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Army August 1, 2013
ADF members are now able to purchase recreation
The new provision, which came into effect on
July 26, is in addition to the recreation leave ben-
efits currently available and allows ADF members
to apply for the purchase of up to 20 extra days of
Director General Cultural Reviews Response
Air-Cdre Henrik Ehlers said the change would help
support Defence personnel’s needs to balance their
family, work and life commitments.
“These new provisions also allow personnel to
spread the cost of purchased leave across the year,”
“This initiative is consistent with the cultural
reform strategies outlined in the Pathway to Change
and reinforces our commitment to being an employ-
er of choice across the Navy, Army and Air Force,”
Full details of the initiative are available at
Personnel can now
purchase rec leave
for CA Scholarship
NOMINATIONS are now open for next
year’s CA’s “I’m an Australian Soldier”
Scholarship recipients will undertake
study tours to significant sites where
Australian soldiers have fought and
participate in commemorative activities
Soldiers from private to corporal are
eligible to nominate or be nominated by
their units for the scholarship, which is
assessed on 10 core behaviours:
Learning and self-development.
This year’s scholarship recipients
travelled to Korea to visit battlefields
and memorials from the Korean War.
Soldiers can submit nomination
forms through their chain of com-
mand. COs who receive a nomination
form need to provide a supplementary
report and forward the documentation
to CA Scholarship coordinator Maj Ian
Finlayson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Download nomination and CO report forms
from the Army intranet site by following the
links “organisation”, “CA home page”, “links
of interest” and “I’m an Australian Soldier
Scholarship”. Nominations close November 1.
Cpl Max Bree
A NEW program of community
engagement is helping 3 Bde raise
its profile in Townsville.
Known as the Enhanced
Community Profile Line of
Operation, the program is
designed to showcase 3 Bde to the
Townsville community through
young leadership activities at
Lavarack and meeting the public
outside the Barracks.
Capt Danielle Izod, the pro-
gram’s lead planner, said with
soldiers making up a considerable
part of the Townsville community,
it was important the community
knew what they did.
“It’s about being able to show
the local community who we are
and what we do, so they have
a better idea of what goes on here
at Lavarack Barracks,” she said.
“The best part is seeing the
kids’ faces when we roll in with
The brigade recently showed
off some of its soldiers and gear
during an event called Camo
Kids at the Museum of Tropical
Queensland during the school holi-
days from June 22 to July 7.
“We had infantry units out there
with all their different weapon sys-
tems and some signallers so the
kids could talk to each other with
radios,” Capt Izod said.
“They could put cams on and sit
behind the gun and get photos.”
Capt Izod believed the program
was the only one of its kind operat-
ing in Australia.
“The brigade commander real-
ly wanted to focus on supporting
the community because no one is
doing anything like this anywhere
in Australia,” she said. “He wanted
to support the community because
if we support them, they support
Unit commanders were also
getting on board with the new
community engagement initiative,
according to Capt Izod.
“It’s slowly getting easier,” she
said. “COs understand the impor-
tance of the program so they sup-
port where they can and how they
“It’s very rare that a unit will
say ‘no we can’t do it’ and when
they do it’s for a legitimate reason.”
The soldiers enjoy getting out
and meeting the kids.
“They are actually having a
really good time,” Capt Izod said.
“They weren’t sure what to expect,
but they have really jumped into it.”
Townsville-based brigade rolls out to meet the community
People focus: Capt Danielle Izod leads 3 Bde’s community engagement efforts organising school and
community group visits to units at Lavarack Barracks as well as Army support to activities in Townsville.
Study tour: LCpl Justin Donnelly visits Commonwealth War Graves in South
Korea during this year’s CA’s “I’m an Australian Soldier” Scholarship.
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