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Maritime Logistics Community News : Autumn 2010
17 NAVY SUPPLY NEWSLETTER AUTUMN 2010 While we are, as ever, living and working in changing times, we are also surely reaping the benefits of a range of initiatives like the capability allowance, Defence home owners scheme, and also in terms of the excitement and opportunities offered by the many projects and platforms in planning or delivery stages. I am writing this article without the benefit of having any recent personnel stats on-hand, but I've little doubt that at the moment, retention rates are up, with wastage and separation rates subsequently down. I'd also guess that, while not quite as dramatic, the recruiting rates are looking pretty good too. We can only hope then that job satisfaction and levels of enthusiasm are also on the up. While all this is looking good, indeed we are surely thriving, we also can't afford to take our eyes off the ball, particularly in terms of the numbers, availability and readiness of our Reservists. While the GFC must also be responsible (in part) for the currently good- looking scene I've just outlined, the Australian economy is picking up quite solidly again now, and those with logistics and operational support skills are in increasing demand. It may not be too long before the purple patch we are now enjoying, comes to an end. Of course we are very fortunate within the branch to have had the benefit of strong leadership and the vision that has enabled the currently strong state we are in. That same vision is leading us towards looking at Reservists in a more innovative and embedded way than ever before. We are in the fortunate position to be able to offer flexible work arrangements that suit the many phases of our working and family lives -- whether it be to ensure that PN members are able to leave their normal workplace for training, leave, family or personal reasons, or of course to meet the operational requirements of the service. While at the end of the day there can be no trade-offs between people and outcomes, the message is clear that we are an integrated and capable branch that works hard to ensure we get the balance right. For Reservists this means we need to focus on readiness, being aware of whats going on within the branch and within Navy more widely, and on making a career out of what you do for the service. While NGN and other significant initiatives and proposals are in-train, it is important that we keep up-to-date with what it all means to us as individuals and to the Reserve force more generally. We need to ensure we keep ahead of the game to ensure that indeed, we thrive in these changing times! On this note, in the last NSN I outlined a proposal for a qualified entry Supply Sailor scheme (QES). The training program and continuum for this proposal is currently under development and discussion with the Supply and Health Faculty before going back to the Supply Advisory Council (SAC). Thanks to DTA-LOG for patience and support with this project to-date. There is of course still some way to go and I will continue to keep you informed. Finally, I hope that all Supply branch Reservists are being kept up-to-date on opportunities such as training, conferences and so forth, as well as relevant activities at local establishments. Use the Navy Reserve website and other communications means, formal and informal, to keep yourself in touch. Reserve's Column The theme for this edition of the newsletter 'thriving in a changing environment' is as apt now as at any other time for our branch -- PN and Reservists alike. BY CMDR MIKE FORDHAM, RANR Navy Sword With Below Flag Rank scabbard $1,070.00 These stunning swords crafted by Windlass, an ISO accredited sword maker, are used by and made to the exact specifications of the ADF. The blades are forged from a single billet of high-carbon steel, hand-ground, hardened and tempered, and polished to a mirror finish before acid-etching with their distinctive, ornate patterns. SALT offers all our discerning clients a 100% money back guarantee on the quality of each sword and scabbard. We also extend to you our price guarantee, where SALT will match or beat any advertised price*. *Proof of lower advertised price must be presented to SALT to ensure you receive the benefits of our price guarantee. See our website for other swords and accessories. web: www.salt.asn.au e-mail: email@example.com ph: 02 6123 2929 Support Navy sport & welfare - buy from SALT