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JOINING the Army way back in 1981, I never thought
where my life would lead me.
Completing my career as an RASigs officer was not
on my list when I joined as a clerk admin.
Many great friendships have been formed and treas-
ured ever since.
Sport in the Army was terrific, representing the
ADF in cricket with tours overseas, national carnivals
and the International Defence Cricket Challenge were
among the best times.
Creating the battle of the Ashes in Baghdad January
2005 against the Poms was one to remember. For the
record we won.
Anyway life after the ADF has seen us settle in
Townsville of all places. Never posted here, just visited.
What does a former RASigs officer do? Sell coffee
of course. I winged and bitched about the quality of
coffee during my career, so now I own my own mobile
Thanks Army for a great career of 30 years. If
you're in Townsville and you see my van, come and say
hi, tell me your story and get a cuppa.
Thanks for 30
I READ with some interest The
A-Z Army (special supplement,
April 26). I note that there will be
changes to the Physical Employment
Standards (PES) for each trade to
replace the CFA, which are being
planned for implementation in 2013.
My understanding is that these
changes are in line with women being
given access to combat roles, with
the aim of setting a PES standard that
meets the demand of a trade.
I am also led to believe that these
PES are not going to be gender spe-
cific but trade specific.
If these PES are trade specific, why
is the BFA remaining unchanged as
If the PES is considered a high-
er standard of fitness, then surely
the BFA should also be one standard
based on age not gender.
I would like to think at this time
of significant change we would take
full advantage of setting mutually sup-
porting standards to enhance the full
capability of Army.
WO2 Robert Munro
Maj Ryan Holmes, DGPers-A Physical
Employment Standards implementation
AS DETAILED in DI(A) Pers
148-2 Army Physical Conditioning
Assessment System, the BFA has been
developed as a measure of baseline fit-
ness for serving Army personnel.
It is intended to confirm a minimal
level of fitness for all Army personnel,
taking into consideration age and sex.
Gender is a consideration in BFA
assessment because the physiological
differences between men and women
are widely recognised and scientifically
The BFA is a good indicator of
health and wellbeing. The BFA is not,
however, directly linked to job perfor-
mance and pass marks are based on nor-
mative data (percentage of population).
Physical Employment Standards
(PES) are based on bona fide trade
tasks and therefore PES assessments
do not make allowances for age, sex,
height or weight.
The assessments are absolute
in nature and successful completion
will indicate physical proficiency of
individuals to perform the full range
of military duties and trade-specific
tasks required of them in their assigned
PES are relatively equipment inten-
sive and trials have demonstrated that
most personnel will need to conduct a
period of conditioning to ensure suc-
The essential difference between
PES assessments and the BFA is that
PES assessments will determine the
right person for a particular trade irre-
spective of gender, whereas the BFA is
the minimum standard required of all
soldiers and an accurate indicator of
general health and fitness.
Although they are both physical
tests, their outcomes remain mutually
exclusive. The BFA is linked to AIRN
compliance whereas PES assessments
will be linked to employment in a par-
ticular employment category. This will
assist Army in reducing the number of
injuries associated with employment
in certain trades by ensuring personnel
demonstrate the physical capacity to
perform in those roles.
Consequently, there is a require-
ment to maintain both the BFA as a
baseline fitness test and PES assess-
ments to demonstrate physical suitabil-
ity for a trade.
When PES are implemented in
January 2013, PT policy will detail that
personnel are to have a current BFA
pass prior to commencing PES condi-
tioning and assessment for their respec-
New standard: Physical Employment Standards will be implemented from next January as a measure of a
person's suitability for a given job, regardless of age, gender or physical build.
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