Home' Army News : April 26th 2012 Contents Project Land 121 will replace the
Army's legacy transport capability
with new fleets of protected and
In the short term, more Bushmasters will be
acquired. The upgraded light vehicle capabil-
ity will include G-Wagons with 4x4 tray, station
wagon, panel vans, 6x6 trays and dual cabs.
The system will include; ambulance, reconnais-
sance and surveillance, command post and
canine modules. In total, 2,146 G-Wagons are
due to be delivered with roll out of the vehicles
scheduled to commence mid 2012 through to
2014. In addition, training to accommodate the
new capability commenced in early 2011. The
medium and heavy capability will comprise of
around 2,700 protected and unprotected trucks
with an option for approximately 1,000 more. A
protected mobility vehicle light capability will be
introduced in 2017, and include up to 1,300 pro-
tected and unprotected liaison, command post
and utility variants for introduction from 2017.
LAND 400 is Army's largest project
to date, costing in excess of $10
billion to acquire and introduce
the Land Combat Vehicle System
(LCVS) into service from 2025.
The LAND 400 LCVS' will deliver a mounted
close combat system that forms a key part of
the Combined Arms Fighting System (CAFS)
for the Multi-role Combat Brigades under Plan
BEERSHEBA. The design, look and weight of
the vehicles is yet to be determined, however
their key feature must be interoperability with
all other components of the Combined Arms
Team. The LCVS must also be deployable using
Australian Defence Force strategic air and sea
lift assets, and must be able to operate in a wide
range of environments across the spectrum of
In late 2012, the hull of the first of
the Australian Defence Force's new
Amphibious Assault Ships, the
Canberra Class Landing Helicopter
Dock (LHDs), will arrive at the BAE
dockyard in Williamstown.
In 2013 Army's first Amphibious Ready Element
(ARE) will undergo its Pre-Deployment Training
Program supported by HMAS CHOULES. By
December 2014 Army will be ready to embark
an ARE on HMAS CANBERRA. The LHDs will
be a truly joint capability with 65 Army personnel
joining Navy and Air Force personnel to form
the Ships Company, along with a dedicated
Army Amphibious Battle Group based on 2nd
Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment. This
Battle Group will be responsible for raising the
ARE to form the core of Army's amphibious
capability. The ARE will be based on a Combat
Team and will spend considerable time each
year embarked on an LHD.
In December 2011, the Minister
for Defence and the Chief of Army
announced that Army will redistrib-
ute and enhance the capabilities
currently resident in the 1st, 3rd
and 7th Brigades to create three
'Multi-role Combat Brigades' (MCB).
These MCB will be alike in their organisation,
equipment and resourcing. At the core of each
Brigade will be an Armoured corps unit, two
Infantry Battalions, an Engineer Regiment, an
Artillery Regiment, a Combat Services Support
(CSS) Battalion, a Brigade Headquarters
and a Signals unit. Enablers from 6 Brigade
(ISTAREW), 16 Brigade (Aviation) and 17 CSSB
will support each MCB as they move through
the Force Generation Cycle. Similarly, two
Brigades from the 2nd Division will be habitually
paired with each MCB and tasked with generat-
ing a Battalion Group at the Ready point in the
Force Generation Cycle.
The realignment of the Brigades is a devel-
opmental journey for Army, which will be meas-
ured in years rather than months. 2012 will be a
year of further planning, broad consultation and
development. Personnel are strongly encour-
aged to contribute their views and ideas on
MCBs through their Chain of Command.
The Director General of Personnel
- Army is leading a review into the
development of a New Performance
Management Regime which will
result in a new Performance
Appraisal Report (PAR) being intro-
duced into service.
This review is considering current management
regimes from various organisations including
allied defence forces and civilian industries to
ensure it is able to meet future Army require-
ments such as the Army Objective Force 2030.
A key objective of the review is to address the
over inflation of reporting and to simplify the
reporting cycle. It is anticipated that a new
officers' performance report will be introduced
by Jan 2013, and a new soldiers' performance
report by January 2014. An options brief is
being developed for consideration by the Chief
of Army, following which all star ranking officers
will be consulted on the new (PAR).
The Chief of Army has directed maxi-
mum participation from Private to
Major General in the Army wide sur-
vey on the quality, style and look of
ceremonial and general duty dress
Since early 2010 Army has been conducting a
number of reviews of its current range of non
combat uniforms. Phase 3 of the clothing review
has now commenced and is looking at ceremo-
nial and general duty dress uniforms. The review
will be informed by recommendations from a
whole of Army survey designed to gain insight
into what Army's people think of our current cer-
emonial and general duty dress uniforms. At the
survey's completion, recommendations on the
design, functionality and materials of the current
range of uniforms will be presented to the Army
Clothing and Personal Equipment Committee,
with the aim of developing proposals for change.
Never before has Army sought this degree of
consultation, with all ranks, encouraged to have
their say on the ceremonial and general duty
dress uniforms of the future. The Non Combat
Clothing Review Survey will be delivered to
each ARA member using their DRN Outlook
email account and through the Internet for
GRES members. It is expected that the survey
collection period will run for six weeks, with
consolidation of the results and analysis due by
the end of 2012. This will then inform any design
and trial activities throughout 2013. Major
announcements on viable changes are expected
to towards the end of 2013.
PES will define the physical
capacities required by all soldiers
in each trade and will underpin the
removal of gender restrictions for
DSTO will propose Physical Employment
Standards (PES) for all of Army's employment
categories to the Chief of Army by the end
of 2012. Implementation of the standards is
expected in 2013. PES will also set clear reha-
bilitation (return to work) standards and enable
better conditioning of Army personnel.
PES assessments (PESA) will be conducted
during initial employment training and will
replace the current Combat Fitness Assessment
(CFA). The BFA will remain unchanged as the
In order to ensure safe and practical imple-
mentation of PES/PESA, there will be a number
of validation trials conducted through 2012. The
outcomes of these trials will assist in the prepa-
ration of physical conditioning programs and
The Force Posture Review will deter-
mine whether the Australian Defence
Force (ADF) is geographically
aligned to meet Australia's current
and future strategic challenges.
The Review will be complete by mid 2012
for inclusion in the 2014 White Paper, and is
expected to influence basing decisions into
the next decade and beyond. It is designed to
provide strategic level guidance, rather than
a give a determination based on current indi-
vidual bases and training areas. The Review is
also expected to inform subsequent decisions
regarding Australian Defence Force disposi-
tion and the Defence Estate. Army's permanent
bases are critical to the Force Generation Cycle,
and this is expected to be taken into considera-
tion. Accordingly, there is a need for Army to be
located within suitable distance to manoeuvre
training areas, and to be supported by a large
community for quality of life, family access to
career opportunities, healthcare and education.
The Army Compliance and
Assurance Agency (ACAA) aims to
reduce the governance impost within
Army by fusing audit activity into
a Master Schedule and integrating
audit preparations and corrective
The Chief of Army directed the establish-
ment of the ACAA as an integration of five
previously disparate technical and regulatory
audit functions (Army Safe Advisory Service,
Army Financial Services Unit, Maintenance
Advisory Service, Supply Chain Assurance
Framework and 3 Intelligence Company). The
Unit Establishment build was authorised in May
2011, with key positions staffed as part of the
2012 Posting and Planning Cycle.
The ACAA stood up as a new Headquarters
in January 2012 with extant agencies falling
under its command while still retaining current
locations, establishments and force dispositions.
The ACAA has completed an initial strategic
planning workshop, published the January to
June 2012 Master Schedule and has com-
menced multi-domain audit activities.
January 2012 saw a number of
changes at senior levels.
The new appointments are as follows:
Deputy Chief of Army -- Major General A.
Head Modernisation and Strategic Planning --
Army -- Major General J.J. Sengleman
Commander 2nd Division -- Major General S.L.
Commander 7 Brigade -- Brigadier G.C. Bilton
Commander 8 Brigade -- Brigadier A.A. Murray
Commander 11 Brigade -- Brigadier S.H.
Commander 13 Brigade -- Brigadier S.A.
Adjutant General -- Brigadier L.K. Reynolds
Commander Australian Army Cadets --
Brigadier P.R. Jeffrey
Social media represents a commu-
nications medium unlike any that
has existed in the past. It can be an
extremely powerful tool when used
well, and cause serious damage to
individuals and organisations if mis-
Social media is a valuable tool for the Army as
an organisation, giving it the ability to reach
thousands of people with the press of a button,
and for individual soldiers wanting to keep in
touch with friends and family members.
Recent incidents of inappropriate use of
social media by a small number of members
demonstrates a need to improve soldiers' under-
standing of social networking, its capabilities
Members should consider the following
points when accessing social media:
Respect yourself -- watch what you say and
what personal information you share online
about yourself and your network of friends
and family, even to a trusted friend.
Never Share passwords -- not even with your
Don't post photos of yourself engaging in ille-
gal, offensive, compromising or inappropriate
activities -- stop and ask yourself would you
be happy for your grandmother to see that.
Don't post photos of yourself engaging in
conduct that may be deemed inappropriate
Think before you load pictures onto websites
or upload pictures of your friends or family --
ask their permission.
Don't use the work computer to access sites
contrary to Defence policy.
Ensure your privacy settings on the websites
don't allow public access.
Always log off after using social networking
sites, whether on your phone or the computer.
The online world is still in the "real world".
Be responsible in your own online safety and
treat others as you would wish them to treat
Always report inappropriate online contact or
Commander Forcomd Directive 14/12 --
Social Media provides guidance on the use of
social media by Army members.
Women will have the opportunity
to pursue a career in a combat role
from January 2013, with in-service
transfers being permitted during a
three year transition phase, before
direct entry into combat roles com-
mences in January 2016.
In 2011, the Minister for Defence announced
that all roles, including Special Forces would
be open to women within five years. A capabil-
ity analysis to integrate women into combat
employment categories is underway, and will
inform a Chief of Army Directive due for release
in mid 2012.
Eligible women will volunteer and, like their
male colleagues, must pass trade specific physi-
cal employment standards.
Army is also learning from the experience
of other Allied forces like Canada and New
Zealand while also engaging in consultation
with Commands, manoeuvre Brigades, the
Army Women's Forum, Career Management
Agencies, training establishments and all Initial
Employment Training schools to develop a com-
prehensive implementation plan.
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