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Maritime Logistics Community News : Autumn 2009
10 naVY SuPPLY nEWSLEttER autumn 2009 thoughts, promote discussion, submit suggestions or tell us about your experience while at work or on deployment. (Good buzz - There are also cash prizes for well written articles!) Diploma of Hospitality – It is a great pleasure to inform the cook category that a couple of years of hard work by many people including WOCK Bohm, OAM, CPOCK Fitzgerald and CPOCK McInerney have finally paid off. LCDR Manning, RAN, (Staff Officer Accreditation) and Ms Angela Apperley confirmed on the 4 Feb 09 that the RAN can award the Diploma of Hospitality (Management) to POCKs. To qualify, personnel must complete the Advanced Cook course and the POCK CTJ. The qualification will be awarded retrospectively to all senior cook personnel. Australian Culinary Federation alignment – In the latter part of 2008 I met with the National President of the ACF – Mr Peter Wright. As a Chef, Peter has extensive experience in Restaurant Management and Catering including involvement in the Australian Culinary Olympics Team, and as a consultant to the Beijing Olympics, Sydney Olympics, Melbourne and Manchester Commonwealth Games. Peter has also applied his many skills as a design consultant, kitchen operations for the Davis Station, Antarctica and NSW Sport and recreation. As part of the professional alignment program managed by ADNPR(SU), all cooks of AB rank and above have been enrolled as members in the ACF. Peter Wright has recently drafted a welcome letter to all cooks who have been enrolled in the ACF and I would like to highlight one of his points, ‘you will only get out of your membership what you put into it’. You can access the ACF website via www.austculinary.com.au. The ACF manages and has involvement in many fine events such as Nestle Golden Chefs Hat Awards, Global Chefs Challenge and Fine Food Trade events; you now have access to all these events and their wide range of information and networks. You will benefit greatly if you are involved. Maritime Alignment – ADNPR(SU) has initiated a process to investigate if the Supply categories can be aligned with the General Maritime Qualifications Not Specifically Aligned with Regulated Occupations. Regulated Occupations within the Maritime Trades are personnel such as Bridge Watch keepers and Engineering, all others are considered to be general maritime qualifications. So why has ADNPR(SU) in consultation with Competency Management Cell HMAS CERBERUS, undertaken such an investigation? If successful, this process will enable the RAN, as a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) to award Supply category personnel qualifications from the Civilian Maritime Training Package in Maritime Operations. These qualifications would recognise all the disparate qualifications that the RAN currently awards to personnel for completing training such as Survival at Sea, Fire Fighting and First Aid in addition to those specialist category competencies. These qualifications will only be able to be awarded to personnel who have successfully completed a sea posting and would recognise all those specialist Maritime skills we process. The qualifications are easily recognised and understood by civilian maritime enterprises. There is still a great deal of work to be completed however it is a very exciting proposition. Thought for Consideration – I would like to share with you some thoughts regarding a couple of words I have heard used continuously of late, in both the wider community and the Defence community, those words are ‘passion’ and ‘passionate’. The terms are used to describe sportsmen and scientists, engineers and cooks alike. These terms have been used by many personnel at farewell functions to describe the individual who is moving on to other employment areas as well as describing the manner in which personnel conduct themselves in the workplace. Now I am not saying that there is something wrong with having ‘passion’ or being ‘passionate’, I am simply making reference to the frequency with which these terms are used. So what exactly is passion, and what does it mean to be passionate? There are many instances in history of people who were passionate about their beliefs and convictions, both good and bad. The example set by Socrates who devoted his life to the development of a form of philosophical reasoning and the Socratic method of questioning perceived logic. Socrates was placed on trial by the people of ancient Athens for ‘corrupting the minds of the youth of Athens’ and rather than deny or refute his way of reasoning was sentenced to death. This demonstrated extreme dedication to his conviction or passion. The Macquarie dictionary (3rd edition) provides the following definitions; Passion; • Any kind of feeling or emotion, as hope, fear, joy, grief, anger, love desire, etc, especially when of compelling force, and Passionate; • Affected with or dominated by passion or vehement emotion So utilising these definitions you can understand why these descriptions are used to describe many of our personnel; it is clearly evident we have many passionate personnel in the organisation; however this caused me to think about the depths of passion that personnel may feel. This occurred because, as I said, these terms are used so commonly and in the great majority of cases they are used to describe individuals who may have served in excess of 20 or 30 years. But is it possible that someone who has served three or four years could have the same level of passion, and be as passionate about their employment or the RAN as senior personnel? I am of the belief that this is not only possible but it is true. I have had working associations with several personnel who have had a great deal of passion for their employment or been very passionate about cooking, however due to personal considerations or requirements have moved on to other employment. I once read an interview with a circus performer who performed in the Jim Rose Freak show extravaganza. The interviewer asked the performer how they had come to be involved with the circus and how they had developed the skill of riding a uni-cycle to such an extremely high level. The performer replied that his grandmother had provided him with the following advice ‘Pick something, something that you like and develop that skill until you are brilliant at it, possibly even the best in the world’ The performer chose to ride a uni-cycle and developed the skill until he was unrivalled. This is a poignant lesson for all of us. Engage your passion, develop your passion, if you can develop one skill or ability to the point of excellence, you can apply that same understanding and determination to develop a number of skills. As I have spent many years as a cook, I can state without hesitation we have many passionate personnel in the category; however this passion needs to be directed and channeled in a positive manner to ensure it benefits you, the category and the RAN. ‘Be passionate, and strive to excel!’ All the best for your future endeavors, I wish you all every success. ‘You’ve been a wonderful audience’ Regards Craig ‘Curly’ Nickels