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Army December 6, 2012
THE CA has confirmed Army's future
Hospitality and Catering requirements
and has agreed to a range of reforms to
ensure Army messes are sustained within
a reduced garrison budget.
These decisions were made carefully,
after thorough analysis and consideration
of Army's requirements. The Chief and
I acknowledge the important role that
messes play in supporting Army's people
and ultimately its capability.
Reforms will take effect from mid-
2013 after further detailed development
and the progress of the Base Services
Retender. In some messes, particularly
ORs messes, these changes will be sub-
tle, while in other messes there will be
significant and noticeable reforms.
All extant Army messes will remain
open. This is in recognition that messes
are a unique part of Army life centred on
tradition, culture, morale and teamwork.
When used properly they are an ena-
bler in the raising, training and sustain-
ing of Army's capability.
The practice of consolidating or
closing messes during reduced tempo
periods (such as over Christmas) will
continue and, when appropriate, become
to local declines in
demand. This may
mean mess con-
periods of major
due to reductions
in diners or due to
the field deploy-
ment of Australian
changed over the
years, partly due to changes in eating
habits, the nature of living-in accom-
modation and the separation of living-
in-accommodation and living-in-meals
charges. To reflect these changes, alter-
native (self-serve/self-prep) meal choices
will be introduced in some messes to
provide added flexibility to diners, while
in other messes the alternative choices
will be introduced to reduce excessive
Most messes will continue to provide
cooked options for all meal periods, plus
an option to consume the alternative
choices such as continental breakfast,
self-serve salad/sandwich bar lunch or a
Other messes, specifically those with
extremely low dining numbers, will only
have the alternative meal option
to change with times
Maj-Gen Angus Campbell
provided. This may be limited to week-
ends only or become the standing weekly
arrangement for those messes.
In addition to the added flexibility of
alternate meal choices, work is also under
way to develop policy to provide diners
with a financial advantage when consum-
ing the alternative meal choice instead of
the traditional fully cooked meals.
services will be
service will no
longer be pro-
vided in senior
NCO or officers'
messes as part
of routine meal
All messes in
Army will adopt
ment for meals.
tions will con-
tinue to be con-
ducted in Army messes. Work is under
way to review the management of official
functions with a view to creating a con-
sistent approach across Defence. It is
likely that the quantity of Commonwealth
subsidised functions will decrease.
Finally, in response to the Hamilton
Report on alcohol use in the ADF and in
line with the Pathway to Change strategy,
Defence bars will undergo significant
Key changes will be reductions in bar
hours, increases in alcohol prices and
standardising bar stock management.
These reforms are to be adopted consist-
ently across Defence and represent the
VCDF and Service Chiefs' commitment
to alcohol-related reforms.
More detail on all these reforms will
be provided in early 2013.
Most messes will
continue to provide
cooked options for
all meal periods, plus
an option to consume
choices available ...
-- Maj-Gen Angus Campbell, DCA
A perfect fit
Boots and clothing to come in a wider range of sizes
PUTTING your best foot forward
will be easier with a range of
extended sizes of boots to ensure
members achieve a better fit.
The same extends to finding the
right fit for clothing and personal
equipment, as Army has been work-
ing to further develop clothing and
footwear issued to members.
There are now extended sizes of
boots with both larger and smaller
widths to suit those with a slightly
wider or narrower foot.
The Director General of Land
Systems Division's Integrated
Soldier Systems Branch, Brig Mike
Phelps, said wearing footwear that
did not fit correctly could cause seri-
ous foot problems such as blisters,
calluses or inflamed arches.
"It is important all personnel are
aware that they can, and should, be
measured before they start wear-
ing a new uniform or pair of boots,"
Brig Phelps said.
"This is particularly important
for combat boots where ill-fitting
boots can be detrimental. A recent
trial discovered that a significant
number of soldiers were wearing the
wrong size combat boots."
There is also a more extensive
size range in both the male and
female non-combat uniforms.
The new range is designed to fit
better, with changes to chest meas-
urements, arm length and over-
all garment length being the key
upgrades. These clothing ranges are
continually being assessed to ensure
a better fit for all members.
There has also been an increase
in the size range for the DPCU
(including a number of smaller
sizes), and trials for an "alternative
fit" DPCU are under way.
Personnel are encouraged to visit
their local Q-store or clothing store
and remember to ask for assistance.
Not all sizes are held by all stores,
however, sizes can be delivered to
Those who do not fit into the
off-the-shelf sizes can be provided
with made-to-measure boots and
Clerk Cpl Sinead Bacigalupo
was issued a DPCU shirt that was
too long in the sleeves and too long
in the body, even though it was the
smallest size available.
"For a long time I thought I was
stuck with a shirt that was too long,"
she said. "Since having my shirt tai-
lored I've been a lot happier with
the look of my uniform."
The service policy for tailoring
has recently been updated and is in
the latest version of the Electronic
Supply Chain Manual (Volume 4,
In addition to uniforms, soldiers
can also achieve a better fit for pro-
tective and load carriage equipment.
Diggerworks provide a train-the-
trainer package to units to ensure
members are correctly fitted for the
soldier combat ensemble.
Both tailoring and training ser-
vices are continually being reviewed
and improved to better meet the
needs of all service men and women.
For more information on the sizes available
and the updated tailoring policy contact
the ADF Clothing Hotline at http://intranet.
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