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I WAS wondering if the ADF would
consider a new type of leave.
I am an active Army reservist and a
stay-at-home mum for a one-year-old.
My husband is in the full-time Army.
If I was employed and was going to
attend reserve activities, my employer
must let me attend without taking days
out of my book. At the moment if I
attend a reserve activity, my husband
has to take leave to look after our child
so I can keep up my skills as a reservist.
I was wondering if a new type of
leave could be invented so I can attend
reserve activities, and my husband can
take leave to look after our child with
no days taken out of his book.
I understand that he can't be released
in a busy period -- such as deployments
or bush periods -- just when leave is
available to be taken.
It's very important for reservists to
keep their skills up, but we don't want
to spend all of my husband's leave to
achieve that and miss out on family
Pte Fiona Woolley
Col Tony Hambleton, Director Personnel
THANK you for your suggestion to cre-
ate another type of leave to enable your
husband to support your continued ser-
vice in the reserves.
I would like to dispel a misconcep-
tion about employers' obligations to
release you for reserve service. The
Australian Public Service does have
provisions that allow for personnel to
render reserve service at no detriment
to their leave and pay. But these provi-
sions are conditional.
Civilian employers in gener-
al are not bound by legislation to
release employees for reserve service.
Depending on their individual level
of support, this may be conditional on
leave without pay, minimum time frames
for reserve attendance or enforcing
employees to take their accrued leave.
Reserve service is a form of employ-
ment, and in your suggestion you are
essentially asking Defence to cover your
childcare arrangements while drawing
on tax-free salary.
Army does not support creating
another leave type to that which already
exists. However, there are policies and
mechanisms in place that may ease
some of the strain on your family unit
in order to support your reserve career.
A possibility available to your hus-
band, apart from taking current leave
entitlements, is to ask his supervisor
to support flexible workplace arrange-
ments. This, of course, depends on
his work arrangements and whether
he meets the criteria, as detailed in
DI(G) Flexible Work Arrangements for
Members in the ADF.
Options for him range from tem-
porary home-located work, variable
working hours, or part-time leave
without pay. The summary of Defence
Instructions below provides an idea of
Temporary home-located work
(THLW). This enables the member to
complete work at a specified location
outside their normal workplace. THLW
may be used in a temporary or occa-
sional arrangement, or on an ongoing
basis for a specified time, on a part-time
or full-time basis.
Variable working hours (VWH).
VWH allow members the flexibility to
vary their start and finish times and
periods of absence from the workplace
to suit their individual circumstances.
This may be used in one-off cases or as
an ongoing arrangement.
Part-time leave without pay
(PTLWOP). PTLWOP enables mem-
bers to maintain continuity of service
although working a reduced number of
days in any fortnightly pay period to
accommodate personal requirements.
ON PAGE three of the November 11
edition of Army, in an article attributed
to Sgt Jes Smith, US Army and Leut
Todd Austin, RAN, the second para-
graph reads: "It was a bitter-sweet cer-
emony for the departing MTF 1, who
lost four soldiers during the deploy-
In fact, MTF 1 lost six soldiers. The
two 'forgotten' lads were Sprs Jacob
Moerland and Darren Smith, killed in
action by an improvised explosive device
on June 7. Spr Smith's explosive detec-
tion dog Herbie, was also killed in the
Both soldiers were members of this
unit and were the first lost on the deploy-
It would be more correct to say that
6RAR lost four soldiers and 2CER lost
two. MTF 1 lost six in all.
Lest we forget.
Maj Brad Skinner
OUR apologies for the mistake. The
names of Sprs Moerland and Smith
are on the list of 10 added to the
Roll of Honour at the Australian War
Memorial on November 11.
Correction and apologies to MTF 1
Leave entitlements: Flexible
working arrangements can
help families to balance work/
Photo by Maj Ian Toohill
22 LETTERS AND VIEWPOINTS
Army November 25, 2010
Looking for new leave option
I HAVE been advised see
that an amendment to ASOD
directs that "the metal
'Australia' shoulder titles
are no longer worn on the
mess dress but are worn on
I can accept the deletion
of the corps shoulder titles
from the Defence inventory
to reduce the number of line
items, reduce stock holdings
and to reduce Defence spend-
ing.However, I believe that it
is confusing to stipulate which
uniforms should and should
not be embellished with shoul-
The logical approach
would be to require metal
'Australia 'shoulder titles on
all uniforms with epaulettes,
and not worn on uniforms
Even (Pte) Blind Freddy
could understand that.
WO1 Reynold Oh
Dundas Training Depot
WO Stephen Ward, RSM-A,
AUSTRALIA titles have been
removed from all forms of
One of the reasons is that
there is an issue with fitting
them to the senior officer
epaulettes; the pins are too
weak and short. Rather than
get the pins extended on some
of the titles, the decision was
made to remove them from
all mess dress uniforms as an
interim step while we transi-
tion to a new mess dress.
The mess dress review is
well under way. We hope to
have prototypes to show all
SNCOs and above by the end
It is not long ago that we
never wore anything on the
SNCO/WO mess dress epau-
lette. I also note that (Pte)
Blind Freddy does not wear
mess dress. I hope that by the
time he becomes an SNCO you
will have educated him on cor-
rect dress requirements.
Under review: The metal 'Australia' patch
has been removed from all mess dress.
to mess dress
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