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Army December 10, 2009
tices and trainees from 8CSSB
won all five categories at the fifth
annual ARes Traineeship and
Apprenticeship Program (ARTAP)
awards night on November 21.
Cfn Ricky Gavenlock was named
Apprentice of the Year, Pte Mitchell
Sharp was Trainee of the Year, Cfn
Timothy Riordan won the Academic
Achievement award, Cfn Beau Pridue
won the Technical Achievement
award and Pte Matthew Heaver
received the Commander's Trophy.
The ARTAP awards recognise
pride of workmanship and best sol-
dierly attributes of eligible 8 Bde sol-
Nine ARTAP apprentices and
trainees graduated at the ceremony,
held at Wests Mayfield
Commander 2 Div Maj-Gen Craig
Williams and Commander 8 Bde Brig
Phillip Bridie attended the event,
which attracted about 100 partici-
pants and supporters.
"The graduates are winners
because the skills they have learnt
through the ARTAP are the launch
point of a worthwhile career," Maj-
Gen Williams said.
He said the ARes benefited
because the new tradesmen added to
military operational capability. And
the bosses were winners because their
employees gained civil trade skills
and learnt important values.
Grinning winners: ARTAP award recipients, from left, Pte Beau Pridue, Cfn Ricky Gavenlock, Pte Matthew
Heaver and Cfn Timothy Riordan, with Maj-Gen Craig Williams.
Photo by Dean Osland
THE base rank for the aircrewman trade will be
increased to corporal from January 1, 2010.
The change aims to establish a more sustainable
approach to a key capability within Army and is part of
the ongoing reform Army is driving through the Army
In 1994, the aircrewman base rank was reduced
from corporal to trooper to align the aircrewman trade
to an Army modelling structure.
Since then all applicants have required a minimum
of two years' service in the ADF before applying for
transfer. This was to ensure they were mature and con-
fident enough to contend with the responsibilities and
pressures placed on them.
With subsequent unit establishment reviews, the
need for corporals to support SOComd and pilot train-
ing increased, and the structure was not sustainable.
DGPers-A Brig Gerard Fogarty said the change
would ensure Army's aircrewmen were better able to
fully perform the role.
"This move will improve the rank parity between
all three services' aircrewmen. As the aircrewman is
responsible for all aspects of aircraft outside the pilot's
authority, it is important that Army's people have the
experience and qualifications to confidently perform
the role," he said.
A transition plan will be issued by DGPers-A this
month. SCMA will manage the promotion of all troop-
ers and lance corporals to corporal.
Some soldiers might have to be individually man-
aged during 2010 to ensure all are qualified and pro-
moted by December 2010.
SCMA has a management plan to ensure all trade
transferees are Junior Leader Course (JLC) qualified
before starting their aircrewman IET courses.
The intention is that all soldiers who pass the
Aircrewman Selection Board and are not JLC quali-
fied, will be placed on the JLC between the board and
the start of the IET.
Affected aircrewmen are encouraged to discuss
their circumstances with their chain of command.
A lift for
FOUR new job categories will now be eligible for
the Military Superannuation Benefits Scheme
(MSBS) Retention Benefit.
Multi Media Technicians, SAS Troopers Grade
2/3, recovery mechanics and corporals who work as
aircrewmen could be eligible for an extra year's net
salary if they meet the scheme's criteria.
Members of the categories added to the list, who
have completed 15 years' service and who wish to
be paid the MSBS Retention Benefit, must elect to
receive the benefit no later than January 21, 2010.
Members who have not completed 15 years'
service must elect to receive the benefit in the 90
days before they complete their 15 years.
Those who accept a retention benefit will be
committed to a further five years of ADF service in
their current trade.
Election applications should be posted to SO
MSBS, BP33--1--102, Department of Defence,
Canberra, ACT, 2600.
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