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Q: What is happening with the MI and RI bonuses?
A: I have had further questions recently on this issue.
I want to reinforce what has been said previously. Any
posting to a training establishment is considered as a
Those who are selected to do this job need to be
high-quality and soundly performing instructors. Every
individual who is assigned the responsibility to be an
instructor should take great pride in their role.
I know that this role gives considerable personal
satisfaction because of the great responsibility to train
the Army's recruits, IETs and future NCOs who must
be up to standard, highly capable and who can effec-
tively contribute to the Army's mission.
The current conditions associated with the RI bonus
cease on June 30, 2012.
To be eligible for the RI bonus, RIs must have com-
menced their duties on or before June 30, 2011. If you
start your posting to Kapooka in January 2011 you will
The bonus is under review against other competing
It has not been decided whether it will continue past
June 2012. When a decision is made it will be distrib-
uted through the chain of command and Army.
The MI bonus ceased in June. The eligibility for the
bonus ceased in July 2009. There is no plan to replace
Q: Where are the socks in the clothing stores?
A: I have been asked about the delivery of socks on a
number of occasions in the past few weeks. Following
is the situation as at July 29:
there has been a delay in getting the stock to the
clothing stores because of a technical issue with the
stock was released for 1, 3, 7 Bdes from July 22;
stock will be progressively released to other areas as
it becomes available;
as more stock becomes available it is being released
to clothing stores; and
not all sizes are available.
If there are any further issues with the socks shrink-
ing, you should fill out a RODUM immediately and
let your chain of command know. I hope the issue has
Curse IT: passwords don't come easy
WEREN'T computers supposed to
make life easier?
If this is the case then I am unsure
of why systems that are put in place to
make it so have a time limit, a require-
ment to change the password every
so often and a need for retraining if
your time has lapsed. Yes, I am talking
about PMKeyS and DRMS.
It seems that if you lose your
access for both systems, besides hav-
ing to re-apply for access (more paper-
work) you also need to be retrained.
This means a day of DRMS training
and for PMKeyS a chance to try and
get onto Campus before you can get
your access back.
Why is it that once I am trained to
drive or crew a carrier or ASLAV it is
expected that I am able to jump back
ple of years, but if I miss out on log-
ging onto PMKeyS for 90 days then I
have to do everything but supply a litre
of blood from my firstborn to get that
I also need a password for eve-
rything from logging on to TASMIS
and most of them have a requirement
to change every so often. I am up to
seven different passwords just for the
job, then I have to remember phone
numbers and PINs (and not forget my
wife's or my kid's birthday).
When a password is required to
be changed I cannot use one I used in
a previous life. And it must contain a
mixture of numbers and words, ele-
ments of the periodic table and EMO
I am sure that there are other peo-
ple out there who have more pass-
words than me, but when will this
Is there a chance of going back to
carbon paper and when minutes were
minutes? Life was so much easier
WO2 Robert Butchart
School of Armour
I WOULD like to thank whole
heartedly the Defence Information
Systems Department for the ingen-
ious ways that they continue to come
up with for DRN users to change
I've just changed my password
again at the usual interval and now we
are required to have letters, numbers
and now a non-alphanumeric character
Are you guys making the pass-
words harder to remember so you can
justify the existence of the help desk?
Seriously people, get a grip.
I need seven different passwords to
operate in my current job, not to men-
tion armoury access codes and the like,
and I'm confident that I am not alone
Here's a suggestion: how about you
guys get together and work out a way
to combine all of these passwords on
I can understand the need for secu-
rity but how secure is it when people
are forced to write passwords down
because there are simply too many to
Sgt Jeremy Armstrong
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