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Army October 25, 2012
TWO Special Forces soldiers have
returned to duty after they were
wounded during partnered opera-
tions conducted by Afghan National
Security Forces and the Special
Operations Task Group in Kandahar
The first soldier was wounded
when an all-terrain vehicle he was
operating overturned during a mis-
sion in September. His wounds
were not considered life threaten-
ing.The soldier was immediately
treated at the scene before being
aeromedically evacuated to the Role
3 Medical Facility at Kandahar
Airfield, where he was assessed as
being in a satisfactory condition.
The second soldier sustained
a minor fragmentation wound to
his right knee during a mission in
early October and was immediately
treated by medically trained person-
nel at the site.
The soldier remained at the site
with the force elements until the
mission was complete.
The force elements were extract-
ed back to Multi-National Base
Tarin Kot at the end of the mission
and the soldier received further treat-
ment at a Role 2 medical facility.
Wounded troops return to duty
fight: Tw o
Roles open next year
Female soldiers can transfer into combat roles from next year as chiefs sign plan to lift gender restrictions
SERVING women can transfer to combat
roles next year after the implementation
plan for the removal of gender
restrictions on all ADF jobs was signed
in Canberra on October 11.
Defence Science and Personnel
Minister Warren Snowdon joined VCDF
Air-Mshl Mark Binskin (representing the
CDF), CA Lt-Gen David Morrison, DCN
RAdm Trevor Jones, DCAF AVM Leo
Davies and Head People Capability Maj-
Gen Gerard Fogarty to sign the plan.
Minister Snowdon, who has played a
significant role regarding gender equality
issues within the ADF since 2008,
welcomed the changes.
"The major driver for me has always
been equal treatment -- if we have 50 per
cent of the Australian community who
are denied access to a significant number
of positions in the Defence community,
we're not properly being represented in
the Defence community by the whole of
"I want to thank all of those who were
involved. I also want to thank the CDF
who has a strong personal interest in
driving this change," he said.
Air-Mshl Binskin said the removal of
gender restrictions had his and the service
chiefs' full support.
"To sustain a robust and agile ADF
into the future, we need to ensure every
member is able to contribute to their full
potential," he said.
"Those who can meet our standards
and wish to serve should be able to do
so."Removing gender restrictions is part
of a wider strategy which started last July
with a planning phase.
The preparation phase started last
month to update training documents and
policies, educate soldiers and modify
facilities and equipment.
Defence Science and Technology
Organisation has developed Physical
Employment Standards for all Army
employment categories. The standards
will be finalised by the end of the year.
Female Army members can express
interest to their career managers with
internal transfers beginning in January
Female officer cadets at Duntroon
will also have the opportunity to pursue a
career in a combat role from 2013.
All roles will be opened to women
entering the Army from January 2016.
Check out Page 23 for an in-depth interview with
a female New Zealand artillery officer.
The Physical Employment
Standards (PES) aim to define
the physical capacities required
by all soldiers in each trade and
will underpin the removal of gen-
der restrictions for combat roles
in the Army.
The PES will also set clear
rehabilitation standards and ena-
ble better conditioning of Army
Defence Science and
Technology Organisation has been
developing and testing PES and
will propose standards for all of
Army's employment categories by
the end of this year.
Implementation of the stand-
ards is expected to commence
from early 2013.
PES assessments will be
conducted during Army basic and
initial employment training, and
will replace the current Combat
The BFA will remain unchanged
as the AIRN requirement.
PHYSICAL EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS
Change coming soon: Serving
female soldiers will be eligible to
transfer into previously restricted
arms corps from next year in a bid
to build a base of experience before
the roles are open to direct entry
Photo by AB Jo Dilorenzo
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