Home' Army News : July 18th 2013 Contents Sgt Dave Morley
A FORMER Mentoring and
Reconstruction Task Force 1 (MRTF 1)
sig hopes to raise at least $6000 for
Soldier On in October by competing in
the Battle of the Beasts Mountain Bike
Enduro in Canberra.
Chad Dobbs, an ICT Support
Engineer with Chief Information
Officer Group (CIOG) since leaving
the Army in 2012, said he raised $5702
last year, which was more than the rest
of the 119 competitors combined.
“I raised the money through the
support of family and friends and a lot
of supporters that were deployed at the
time of the race,” Mr Dobbs said.
“Some of those supporters were
injured while they were deployed.
“They clearly understood the great
work that Soldier On does in providing
support to wounded soldiers and their
Mr Dobbs said Soldier On helped
him to stay positive and focus on what
was important in life after he suffered
from PTSD as a result of his service.
“After leaving the Army I was a bit
lost so I approached Soldier On with
the intent of raising money for them
and was met with their full support,”
“Their acknowledgement that I
was not only empowering myself and
focusing on something positive, but
by fundraising I was helping those
wounded soldiers who were strug-
gling a lot more than I was, helped me
Mr Dobbs is so committed to rais-
ing funds that he is encouraging guests
attending his wedding in September to
donate to the charity in lieu of gifts.
“Every dollar helps. Soldier On is
different from other support services
they don’t give handouts, they give
wounded members and their families
something much more important; sup-
port and hope,” he said.
Mr Dobbs’ donation page, containing more
information, can be found at
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Army July 18, 2013
New messaging tool on the DRN
AN INSTANT messaging and video
conferencing tool called Microsoft
Lync has been made available to
all users of the Defence Restricted
Network as of July 15.
After an upgrade of the Defence
Secret Network to Microsoft Lync
2010 by the Chief Information
Officer Group (CIOG) in March
this year, a requirement for similar
functionality on the DRN was also
Microsoft Lync provides users
with an instant messaging capability
to enhance business communication
between people and work groups.
For more information on
Microsoft Lync 2010 and its func-
tionality on the DRN go to the Lync
To submit feedback on Lync,
visit the CIOG intranet homepage.
For faults and issues relating to
Lync, contact the ICT Service Desk
via the Service Request Catalog or
on 133 272.
of pay and
New service weighs up benefits
Flt-Lt Gavin Briggs
A NEW tool to help members under-
stand the value of their ADF pay
and benefits is set to be launched on
The user-friendly Compare Your
Package (CYP) service will provide
full-time ADF members with an up-to-
date estimation of the financial value
of their conditions of service and an
overview of the intangible benefits
available in their Defence service offer.
People Policy and Employment
Conditions Branch Project Manager
David Scott said it was hoped the
service would give a comprehensive
view of members’ entitlements and the
rewards and benefits of being a full-
time serving member.
“How members use that informa-
tion is up to them – hopefully they
will be influenced to stay longer in the
ADF,” he said.
The CYP report pulls togeth-
er many of the benefits available to
ADF members, including allowances,
top-up superannuation and retention
Members can use the service to
understand how the Defence service
package provides a range of benefits
that other employers might not offer.
“That’s why we would say that it is
an approximation,” Mr Scott said. “It’s
not an actual 100 per cent representa-
tion but it is very close.”
The program was authorised by the
Chief of Services Committee to help
with retention of full-time ADF mem-
bers, especially those who were criti-
cal to maintaining capability.
Members thinking of leaving the
ADF are being encouraged to use the
CYP to make an informed decision.
The online tool will allow them to
compare their Defence package of pre-
tax financial and non-financial ben-
efits with what is available outside of
The CYP can be accessed on the intranet from
August 1 at: http://cass/apps/cyp
Trailblazer: Chad Dobbs will take on the Battle of the Beasts Mountain
Bike Enduro in Canberra to raise money for Soldier On.
Photo by Adam Wozniak Photography 2013
Pushing hard to help others
Pocket guide: The Compare
Your Package service offers an
estimate of the financial value of a
member’s conditions of service.
If you have an
to tell, get in touch
with Army and get
it in print.
by email to
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