates of postage.
These arrangements do not cater for any material of
a humanitarian or goodwill nature. These items attract
normal international rates of postage and should be sent
via the civilian mail system.
For land-based personnel:
Serial Number, Rank,
Operation (add name)
AFPO (add number)
FORCES NSW 2890
By Lt Bill Heck
WHEN candidates volun-
teered for the Indigenous Pre-
Recruit Course being held
in western Sydney they got
involved in more than they
Thirty young people have
travelled from all parts of the
country to take part in the
eight-week course to give them
a taste of military life and expe-
rience the benefits offered by a
career in Defence.
The program was designed
in consultation with indigenous
groups, TAFE, the Department
of Education, Employment
and Workplace Relations, the
Department of Indigenous
Affairs and the ADF.
WO1 Colin Watago is the
man on the ground, running a
course he says can change lives
for the better.
"This is a process of chang-
ing thinking and behaviour to
develop a work culture and
mutual respect based on tradi-
tional Defence ethos and val-
ues," WO1 Watago said.
"In short, the end state is
to help these young people to
be citizens who contribute in
a positive way to the commu-
nity, irrespective of whether or
not they end up working for
The course includes rigor-
ous physical training, a field
phase, visits to Defence facili-
ties around Sydney, and class-
room elements culminating
in an opportunity to test for
Defence Force entry.
Jason Scroggy, a 21-year-
old construction worker from
western Sydney, said he decid-
ed to do the course to change
the direction of his life.
"I didn't like school much,
dropped out in Year 9 and tried
lots of different work since,"
"I know I would really like
to join the Army and this course
is going to help me to get my
education up to the standard I
Nelson Donaldson, 18, of
Townsville, said he wanted
"to make something of my life
instead of just wasting it".
"I am looking to join the
Army, not only for the work
but also the discipline because
and teach other kids how to do
something with their lives," he
Deputy Director of Defence
Force Indigenous Affairs
Michael Rowe said success
rates for the course to date were
"This is a specialised path-
way to employment program
with over 80 per cent of the
graduates going on to pass the
Defence Force aptitude tests,"
"It is delivered collaborative-
ly, it is intensive, it is culturally
appropriate and it consolidates
skills including communication,
teamwork and leadership."
Mail on time
for Christmas New path for young
Strapping: WO1 Colin Watego, right, shows students Nelson
Donaldson, rear, and Jason Scroggy, front, how to set up their
packs for the course.
Photo by Cpl Ricky Fuller
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