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Army April 28, 2011
I AM writing to bring an impor-
tant topic up once again -- cost
cutting within Defence -- as per
the Chief of Army's circulation
and discussions with the wider
Defence community in regards
to cost cutting.
One of the ways Defence could
save money is to look at the cost
of removals and the organisa-
tions that control movement with
respect to removals on postings.
I have found in my dealings
with these different organisations
that they tend to quote the manual
in question, such as Pacman, and
their understanding of these manu-
als is limited.
I believe such problems could
be minimised if the Army regained
the initiative and employed
military personnel to carry out
these positions -- ie. bring back
Royal Australian Army Corps of
Transport movement sections as
was the case in the early 1980s.
The other organisation that
controls Defence relocations and
housing could also revert to Army
control as they also tend to be very
unhelpful when there is a problem.
I believe the Army could handle
things better, as Army person-
nel deal with all manuals, would
be paid normal military pay and
Army would not have to pay for
different allowances civilian staff
The reason for this letter
is I am having problems with
both Toll Transitions and also
Defence Relocation and Housing
Management because I do not
know why I am being charged for
having one of my vehicles freight-
ed from Brisbane to Darwin. I
would have thought the cost of
fuel would be all I would be pay-
ing back and not the freight costs.
At this point in time, I am at
my wits' end because they all
seem to be quoting Pacman with-
out fully understanding the manual
and the only loser that I can see is
the person being posted.
There needs to be some form
of training conducted to bring
these people into line with the
military expectations of what is
to occur, and on that note there
should be some way to lodge a
grievance with the military so no
other removals and posting prob-
WO2 William Brown
IN OCTOBER last year I made an application to re-
enlist in the ARes after a four-and-a-half year break.
On the medical form I was asked if I had high blood
pressure (hypertension). I ticked the yes column.
On speaking to a recruiting officer I was informed
that this was a Med 4 classification and that I would not
be medically fit for service. This was confirmed in writ-
ing a few weeks later.
I joined the Army in the early 1970s and was diag-
nosed with hypertension in 1984. I served until 2005 for
21 years. There was nothing said that I couldn't continue
to serve my country. What's the difference now?
My hypertension is controlled by medication as it
was and always has been since I was diagnosed.
Should I have been medically discharged all those
I also received a letter explaining how tough the
training would be and how difficult the living conditions
in the field are (really?).
Ex WO2 James Moore
Sanctuary Point, NSW
PLANNING to transit through Hobart alone in
February, I sought accommodation at Anglesea
But despite offering to take any bed, and to surrender
it if and when required, I was refused, as the base policy
is that only members on duty can be accommodated.
That was in September. However, I was told this
policy was under review and that I could ask again in
Of course the answer in January was that the review
wasn't complete yet and the computer still said "no".
And all I had achieved by waiting was to reduce the
number of available hotel beds in Hobart for the period
of my stay by about 98 per cent.
It's frustrating to think there would probably have
been a vacant bed in the barracks while I paid up to
$400 just down the road.
While on leave during my career, I've been wel-
comed into British, American, Swiss and even German
Only in Australia have I had this problem. The
"Army family" may not be a cliché; but it does seem to
consist solely of very, very distant, somewhat slow, and
definitely unwelcoming cousins.
Maj Terry Prudden
Army Standby Staff Group -- Victoria
Victoria Barracks, Melbourne
BEING newly posted to a triservice
training establishment, I was sur-
prised to learn (after a question was
posed to me by a trainee regarding
leave entitlements) that a member
who is classified MWOD serving in
the Army or Air Force (unless posted
to a sea-going ship) is entitled to one
recreational leave trip to their nomi-
nated family in a leave year.
However, a member who is clas-
sified the same serving in the Navy
(regardless of where they are posted)
is entitled to two in the same period.
If someone could inform me why
this policy is structured how it is, I
would be very grateful. It seems to
me to favour a particular service.
The reference is: PACMAN
Chapter 9, Part 4, Division 1 Para
Sgt Brad Millen
Australian Defence Force School of Catering
Playing favourites with leave
don't hit retention
Military service: Would employing military personnel to carry out removals reduce costs and problems involved in dealing with
civilian service providers?
Photo by PO Damian Pawlenko
Leave ahoy: Navy personnel get two
funded recreational leave trips but
Army and Air Force members only get
Photo by AB Peter Thompson
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