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Army June 23, 2011
By Capt Lacey Western
YOUNG indigenous men and
women from across North
Queensland were given a taste of
military life at Porton Barracks in
Cairns and Lavarack Barracks in
Townsville as part of the Defence
Indigenous Development Program
All of the training through the
DIDP aims to increase self confi-
dence and provide trainees with the
skills to make informed decisions
about their future.
Part of the curriculum includes
military training, with trainees attend-
ing the 51FNQR Induction Course.
The trainees participate not just in
military training but also language,
literacy and numeracy, personal
development and vocational educa-
tion provided through Tropical North
Most of the course participants
go on to full-time employment in
the ADF or active ARes service with
Having been previously unsuc-
cessful when applying for general
entry enlistment, trainee Nicholas
Nona now feels confident in the skills
he has developed during the program.
"Every day we do something new
where we learn new skills. DIDP is
the best thing that has ever happened
to me," he said.
"My parents are very proud -- they
know that this is a stepping stone and
I am going to achieve great things."
Annaleise Deemal is another pro-
gram participant who was also unsuc-
cessful when she previously applied
for Army enlistment. Upon comple-
tion of the DIDP, she will apply again
and hopes to become a signaller.
She described the program as
life changing and strongly encour-
aged other young indigenous people
"I have told all my friends about
DIDP, I've told them about the train-
ing and all the opportunities you can
have in the Army," she said.
CO 51FNQR Lt-Col Steven Brain
said the initiative provided an impor-
tant link between the ADF and the
communities of far north Queensland.
"As the DIDP has gained more
exposure it has become very well sup-
ported by community elders," he said.
"They understand the opportuni-
ties that are offered to these young
indigenous people that will not only
benefit the individual but also the
On the job: Defence Indigenous Development Program participants Danica
Reisener and Silas Sebasio put some time in at the range during the
weapons training phase of the program while Nester Phineasa (inset) learns
to operate the radio.
Photos by Maj Al Green
UNITS will have access to more equip-
ment for training activities with the
introduction of enhanced equipment
pools (EEP) in coming months.
EEP will align equipment allocation
to force-generation requirements and
reduce the burden of governance and
maintenance associated with underused
North Queensland is scheduled to
conduct the first EEP pilot activity from
August. It will include Unimog cargo
variants, Mack TTW, RT-F500 radios and
These four types of equipment will be
drawn down from units and consolidated
in regional pools. The pools will be man-
aged and maintained by Joint Logistics
Army HQ's EEP project manager
Lt-Col Damien McLachlan said the
introduction of EEP meant unit equip-
ment holdings would be adjusted.
"Most units will retain a permanent
allocation of about one-third of the
EEP equipment on their establishment,
with the remaining allocation coming
from pooled equipment when required,"
Lt-Col McLachlan said.
"Units will be able to draw from
equipment pools when conducting large
training activities. Provision will be made
to ensure units tasked for contingency
operations have an appropriate level of
access to these pools."
Units in north Queensland have com-
menced preparing for the pilot, returning
equipment items to the regional Joint
Logistics Unit to seed the pools.
Lt-Col McLachlan said the pilot
should provide valuable insight into how
EEP would work to improve equipment
"The pilot will inform decisions on
how to run equipment pools in the future
and identify additional equipment fleets
for inclusion," he said.
"New projects like Land 121 may not
provide sufficient equipment to meet all
units' demands at the same time. In these
instances, pooling becomes an important
mechanism in ensuring the Army main-
tains its capability edge."
will mean better
on a Unimog
engine at the
Unit workshop in
Photo by Maj Al Green
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