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Army May 24, 2012
ARMY is working to address the number of reserv-
ists who enlist but are unable to complete their train-
ing.The issue will be tackled under a series of Strategic
Reform Program activities starting at the end of this
Known as "reserve trainee wastage", the number of
reservists who do not complete recruit training, initial
training (IET) or officer training is considered inef-
ficient and potentially undermines the Army's reserve
Activities targeting specific milestones of reserve
recruit, IET and officer training, as well as the recruit-
ment process, will be conducted on a rolling four-week
schedule. The first activity will be held at Randwick
Barracks from May 28 to June 1.
As with all of Army's SRP initiatives, the activi-
ties will use the Lean Six Sigma methodology, which
breaks down each step of the processes to identify
ways to work faster and more efficiently.
DCA Maj-Gen Angus Campbell and Commander
Forcomd Maj-Gen Mick Slater have committed to
addressing the reserve trainee wastage issue.
Commander 2 Div Maj-Gen Steve Smith will work
with the Directorate of SRP -- Army on the initiative,
with 2 Div's assistant commander, Brig Phillip Bridie,
running the activity alongside personnel from AHQ,
Forcomd, 2 Div and Defence Force Recruiting.
The SRP lead, Lt-Col Shaun Muldoon, said the
problem would be tackled in two parts with the aim of
identifying and addressing root causes.
"We first need to look at the entire system from the
point of recruitment through to the point an individual
completes IET or the regimental officer basic course
training milestone," he said.
"This will inform the second part, which will focus
on deeper and targeted analysis of specific milestones
within that training continuum."
Brig Bridie said the wastage issue translated to
unrealised capability because a robust, transparent and
flexible training system supported by effective com-
mand, leadership and management was fundamental to
the Army's success.
He said reform would be a crucial part of meeting
capability requirements under Plan Beersheba.
"Our reform recommendations must be informed,
widely consulted and based on hard evidence," he said.
"Armed with this we have the justification for change."
For more information on the reserve trainee wastage activity or
other reform opportunities, contact Lt-Col Muldoon on
(02) 6265 1458, email email@example.com or go to
Initiative looks at reserve recruiting
the issue of
who join but
are unable to
recruit or initial
Cpl Chris Moore
Finding efficiencies: The Lean Six Sigma
methodology used in Army reform activities aims
to break a process down to its individual elements
looking for ways to save time and resources.
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