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NAVY, ARMY, AIRFORCE
WHAT IS YOUR ATTITUDE
TOWARDS THE STRATEGIC
REFORM PROGRAM (SRP)?
Want to have your say?
The SRP Change Readiness Survey
is being conducted between
23 May -- 03 June 2011.
The Strategic Reform
and Governance Executive
welcomes your feedback
and encourages you
to express your opinion
if you are randomly selected
to participate in the survey.
See the DEFGRAM 301/2011
for further information.
Army May 26, 2011
By LCpl Mark Doran
THE Salvation Army has been provid-
ing services, sharing the hardships and
offering support and spiritual guidance
to ADF members and their families
since the Boer War in 1889.
Now is the time for soldiers to help
them out by volunteering as doorknock-
ers or by donating to the Red Shield
Appeal, to be held on May 28-29.
Known colloquially as the Sallyman
or Sallywoman, Red Shield Defence
Services (RSDS) has its own call-sign
in the field, 'Coffee Pot', and is based at
the barracks in Puckapunyal, Brisbane,
Townsville, Darwin, Singleton, RMC,
Sydney and Adelaide.
Salvation Army representatives
Captains Dianne and Russell Lawson
were corps officers in Tenterfield before
being appointed into RSDS and are now
based at Puckapunyal in Victoria.
Capt Lawson said the RSDS became
their niche -- they loved it.
"I loved our work because from a
Christian perspective we were in a posi-
tion where we could do a lot of good in a
very practical sense," he said.
"We are given an honorary status
by Defence based on our rank though
representatives like Di and I prefer to be
called by our first names, or in my case
'Rusty', as it creates a more relaxed
atmosphere around the truck.
"We're out there day-to-day along-
side the troops, sometimes in arduous
conditions, while other times are fairly
laid back and our challenges are the
same as those faced by the soldiers --
being out field, missing your family and
living on ration packs.
"We meet the soldiers' basic wel-
fare needs with a cup of tea or coffee,
a biscuit or a cold drink on a hot day
and we can, if required, talk at a much
deeper level about life's experiences and
The main funding for the work of
RSDS comes from the Salvation Army's
Red Shield Appeal and the units they
support provide a maintenance program
for the vehicles.
Personnel who want to get involved in the
Red Shield Appeal can contact their local area
Sallyman or Sallywoman for more details.
Soldiers needed for
To the rescue: Salvation Army captains Rusty and Di Lawson deliver some
welcome cheer and hot coffee to soldiers in the field at Puckapunyal.
Photo by LS Paul Berry
More for ops
By Sgt Brian Hartigan
DESPITE overall reductions in Defence
expenditure, Budget 2011-12 included
funding boosts for current operations
and avoided cuts to any major procure-
ment projects currently under way.
Defence Minister Stephen Smith said
although the government would, at the big-
picture level, undertake a "significant rea-
lignment of the Defence budget", it would
continue its investment in Force 2030, as
set out in the 2009 Defence White Paper.
"A comprehensive package of air,
land, maritime and networked-information
capabilities is being progressed to ensure
the ADF of the 21st century will have the
capabilities required to meet future chal-
lenges," Mr Smith said.
"The government is continuing its
investment in the package of enhanced
force-protection capabilities for our troops
Although pre-Budget headlines pointed
to job losses across Defence, Mr Smith
said this would involve a reduction in fore-
cast growth in the public service.
"The White Paper and Strategic Reform
Program predicted a net increase in the
Defence APS workforce of 1655," he said.
"Reforms to shared services and other
efficiency measures means that Defence
can reduce this overall forecast growth by
1000 over the next three years."
He said there would be no reductions
to the military workforce as a result of the
changes, nor in areas that support opera-
tions or capability development.
DURING the next 12 to 18
months, Defence will progress
projects worth more than $6b.
Approvals will be sought for
a range of key acquisitions,
Project Overlander will deliver
vehicles and medium/heavy
protected and unprotected vehi-
cles for land forces.
This project will roll out com-
munications infrastructure to
Force protection Afghanistan
In 2011-12, the government will
spend an additional $482m on
force-protection capabilities, for
a total over the financial period
2009-10 to 2012-13 of $1.6b,
which includes $0.5b funded
under Operation Slipper.
Key project developments
Priority: This year's budget includes increased funding for
enhanced force-protection capabilities in Afghanistan, such as
the Tiered Body Armour System, pictured here in use by 2RAR
soldiers preparing to deploy.
Photo by Maj Al Green
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