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Army June 7, 2012
BECAUSE the Royal Australian Army Pay
Corps is one of the Army's smallest corps, it's
unusual to have 12 corps members in the one
operational location at the same time.
Each of the Pay Corps members currently
deployed on Operation Slipper provides key capa-
bility requirements to units.
Pay officer Maj Mark Meads said the role of
pay clerks extended well beyond making sure peo-
ple received their money on time.
"The title Pay Corps is and always has been
somewhat misleading," he said. "Although the
provision of pay services to the Army has always
been one of the reasons the Pay Corps was raised
in 1914, today it is not the only reason why the
capability will endure.
The preparation and maintenance of budgets,
financial statements, cash flow analysis, accrual
accounting, costing and financial analysis, devel-
opment and implementation of financial manage-
ment systems and the conduct of fraud investiga-
tions are among capabilities many forget among
other operational requirements.
"There's also the provision of advice and assis-
tance to units and members about pay and allow-
ances, providing cash office services to access pay
and paying invoices for goods and services," Maj
"These are only some of the tasks that most
people would not be aware of that Pay Corps mem-
bers provide to support Defence deployments."
Maj Meads said the corps had always had a
financial management role, especially on opera-
"As Army moves further forward in develop-
ing Strategic Reform Program initiatives, the skill
sets and capabilities of Pay Corps members will
become even more important, both on operations
and back home in Australia," he said.
Making deployments pay
A small number of pay clerks and officers provide a lot of financial services while deployed to the Middle East
Cashing in: Pay Corps specialists Maj Brinley Williams, left, and Sgt Rebecca Kleid are among a small contingent of financial specialists
based at Multinational Base Tarin Kot.
Photo by Cpl Raymond Vance
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