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WE WOULD like to pass on the appre-
ciation of Tpr Adam Hasler's family for
the incredible support received in relation
to his current battle with cancer.
Adam, of B Sqn 3/4 Cav Regt, was
recently diagnosed with Hodgkins
Lymphoma and the family have high
expectations of a full recovery follow-
ing several months of chemotherapy in
The week confirming Adam's illness,
his and wife Jasmin's first son, Wyatt,
was born and it has not been easy for the
family over the past few weeks.
The Army family, however, have been
brilliant, according to Adam and Jasmin.
From B Sqn in Townsville, to the
deployed soldiers in Afghanistan,
2/14LHR and 2 Cav Regt, all have con-
tributed in many ways to assist the young
Adam's immediate chain of command
has ensured a trouble free time for spe-
cialist appointments, flights to Brisbane
for scans and the time off for chemo.
Adam and his family can't thank
the Army and friends enough for all the
assistance thus far and he looks forward
to getting back to work soon.
The Hasler family
Family grateful for
all the support
On the mend: Tpr Adam Hasler, of 3/4 Cav Regt, pictured here in Afghanistan,
has been undergoing treatment for Hodgkins Lymphoma and is expected to
make a full recovery.
I AM somewhat bemused by
the increased demand for lateral
recruits and the emphasis that is
being placed on this scheme to fill
"skills shortages" in the ADF.
While this is not a slight on the
individuals recruited through this
scheme, surely this is recognition
that our system is broken and that
we must address the root cause of
By increasing the number of
long-term exchange postings (in
areas other than long-term school-
ing) and international exercises, we
have ample opportunity to harness
the operational experience and skill-
sets of other nations (principally
the UK, US and Canada) and learn
the operational lessons that we, as a
defence force, didn't allow ourselves
to learn in Iraq and Afghanistan.
However, in the name of short-
term savings, these opportunities are
being reduced or eliminated and we
instead apply another band-aid to an
Cash retention bonuses do not
keep intrinsically motivated people
in the Army -- it is belief in the mis-
sion, faith in the chain of command
and a sense of purpose towards
achieving this mission.
Continuing to throw cash at peo-
ple in order to retain them, recruit-
ing members whose own nations
no longer require their service, or
posting skilled personnel to meni-
al administrative roles (which also
often happens in the case of lat-
eral recruits) is an insult to those
who have never asked for anything
other than to serve their country in a
Service over self is the only bas-
tion that separates the Army from a
well-connected and equipped merce-
nary force. Those who have reversed
this should be targeted for removal
from the Army, rather than offering
them extra money in order to meet
arbitrary retention targets.
Capt Jason Morrison
Defence Materiel Organisation
DGPers-A Brig Gavan Reynolds
CAPT Morrison raises some impor-
tant points regarding the growth and
sustainment of Army's workforce.
To this end, Army is working on a
range of options to remediate long-
term personnel deficiencies through
the use of targeted initiatives.
These initiatives include ongoing
trade reviews, additional recruiting
to target serious and critical trades
and enhancing the employment offer
so it meets our soldiers' expecta-
To complement these initiatives,
Army has also undertaken work to
remediate shorter term deficiencies
which include the use of bonuses for
specific trades, continuous full-time
service and the recruitment of lat-
erals from overseas applicants, the
reserve and other services.
There are some great benefits for
Army from these initiatives includ-
ing growth in diversity and experi-
ence from continuous full-time ser-
vice and lateral recruitment.
It is important to note that one
single initiative will not remedi-
ate the current deficiencies; rather
it is the combined and coordinated
effects of the Army People Plan
that will ensure that being a soldier
means you can support your family
while serving your nation.
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Experience building: Increasing joint training activities and long-term exchange postings with foreign
militaries is the best way to increase the skills and experience of Australian personnel, according to Capt
Photo by Cpl Janine Fabre
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