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Maritime Logistics Community News : Summer 2010
14 NAVY SUPPLY NEWSLETTER SUMMER 2010 While perhaps it doesn't roll off the tongue quite the same way DNOP did (or is it just a case of old habits dying hard?), the name change, or more specifically, the merger between DNOP and DSCM that took place on 1st July 2010, is here to stay. From a Career Management perspective, hopefully you've not noticed much of a change. At this stage, the major alteration has been that the policy areas of both organisations have merged and relocated to R8-5, while DSCM career management staff have moved down to Level 4. The merge is now undergoing a period of review and consolidation, with the possibility of further changes in 2012. Watch this space... Of course, the other major change since my last contribution has been the revision of Officers' reporting and promotion system. What this has entailed, in a nutshell, is a move to a single reporting date for Officers of 30 September annually, with selective promotions to be announced on 30 June each year to take effect from 1st January the following year. In addition, the Member Statement format has been revised to incorporate promotions, Australian Command and Staff College (ACSC), Minor Command and Sea Charge Advisory Committee (MCSCAC), Engineering Charge Selection Board (ECSB) and Supply Charge Endorsement Panel (SCEP). As I type, NOPARs and Member Statements are flowing in prior to the Qualification Based Boards (QBB) convening in early 2011. If you have not already done so, and especially if you are in zone for promotion, it is vitally important to ensure that your reporting history is up to date. You can get a snapshot of your recent reporting history via the Navy People Central portal on PMKeyS Self Service, or if that doesn't allay your concerns, contact me. Alternatively, if you are in the Canberra area, you can arrange to visit the NPCMA Promotions Cell to view your Blue Jacket. Another change that you will no doubt be familiar with is the withdrawal of the LOP, with postings being promulgated via the Navy Postings and Promotions website for a trial period between 1 July and 30 September 2010. The trial has now concluded with a review, driven largely by your feedback, currently being considered by DNPCMA. Hopefully a decision on whether the change will be made permanent will be made by the time this edition goes to print, but in the interim, postings will continue to appear at http://intranet.defence.gov.au/navypostings/. As always, DSO postings continue to be a hot topic among our junior officers. In particular, I've had several recent queries with regard to DSO tenure. Just to clarify, a standard DSO posting is of 18 months duration. Of course, there will be times when factors such as personal circumstances, professional background or ships programs may vary this by a few months either side, but on balance a DSO should be seeking to achieve a Command endorsement at the 12 month mark to sit their Supply Charge Board at approximately 15 months, which then gives flexibility to ensure that there is time for a second attempt should the Officer not pass at the first attempt at the Charge Board and to make adequate arrangements for a handover to take place, preferably alongside the unit's home port. Overall, an eighteen month tenure strikes an appropriate balance between fully preparing DSOs for eventual sea charge whilst ensuring that the throughput of DSOs allows the majority of officers to achieve this goal at roughly the 3-4 year seniority mark as a LEUT. Moving onto the theme of 'Supply Community -- Achieving Every Day,' I often feel privileged to be in a position where I can help manage the careers of Officers who are putting these words into action every day. In addition to our core roles at sea, we have Supply Officers deployed on every major ADF operation (including on the ground in Afghanistan), at the forefront of developing new capability (as well as sustaining current capability), providing operational logistics support in single service, joint and combined environments and providing specialist logistics advice and strategic level policy development -- there is almost no limit to what Navy's professional logisticians can provide. This was amply demonstrated to me recently with a short notice requirement to provide two Supply Lieutenants to provide specialist operational contracting and financial management roles among the first echelons to deploy on Operation Pakistan Assist 2. Not only was it enormously edifying to know Navy's junior Supply Officers are held in such high esteem, but also humbling that our people were ready to deploy with only a weekend's notice for an indeterminate period. If that doesn't show that the Supply Community is achieving every day, I don't know what does! The Poster's Page "Good morning, Navy People Career Management Agency, LCDR Macdonald speaking" -- "Gee, that's a mouthful, isn't it?" BY LCDR BEN MACDONALD, RAN