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have received mail asking about your civil skills (formal,
self-claimed, experience) for the Civil Skills Data e-survey.
It is very important that you complete this survey as it
helps the Australian Defence Force better identify people
with specific skills that can be drawn upon for emergencies,
exercises and deployments.
You will receive a half day pay for preparing and completing
the survey and it will also help your Reserve career.
It's time to complete the Civil Skills Data e-survey
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you have all your paperwork ready -- licences, degrees and
other qualifications -- before you start.
If you have any questions about the survey, or any of the
information collected, please email your query and PMKeyS
number to ADO.CivilSkillsData@defence.gov.au
You can complete the survey on your own or a Defence
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Skills in Reserve
Army September 29, 2011
I QUALIFIED as an Army diver in the early
'80s with 11 other members on my course
through 1 Cdo Regt, which at the time was
the Army Dive School.
At that time I wondered why there was no
diver skill/qualification badge, as there is for
parachuting, aircrew, EOD and so on.
More recently, the same question came up
again in a conversation with a few mates. We
would like to know if consideration has ever
been given to such a badge, and if so, why it
If not previously considered, what is the
process for raising the issue formally?
Capt Robert Varcoe
Recognition: Should the Army dive
qualification be recognised with patch or
badge as the parachute qualification is?
Photo by Sgt Bill Guthrie
Policy on right track
I WRITE in response to Lt-Col
Madden's letter (Army, September
1). This letter evoked a rather
emotive response in our office
among a number of people. I per-
sonally believe, and people I have
spoken to agree, this trial boot
allowance policy is (pardon the
pun) a step in the right direction.
There need be no debate over
the suitability or unsuitability of
the Terra Combat Boot (TCB) in
the field environment, as the policy
to allow the wearing of approved
non-issue boots while on exercise
and on deployment (CA Directive
05/08) was made on the back of
factual information from multiple
sources, including some men in
white lab coats at DSTO.
CA Directive 05/08 was based
on research which found that
allowing alternative boots is a way
to prevent manageable injury in the
field environs, as well as acknowl-
edging that one boot does not suit
all conditions from tropical to cold
A major reason I can see for
hanging onto the TCB is uniform-
ity and perhaps that not everyone
needs the extra performance from
their boots, overseas or on exercise,
due to their roles. Keeping the TCB
in service is not a bad choice given
the amount we have invested in its
Defence moving toward a type
of just-in-time procurement of
approved boots, through the mem-
ber buying their boots as needed
would save the organisation real
money. I feel this trial policy, in
its current form is moving in the
right direction, aligning with the
CA intent, in CA Directive 11/09
-- Reducing the cost of ownership,
tranche one (combat clothing and
personal field equipment).
As with any project, it is essen-
tial that constant review and re-
evaluation be conducted to ensure
the project is still viable. If Defence
had been successful in developing
an excellent, effective combat boot
itself, the benefits could have been
exponential. But one must ask after
seven generations of boot in about
11 years, how long will it take and
how much will it cost? The answer
to this question is where real cost
savings could be realised.
As for the shiny green jacket
and Para jacket, these items cannot
really be used in relation to the boot
argument as I am not sure of too
many people who have developed
short-term or even long-term debili-
tating effects from wearing a jacket.
I happily wear type-seven TCBs
in the barracks environment (the first
type to not give me hot spots on the
heel). And as a non-combat soldier,
with a predominantly barracks-bound
job, I am not overly concerned with
what type of boot I wear.
Sgt Michael Mowat
If the shoe fits: A policy announced earlier this year and being trialled with troops preparing for MTF 4
allows soldiers to be reimbursed up to $192 for private purchase of boots on the CA's approved boots list.
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