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Army April 28, 2011
PREPARATIONS are on track
for the introduction of the revised
Medical Employment Classification
(MEC) system in July.
A range of implementation strat-
egies are in process, including an
improved Defence instruction, train-
ing package for health-care workers
and a rewrite of policy documents.
The system overhaul is designed
to better reflect modern ADF health
requirements and will include a
revised five-tier system from the old
four tiers, as reported in Army on
Information provided by Joint
Health Command (JHC) said the
revised structure had clearly deline-
ated deployable and non-deployable
categories with a number of new
MEC sub-classifications within each
The overarching personnel policy
that directs the MEC system -- DI(G)
Pers 16-15 -- is being processed
through Defence Legal.
JHC is finalising the policy and
procedures to support the transition
of the revised MEC system by the
time DI(G)Pers 16-15 is released.
A comprehensive training package
to support the revised system is being
prepared and will be in place well
ahead of the implementation date to
ensure all ADF health personnel are
trained and familiar with the revised
Additionally, a significant rewrite
and amalgamation of two health
directives -- HD242 and HD236 -- into
a health manual was required to sup-
port the revised Defence instruction
DI(G) Pers 16-15. This began last
October and is in the final draft stages
before being released.
The MEC Implementation Project
team conducted an initial round of
stakeholder engagement throughout
November and December last year.
The team's aim was to obtain input
from regional health personnel to
ensure suggestions, requirements and
professional needs were proposed,
considered and incorporated into the
revised MEC system.
The JHC information stated that
the input from regional health person-
nel was the very key to the success of
A second round of regional health
stakeholder workshops to support the
training package rollout will be car-
ried out in May.
JHC said the project was on time
and being delivered with a robust
communication, change management
and risk management plan with vis-
ible corporate governance.
changes due soon
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COMMANDERS in the field, head-
quarters planning staff, target ana-
lysts and soldiers on the ground all
rely on geospatial support to effec-
tively and accurately do their jobs.
Signed for implementation in
mid-December last year, the Defence
Geospatial Strategy 2010 (DGS2010)
outlines the development and coordi-
nation of Army's geospatial capabili-
ties for the next five years.
Chief of Joint Operations Lt-Gen
Mark Evans welcomed DGS2010 and
said geospatial information was criti-
cal to the conduct of operations now
and in the future.
He said the Army had long
depended on geospatial support for
situational awareness, navigation,
manoeuvring and targeting, as well
as to enhance its overall mission plan-
"Our geospatial capability is fun-
damental to enabling operations. The
correct governance of this capability
is expensive, but critically important,"
Lt-Gen Evans said.
He said the primary outcome of
DGS2010 was to build a Defence geo-
spatial domain that supported Force
The Defence Capability
Coordinator for Geospatial
Information, Steve Merchant, said
DGS2010 was a unifying document
that outlined how Defence would
achieve its ambition to develop geo-
spatial information superiority over its
"VCDF and I are keen for Defence
personnel to understand the impor-
tance of this joint capability and the
ramifications for us all if we do not
strive to achieve DGS2010's vision,"
Mr Merchant said.
The Commander of the Combat
Support and ISTAR Group, Brig
Jeffrey Sengelman, said geospa-
tial developments were progressing
well within his command. He said
DGS2010 would improve Army's
ability to fuse battlefield intelligence
and deliver effective support to land
"[Personnel from] 6 Bde provide
battle-space enablers to support air-
land integration, enhance joint fire
capability and provide networked
intelligence, surveillance, target acqui-
sition, reconnaissance and electronic
warfare support to war fighters," Brig
He said 1 Topo Svy Sqn and 6ESR
were experiencing rapid advance-
ments in predictive geospatial intel-
"Imagine, with the click of a
mouse, forward-deployed forces
empowered with the ability to walk
through 3D imaging and fast forward
or rewind an image through time.
The implication of predictive analysis
alone across the operational spectrum
"Through the use of geospatial
intelligence, 6 Bde force elements
will assist in solving daily operation-
al problems in ways that are quickly
understood by war fighters and easily
shared among decision makers.
"Army is at the forefront of these
developments and working in con-
cert with joint and Defence partners
to ensure it's up to the challenges of
today and the future."
New generation land capabilities
including the Battlefield Command
and ADF Joint Command Support
Systems, Soldier Combat Systems,
Armed Reconnaissance Helicopters
and Abrams tanks will rely heavily on,
or produce, geospatial information.
For more information on DGS2010 visit
on the DRN or email email@example.com
Force multiplier: The M1A1 Abrams tank and Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter are among the major combat
platforms that rely heavily on geospatial information.
Photo by LCpl Mark Doran
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