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Maritime Logistics Community News : November 2009
11 NAVY SUPPLY NEWSLETTER SPRING 2009 (1) Opportunities for enhanced simulation training in SHF courses, (2) Improving current SHF courses and training methods, and (3) Ensuring SHF training is in alignment with changing capability requirements. In this edition, each of the schools report against these goals. The Supply School concentrates on the revised Deputy Supply Officer (DSO) Designate course and looks at its relevancy through the eyes of the course participants who are undertaking the training. To self-adulate is always good if you believe the product being delivered meets requirements, however ‘the proof is in the pudding’ as the saying goes. If the customer is happy with what has been delivered, then you know you have hit the mark. I am sure you will find the comments interesting. The Medical School brief concentrates on a wonderful new simulation initiative that has been introduced into Basic Medical Assistant (BMA) and Advanced Medical Assistant (AMA) training; and to round-off this SHF submission, the ADF School of Catering and the ADF Dental School provide updates on how they have improved courses or have ensured capability requirements have been met. Yours in training, Roland van Geelen Commander, RAN DTA LOG - Supply & Health Faculty RAN SUPPLY SCHOOL More than half way through the revised pilot course, Deputy Supply Officer (DSO) 02/09 trainees are now proficient in Material Management, Catering & Hotel Services, Operating Cycles, Whole Ship & Departmental Management, and Divisional & Personnel Management. The remainder of the course concentrates on Medical & Mortuary Affairs and Public & Non- Public Financial Management. Supply Officers completing the revised DSO course should now feel confident that they are professionally prepared to tackle the challenges of their forthcoming sea posting as a Deputy Head of Department (DHoD), followed by successful completion of the Supply Charge Board (SCB). Below is a snapshot of what the current students have said about the revised DSO course and Supply Officer continuum: The DSO (Desig) course has progressed rapidly towards the 22nd Century. With the multiple restructures, AQTF requirements and forever evolving policies and procedures, this course finally has a structure that can be considered robust and relevant [that can] also be extended down to the ASO training realm,...ultimately producing high quality Material Managers for the Royal Australian Navy. Noting current strategic priorities to reduce resource expenditure, and an ongoing push to have naval training (and in our case Supply Officer courses) shortened to meet resource reduction targets, it makes one consider what the real cost is for appropriately and reliably train[ed]... future Supply Officers. By reducing the length of these essential courses, does that mean that a particular skill set is potentially lost or filed away in the training of old? It shouldn’t even be contemplated. OIC SHF and associated staff have put a significant amount of time, effort and individual enthusiasm into producing a solid product that will form the basis of roles and responsibilities that the DSO will perform at sea. The divine focus in logistics for Supply Officers is material management. No longer will there be tiresome and arduous hours spent behind a canteen till, or counting red and green frogs. The predominant focus is now firmly on the Material Management of the ship as well as the daily running of the Supply Department afloat. [Previously, this is] something the SO themselves were heavily involved with, and the DSO only considered prior to their Charge Board. The emphasis of shifting from finance to materiel ... was particularly illustrated to the DSO course participant, through the provision of a comprehensive Naval Stores barrier exam several weeks prior to course commencement. The depth and detail inherent in this exam ensured that course participants joined with a solid appreciation of the material management problem space. The subsequent course content on stores has evolved from the unimaginative regurgitation of doctrine and policy, ...to a curriculum now firmly focused on the higher level material management problem space, covering areas such as the determination of capability support metrics through data interrogation and anomaly identification, and general system housekeeping (purification of data) BY CMDR ROLAND VAN GEELEN, RAN Supply and Health Faculty In the Autumn 2009 edition of the Navy Supply Newsletter I outlined the 2009 strategic focus of the Supply Health Faculty (SHF) in relation to three goals. To recap, they were: