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Army March 17, 2011
A NEW Career Management
Cycle (CMC) for Other Ranks
has been rolled out this year to
help ease the process of deliv-
ering posting orders on time.
A release from the Soldier
Career Management Agency
(SCMA) said because of the
large volume of candidates
for promotion, a disciplined
approach to decision making
was needed and the revised
CMC was a more robust pro-
cess for helping soldiers in their
The release said changes
had been made, particularly to
how candidates would be pre-
sented to a Personnel Advisory
Committee (PAC) to ensure the
process was managed efficient-
ly before the release of posting
orders in July.
The first phase of the new
system filters candidates to
ensure they meet the basic
requirements for promotion.
This process will include a
candidate's eligibility based on
the promotion eligibility zone
and their requirements for trade
on February 1 of the year of
presentation to PAC.
Candidates who advance
to the next phase will be con-
sidered by a panel and ranked
against their peers before being
given a banding based on three
Band 1: Suitable for promo-
tion if positions are available
in the CMC. If not promoted
they will be represented to
PAC for the next CMC.
Band 2: Not suitable within
the CMC but will be recon-
sidered in the next CMC.
Band 3: Although still a val-
ued member of Army, the
member will not be consid-
ered again. Essentially the
panel believes the member
has reached ceiling rank.
The panel's decision is then
communicated to a candidate's
CO and is also available on the
PMKeyS self-service portal.
Candidates may present
themselves to PAC for promo-
tion for a maximum of six years.
The key to success was
a high level of performance
as well as meeting the ser-
vice requirements for promo-
tion indicated in a candidate's
according to the SCMA release.
The agency also recom-
mended soldiers discuss their
career aspirations with their
chain of command and appro-
priate career manager.
For more information on the new
CMC, go to the SCMA intranet site.
By Sarah McMullen
and Kara Pasmore
THE ADF's largest ever health
research program, the MEAO Health
Study, is now open to reservist and ex-
The study is expanding its research
beyond serving members based on evi-
dence indicating physical and mental
health outcomes for ex-serving mem-
bers are different from those of serving
Formal invitations to take part in the
study will be sent throughout this year to
reservists and ex-serving members with
The head of the University of
Queensland node of the Centre for
Military and Veteran's Health, Associate
Professor Susan Treloar, said reserv-
ist and ex-serving members interested
in taking part needn't wait for a formal
"Given that ex-serving and reservist
ADF members can be more difficult to
locate, we welcome these group mem-
bers to contact us directly," she said.
"We need their current contact details
in order to send information about how
to join the study.
"Log-in and password details for a
secure online survey will also be sent, or
there is the option to do a mailed paper
Individual study responses and
MEAO health study now
open to more members
information are kept secure and confi-
dential by authorised research staff at
the University of Queensland and the
University of Adelaide. The study has
the endorsement of both CDF and the
Professor Treloar said all participants'
privacy would be protected and no iden-
tifiable information would be provided to
Defence or the Department of Veterans'
Affairs. The overall results of the study
will be important to both departments in
terms of revealing any linkages between
deployment exposures and experiences,
and subsequent health problems among
For more information on the MEAO Health Study
go to www.cmvh.org.au/milhop, call the centre
on 1800 886 567 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Rank revision: The new Career Management Cycle will classify promotion candidates as suitable for promotion, not suitable
in the current cycle but able to be reconsidered in the next cycle, or at ceiling rank and not suitable for further promotion.
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