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All Reservists (Active and Specialist) should recently
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
There's still time for you to complete the survey. Make sure
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
computer, but you should complete it as soon as you can.
Visit www.civilskillsdata.com today
Skills in Reserve
Army October 13, 2011
hang up the ollar
"Rex was issued to me in 2006 and I
was his third handler. His two previous
handlers didn't stay in the job for long.
"On day three of my MPD basic course
I got to choose my dog and chose him."
On the course, Cpl Serafin and Rex
won the top handler and dog team award
and since then have served together twice
in East Timor and worked extensively
"Rex was an abused dog rescued by
the Army from an RSPCA dog shelter
after being seen by an MP recruiter," Cpl
"He'd been beaten, had cigarette burns
down his back and after he was assessed
the recruiter saw he had the attributes
needed to be an MPD.
"He was very affectionate, loyal and
protective of me, but it was also very easy
for him to switch on to do his MPD role by
verbal or hand signal commands."
Cpl Serafin has been working outside
his usual MP job for the last two years as a
Recruit Instructor at Kapooka.
"When I went to Kapooka I thought I'd
never see Rex again and I thought the next
time I'd hear about him was when he'd
been put down," Cpl Serafin said.
Getting the call
"Thankfully one day when I was at
work about four months ago, I got a phone
call from a sergeant mate of mine from the
MPD platoon asking me if I wanted Rex.
"I was surprised and I said yes with-
out asking my wife and thanked them for
thinking of me."
Since his arrival at Cpl Serafin's home
Rex has settled in to being a part of the
"It felt like I'd won the lottery -- for the
Army to give up a valuable item like Rex
to me was like I'd received a gift," Cpl
"It's like having an old friend back
because he was by my side for our Timor
deployments and work days and the friend-
ship and the bond we had was indescrib-
Meet the family
For Rex to live in his new home Cpl
Serafin had to train his family to handle the
highly trained animal.
"My wife was dead-set scared to begin
with, but now he's part of the furniture and
takes commands from my wife and kids,"
"We have two smaller dogs and my
kids now like Rex more than them, as he's
so obedient and placid.
Having a dog which has a sophisticated
skill set and former career does have its
"My wife was doing a part-time job
delivering census forms and I got home
from work and couldn't find or contact
her," Cpl Serafin said.
"I decided to take Rex for a walk and
we found her car in the street.
"We did a track from her car door
through the streets of Wagga Wagga and
we eventually found her 1.8km later."
The full retirement policy for Army Military
Working Dogs can be viewed at: http://intranet.
At home: Rex enjoys his retirement to the suburbs of Wagga Wagga with his master and former handler,
Cpl Rob Serafin.
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