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Maritime Logistics Community News : Summer 2010
9 NAVY SUPPLY NEWSLETTER SUMMER 2010 The Supply and Health Faculty enjoys a constant stream of junior and senior ranks as well as officers, coming and going as they undertake a range of courses. Over the July -- September quarter the Faculty trained 568 SU officers, sailors, soldiers and airmen. Currently there are 133 personnel under training with more classes ready to commence and graduate before the end of the year. It is wonderful to see these people pass through the Faculty and it heartens me when I witness the fine efforts, great enthusiasm, and dedication being exhibited by the instructors to ensure the best possible training is being delivered. In this sense, we achieve a great deal everyday. The emphasis of 'achieving everyday' from an instructional content perspective is to maintain focus on training for capability, not qualifications. As I keep saying, training is dynamic and must remain dynamic. To achieve the best everyday we must keep pace with the customers' current and future capability requirements, and changing doctrine. In the Faculty this year courses have been re-designed and re-aligned to adapt to current Fleet requirements, while plans are being developed that look at future initiatives in the areas of medical training, ILS training for SU officers, enhanced OPLOG officer training, and new inventory management system training for SNs. Also this year we have pulled apart the Intermediate Cooks Course, re-built it from scratch, and are now ready to commence a pilot of the course in October this year -- a fantastic achievement. The following narrative is from the OIC of the Supply School (LCDR Kisnorbo, RAN). She describes some more specifics about 'achieving everyday'. ROLAND VAN GEELEN CMDR, RAN. DTA LOG (SUPPLY & HEALTH) Achieving every day -- where to start? When I first looked at this topic I thought, well...we are achieving something every day. Not helpful really. But then I thought what is it that we are achieving in the progression of training for our Supply Officers, Stores Naval and Writer sailors? What began a couple of years ago now in the reinvention of the training continuum for each of these unique groups has continued and for most has reached an improved, approved and most importantly, tried and tested end product. There is however always room for improvement in achieving the best product that meets the requirements of the Category sponsors and the needs of the customer -- fleet -- while also meeting the COMTRAIN objective of reducing the 'training force' and increasing the 'trained force'. The old Professional Development Program (PDP) training for the intermediate level of each branch is dead and buried. Although it was developed to meet a specific purpose -- providing a more structured on the job training requirement with specific outcomes to ensure a broader experience and exposure base -- this method quickly became less effective and in the end did not produce the experienced and knowledgeable sailor required by the customer. What has been developed in its place is an Intermediate and Advanced course for each of the Supply Branch sailors -- Cooks, Stewards, Naval Stores and Writers that is more meaningful. The Intermediate courses provide that level of knowledge and hands on experience required to ensure that our sailors are returning to the fleet able to understand and improve the processes at hand -- both ashore and afloat. The Advanced courses are aimed at management and providing that additional information and update for our Senior sailors-to-be. For example, the focus for the Advanced Writer course is about providing the information and skills to be an effective Personnel Officer -- previously understated regarding its importance but now an essential step, especially in the face of a changing Writers branch away from pay and accounts and more towards HR. The focus on systems training for both levels is again an achievement in itself noting all the organisations involved in getting to that point. That is: SLIMS, MILIS, RSF, NAVCMC, ADF PAY, and the lists goes on. The four phase junior supply officer course was no longer meeting the requirements of either the individuals or the customer. The more streamlined two phase approach, including an effective role at sea in the second phase, is producing a Supply Officer who is more rounded and experienced not just in the Supply disciplines but as a Naval Officer overall. Our junior officers are achieving many things that were previously the domain of the DSO afloat, and in the main are relishing in the opportunity to do so. The PQ Board results are testimony to this. Our DSO Course has well and truly progressed to ensure that these officers are joining their Ships able to be a true Deputy and day to day manager of the Supply Department -- a big ask, but again, the proof is in the pudding and the calibre of candidates sitting their Charge Board is much improved in the breadth of both their experiences and knowledge base. Theirs is not a role which is meant to take over as an SME in Catering or Material management -- this is still and will always be the domain of the SAO and Senior Cook onboard. But, they are being trained and their knowledge tested in the management of each of these areas in meeting the requirements of Command. What we are achieving is an effective Officer who is able to manage the department with a capability focus -- this is what the Executive and Engineering branches focus on, and the SU community's approach should be no different. So, how are we achieving every day in the training world of the Supply Community? We are providing the groundwork and foundation for a more professional, knowledgeable and customer focussed supply branch of the future. LEIGH KISNORBO LCDR, RAN. OIC SUPPLY SCHOOL Supply Training now and for the future The theme of 'achieving everyday' is an apt one in regard to training. BY CMDR ROLAND VAN GEELEN, RAN