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Army July 5, 2012
Cpl Nick Wiseman
DESPITE the name, Project LASER is not
the plan of an evil genius hell-bent on taking
over the world but instead a study into reten-
tion of ADF members.
The Longitudinal ADF Study Evaluating
Retention (Project LASER) aims to discover
the important issues facing junior members
of the ADF during the initial years of their
Once these issues have been identified they
are gathered together and presented to senior
management to find changes that will help the
organisation better manage its members.
Project LASER team leader Vanessa Barone
said the study followed members from enlist-
ment or commission throughout their initial
"This period was identified as a big risk
area, so we're looking into why," she said.
Starting next month, those members who
have previously been part of the project will be
asked again to assist by completing a survey on
their experiences to date.
Ms Barone encouraged those soldiers to
participate in the survey and said it was an
important opportunity for them to have their
say and contribute.
"It's an advocate for the junior soldiers and
their issues," she said.
"The ADF is very interested in the results
and keen to figure out the issues affecting its
For more information contact the Project LASER team
on 1800 559 755 or retentionresearch.ProjectLaser@
LASER looks for answers
Retention initiative seeks feedback from identified new members in their initial periods of service
IMPORTANT factors for retention found
in previous reports have included:
Having expectations met.
Perception of few jobs offering a better
Having enough time for personal/
A feeling of belonging with the military.
Feeling positive about future ADF
Having values that match the
Feeling the Service cares about
Feeling in control over future career
Fresh start: Project LASER has been following a group of ADF members from enlistment or
commissioning through their initial periods of service to find ways to improve retention.
Photo by Sgt Brian Hartigan
Staying in: Past surveys have found
time for family is crucial to retention.
Photo by AB James Whittle
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