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Maritime Logistics Community News : Summer 2010
24 NAVY SUPPLY NEWSLETTER SUMMER 2010 The amalgamation of DSCM, DNOP and Reserve Cell created a slight disruption in-situ, but hardly registered a ripple across the fleet. Op Pakistan Assist II, the cross-deck of HMAS BALLARAT and HMAS STUART, and the de-crewing of HMAS ANZAC and HMAS ARUNTA all created turbulence for NPCMA personnel and the crews alike. The decision to amalgamate DSCM, DNOP and the Reserve Career Management Cell was to integrate like functions and to create a more efficient and effective structure. Functions such as Promotion, Enlistment and Discharge, and Policy and Personnel have merged and it is expected over time this will create a greater equity in the management of officers and sailors. One example of the achievement of a change for the better is the prior requirement to be Individually Ready (IR) when going to the promotion board. It is no longer a requirement for sailors to be IR for the board, however, it is still a requirement for promotion and the associated courses. Op Pakistan Assist II saw a number of our Medical Personnel being deployed to Pakistan and this was a great opportunity to work in a tri- service environment. Unexpectedly on a sleepy Friday afternoon, NPCMA were then tasked with identifying three Stores Naval and one Writer to deploy on the following Tuesday. What followed was the calling of sailors and their supervisors via mobiles, at home and loads of message banks, to round up four sailors fit and ready to deploy. Task achieved by 1930hrs that evening, happy volunteers and supervisors, not really sure of what was coming next, but available to assist. Thank you to all of the sailors contacted who were volunteers and more than willing to assist. Every sailor contacted, without exception was happy to deploy at short notice but not necessarily able to be released. The cross-decking of HMAS BALLARAT and HMAS STUART came at short notice to the Career Managers, but sufficient notice was given to realise there would be some minor posting issues (major to us). NPCMA FBE were able to individually post each member from one ship to the other, but what about the future postings and promotions? This is something we are still occasionally dealing with and small amendments are made to achieve a positive outcome. The Supply category crew members in these ships would have some good advice for us all for any future cross-decks. The decision to de-crew HMAS ARUNTA and HMAS ANZAC came after much deliberation (and a very long Federal election). The value of training and growing our sailors cannot be underestimated and we can look forward to the mammoth task of re-crewing these ships in the future. This has resulted in the deferment of postings for a number of Supply Personnel about to embark on their next posting to sea and may be disappointing, but other opportunities will always become available. Which brings me to EPARs. Keep yours up-to-date. Whenever a posting opportunity arises and often promotion, a search will give nothing more than an old locality requested five years ago, or at worst blanks. Unfortunately when searching for members requesting a location the blank EPARs will not display at all and although you may be happy to go anywhere, unless we search you out personally we are unable to identify you. Overseas, Overseas and Overseas is also a useless request as the overseas positions are advertised on the NPCMA website and are by application. Use the word picture, if you are studying and need to be in the Sydney locality, let us know. You can let us know any situation that might assist you to get the dream posting, or keep you in that dream locality. Or just let us know you are happy to go anywhere including overseas, in addition to your top three. The NPCMA website is now the medium used to advertise positions requiring selection. Positions such as: Career Manager; overseas deployments and postings; Young Endeavour; Recruit School; and Defence Force Recruiting are found here. Many of these positions are being advertised regularly and are accessible to every member who has access to the intranet. Save it to your favourites and check it every time you are getting itchy feet. This change has made these advertisements much more accessible to all personnel. Check it out. CONTACT INFORMATION: DSCM Canberra Career Manager (STD and CK) R8-04-037 (02) 6265 4719 Career Manager (MTD,MUSN,MED,DEN,SN,WTR) R8-04-038 (02) 6265 9159 Training Manager (Supply and Leadership) R8-04-053 (02) 6265 3801 OIC Cell 2 R8-04-035 (02) 6265 5688 Local Career Management Cell Career Manager Regional (CK,STD,WTR,SN,MED,DEN,MTD,MUSN) (02) 6265 3591 Career Manager Regional (DFR,Young Endeavour,Recruit School) (02) 6266 6624 Career Manager FBE(WTR,SN,MED,DEN,MUSN) (02) 9359 6338 Career Manager FBE (CK, STD) (02) 9359 3978 Career Manager FBW (08) 9553 5681 Career Manager Cairns (07) 4042 0370 Career Manager Darwin (08) 8935 5618 Sailors' Career Management -- (NPCMA) So much has happened within Navy People Career Management Agency (NPCMA) since the last Supply newsletter and in typical Navy style it's business as usual, achieving our every day objectives while giving priority to the unexpected. BY CPOWTR K. RAVAILLION