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Army August 18, 2011
Give your partner a say --
your family 'serves' too
Centre for Military and Veterans' Health
Timor-Leste Family Study
CMVH is running one of the first Australian studies investigating
the family's experience of military service, particularly
ADF members - We need to hear from your partners! You
have participated in many studies, but they have not.
Please tell us your partner's contact details when you fill out
your form for the Timor-Leste Family Study. We will then send
your partner an invitation and they can decide if they want to
The participation of your partner and yourself in this study will
help us better understand the effects of service and deployment
on all military families. 1800 708 335
A study under the Department of Veterans' Affairs Family Study Program
By Maj Andrew Dixon
THE Army is contributing to population-centric
actions (PCA) in several operational theatres and
members of the reserve force are crucial to those
Reservists in the battlespace, whether as indi-
viduals or in formed teams, are significant con-
tributors to capability.
Reservists are being called upon to participate
in emergency and operational deployments to
provide specialist skills and capabilities, including
civilian skills and qualifications, which may not be
held by full-time troops.
Maj Howard Bell, HQ Forcomd's Reserve
Branch, is working on a project to identify niche
capabilities within the reserves force.
"The aim of the project is to identify the niche
or unique capabilities able to be provided by Army
reservists and which are not available from units in
the regular Army," he said.
During the past four decades, many peacetime
administrative activities of the Army have been
contracted out to civilians, civilian agencies or
contractors and are therefore now no longer
immediately accessible by regular units for use on
"Activities such as specialist policing, sanitation,
local governance and administration, and special-
ist medical and nursing are examples of where the
employment of reserve personnel with appropriate
experience can support PCA," Maj Bell said.
"The advantage of using civilian skills is par-
ticularly relevant in scenarios where military activi-
ties are synchronised with civilian populations and
"Reservists also provide an opportunity for pre-
vious regular personnel to keep their former mili-
tary skills current."
The training needs analysis report on learning
for adaptive campaigning recommended Army
move to structure reserve units to be manned,
equipped, trained and optimised to provide PCA
Individual reservist niche capabilities can pro-
vide an effective contribution to the unusual skills
requirement for PCA.
Maj Mark Russell, HQ Forcomd, is compiling
the military civil skills database.
"To assist in identifying suitable manpower
resources, niche qualifications or appropriate expe-
rience, the Army is building an electronic register of
professional and self-claimed civilian skills held by
regulars and reservists," he said.
"The register will be available to search for
and to match specific requirements for operational
"As a reservist, you have the opportunity to reg-
ister your niche qualifications or appropriate experi-
ences through the 'tell us about the other hats you
For more information on the campaign, go to
There is still time to enter information on civilian licences,
degrees and other qualifications.
"The advantage of civilian
skills is particularly relevant
when military activities
are synchronised with non-
-- Maj Howard Bell, HQ Forcomd
Civil skills: Reservist Pte Arthur Gatt, pictured here on guard duty in East Timor, is currently completing a business degree. If he
enters the qualification into the civil skills database, he may one day be called upon to provide specialist support during an operation
Photo by Cpl Melina Mancuso
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