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I REFER to the
article regarding the
retirement of Diane
Lawlor (45 years
of change, Army,
October 13). I am
by the quote from
"A lot of women
back then joined the
Army to find a hus-
band, they thought
of it as a supermar-
ket or smorgasbord
full of meat to
three years as a
1971 to 1974 and
am very proud of
that service. I am
quite a num-
ber of former
bers who joined
up during the period
of the 1950s to 1980s and I have yet to
meet one woman who joined the army
to find a husband.
Personally, I joined the army at 17
to live a little, have some adventure and
travel -- plus, there was another incen-
tive -- my pay as a 17-year-old recruit
was more than double my civilian wage
and, "bonus", I received free board.
Suddenly I had money to spend -- the
furthest thought from my mind was
looking for a husband.
Quite a number of other young
girls also joined up at that age -- far too
young to be contemplating marriage.
I do acknowledge that quite a num-
ber of women soldiers did marry ser-
vicemen, indeed I myself married a for-
mer national serviceman after the expiry
of my three years of service.
In the services you are both working
and socialising with service personnel,
so the possibility of relationships form-
ing would be quite normal -- but not an
expectation in advance.
I find the comments as quoted quite
demeaning both as a woman and to my
AS A reservist of long standing I
would like to pass on the follow-
ing to those making configuration
settings on the PMKeyS system.
Most reservists have other
employment and have private mail
addressed to either work or PO
boxes. As for myself, I take fre-
quent travel away from my home
address. As I live on an acreage and
cannot even see my mailbox from
the house I have all my personal
mail delivered to a box at the local
PMKeys does not record postal
addresses and in fact states that you
must not use a PO box.
The new payroll system takes
its information from that recorded
in PMKeys. I don't have a prob-
lem in recording my actual address
for administration purposes, but can
something be done to include postal
addresses in PMKeys and/or pay-
roll?A call to the helpdesk did not
get a favourable response, except to
say that's the way the system is.
WO2 Chris Mitchelson
139 Sig Sqn,
DGPers-A, Brig Gavan Reynolds,
THE advice you received from the
help desk was correct. PMKeyS
does not cater for discrete postal
addresses where they differ from
your home address. This function-
ality is however being considered
in future iterations of PMKeyS.
PMKeyS Technical Refresh
Phase 1 has seen the integration of
reserve pay into PMKeyS (Reserve
Payroll) and is one step in improv-
ing functionality and service deliv-
ery to members.
For the majority of reserve per-
sonnel, the improvement in frequen-
cy and timeliness of pay slips that
Reserve Payroll provides has been
Phase 2 will see the introduction
of PMKeyS Self Service (PSS) for
reserve personnel in the first half of
PSS access will enable members
to access pay slips online via the
DRN and choose whether hard cop-
ies are mailed to their residential
My staff and DSG are working
closely to improve Human Resource
Management processes, procedures
and data capture and your suggested
amendment has been noted.
Address system flawed Not looking
for a hubby
proud years of service as a soldier in
the Women's Royal Australian Army
Trish Ranford (nee Prendergast)
Army editor John Wellfare responds:
Discussing this matter, WO1 Lawlor
said her statement was a generalisation
and an off-hand comment based on
her experience. She offered an apol-
ogy to anyone who took offence to the
comment, as it was not her intention to
demean the roles women have played
in the Australian Army.
Although it may not be tangibly prov-
able, WO1 Lawlor is entitled in a profile
story to offer her opinion based on her
Go home: The new reserve payroll system could cause problems for
some reservists can't securely receive mail at their home address,
according to WO2 Chris Mitchelson.
Photo by Cpl Aaron Curran
Meat market: Women joined the
Army in the 1970s for adventure
and good pay, not to find husbands,
according to former WRAAC
member Trish Ranford.
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