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Maritime Logistics Community News : Winter 2011
20 NAVY SUPPLY NEWSLETTER WINTER 2011 BY LCDR BEN MACDONALD, RAN Supply Officer Career Management 2011 has certainly been full steam ahead so far within Navy People Career Management Agency (NPCMA). As I write, the first Qualification Based Boards under the revised promotion system have just concluded. It has been a very busy time, not only for NPCMA staff, but also for many of the senior Officers within the Supply Primary Qualification who no doubt feel that they have spent more than enough time at Russell Offices so far in 2011 to last the entire year. While every new process has its teething problems (this being no exception), for those of you in zone for promotion, you can rest assured that the new process has been characterised by robust, yet fair discussion. Unfortunately, we (yes, that includes me!) will have to wait until 30 June 2011 to find out what the outcomes of those discussions are. In the meantime, the Deputy Supply Officer Endorsement Panel (DSOEP) has convened and selected another eight Lieutenants to take up DSO positions in the Fleet through until the end of 2012. The process this year has again highlighted that selection for DSO remains highly competitive, with many more commendable candidates applying for selection than there were available platforms. The level of effort put in by the candidates this year to the Member's Statements was as obvious as it was appreciated and contributed immeasurably to the decision making process. Those of you who missed out are encouraged to revisit the guidance sent to you by the Head of Supply Community CDRE Richards last year. If, as a consequence, you decide that you need to adjust your career plan, do not hesitate to contact me! That said, one issue that arose with several candidates was inconsistency in reporting history. I strongly encourage you to visit the Navy People Central section of PMKeyS Self Service and check that your entire suite of reports is reflected on PMKeyS. If you have any doubt that a report that you have received is not held on your Blue Jacket, again, please do not hesitate to contact me. In addressing the theme of this edition, "Back to basics -- improving our core business," it is not surprising that I consider it a notion well worth looking at from a career management perspective. There are no end of resources that can inform you in your decision making processes, whether it be through regular dialogue with your career manager, professional mentors or your peers (to name a few); however, the Supply Primary Qualification is fortunate to have a range of opportunities in core areas such as supply chain management, ILS, project management and joint/operational logistics each of the Navy's key population centres. Depending on where you are at in the career continuum, you may decide that you need to broaden or specialise, or even that you need to take a job outside of branch (such as an Australian Defence Force Academy/ Royal Australian Naval College/Recruit School Divisional Officer) or a career break in the form of Long Service Leave, Leave Without Pay or Full- Time Civil Schooling. The point is that the opportunities are there for anyone who feels driven by the need to get "back to basics." Once you have made the decision about the direction your career should take, my recommendation is to visit the NPCMA intranet website and the position search database. From that point, we can have the one-on-one discussion about if, how and when we can move you into the jobs that you want to do. With that in mind, NPCMA Roadshows are still to come this year for Melbourne/Cerberus (June), Cairns/Darwin (August) and Fleet Base West (September) -- I look forward to the 'back to basics' discussions to come.