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All Reservists (Active and Specialist) should recently
have received mail asking about your civil skills (formal,
self-claimed, experience) for the Civil Skills Data e-survey.
It is very important that you complete this survey as it
helps the Australian Defence Force better identify people
with specific skills that can be drawn upon for emergencies,
exercises and deployments.
You will receive a half day pay for preparing and completing
the survey and it will also help your Reserve career.
It's time to complete the Civil Skills Data e-survey
There's still time for you to complete the survey. Make sure
you have all your paperwork ready -- licences, degrees and
other qualifications -- before you start.
If you have any questions about the survey, or any of the
information collected, please email your query and PMKeyS
number to ADO.CivilSkillsData@defence.gov.au
You can complete the survey on your own or a Defence
computer, but you should complete it as soon as you can.
Visit www.civilskillsdata.com today
Skills in Reserve
Army March 31, 2011
IN THE November 25 edition of
Army last year, Lt-Col Jeff Butler,
Deputy Director, Command
and Control Systems Capability
Development, expressed his con-
cerns over the handing back of
funds from sports clubs as they
were considered public money.
He wrote: "The Defence
Sports Council is directing that
all funds held by Defence sports
clubs must be handed back to the
Commonwealth on the basis that
the funds held by the associations
are considered public money."
He further said that under the
definition provided by the Defence
Legal Counsel, service messes
would also come under scrutiny.
"Defence sporting clubs have
sourced funds from their members,
and also from corporate sponsor-
ship. Funds provided were for
the betterment of the sports asso-
ciation, not for Commonwealth
"If this is a legal requirement,
why is it only the clubs under the
national sports council that are
being affected? Why haven't the
individual services moved to recov-
er all the funds from their spon-
sored sports clubs and messes?"
Army this year sought a response
to the letter, which is published
Brig Peter Gates, Director General
Education,Training and Development
The Defence Sports Council
funds 24 Defence sporting asso-
These associations are run and
managed by Defence members. Like
any other Defence organisation, the
Council and associations have to
comply with relevant Defence pol-
icy and instructions. These include
those that detail how money given
to, or under, the control of the asso-
ciations is to be managed.
A review in 2010 identified
where the Council and associa-
tions needed to improve financial
management practices. This has
required changes to the way the
sporting associations manage the
money they receive from Defence,
and how they account for money
raised though fundraising and
These changes will not see any
association lose money allocated
to them or raised separately. The
main change is that all funds will
be held in official accounts instead
of in commercial bank accounts. All
funds will remain available for use
by the associations and can be car-
ried over from one financial year to
The Council has been work-
ing with each of the associations
to develop better and easier ways
of managing the impact of these
changes while ensuring the contin-
ued participation of Defence mem-
bers in elite level sport. Although
there remains some way to go before
the new processes and systems are
fully in place, we are on track to
have moved to the new arrange-
ments by the end of this year.
I DON'T understand why a
soldier who has to complete the
2.4km run can walk during the
run component of the BFA.
Should a walker doing the 5km
fail if he/she runs?
runner -- if they walk they fail?
After all, it is the fitness test of
a run that is being tested, not the
soldier's ability to walk/run and
come in under time.
Yes, the BFA should be timed,
however, the test should clearly
state the soldier must run. Walking
should constitute a fail.
Having seen many variations
to the BFA throughout my 28-plus
years, I still believe we are testing
the soldier's ability to run 2.4km or
Capt Michael Leckie
Why walk when you should run?
Military aid: Soldiers from 8/9RAR conduct a ground search for missing people
in the Grantham area during Op Queensland Flood Assist.Photo by PO Damian Pawlenko
AS RECENT victims of the Grantham
floods, we would like to say a very spe-
cial thank you to all the Army personnel
who helped us get our home and lives
back on track.
Not only did they search for our loved
ones through searing heat, they helped us
clean up all our scattered remains.
I will never forget the feeling I felt
when they were around and of the security
they offered to my family.
We also received care packs donated
from the barracks and they were very
Our community was very sad to see the
soldiers leave. We only wish that we could
return the favour. I have many of my fam-
ily and friends in the armed forces and it
makes me very proud to be Australian.
From my family and the community of
Grantham, a very heartfelt thank you.
You helped us through an extremely
Lynette and George McEwan
Formerly of Harris St, Grantham
Heartfelt thanks from
the people of Grantham
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