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Maritime Logistics Community News : Winter 2011
29 NAVY SUPPLY NEWSLETTER WINTER 2011 understandable as the program may not be for everyone. However, if it is only because you are having doubts about the mathematical content, then you should know that the requirements are no more advanced than NSW HSC Mathematics (the former 2 Unit course). It is recommended you have a look at the CTMC website at the end of this article; it provides a number of examples and worked solutions of the type of problems that will be encountered during the year. At the commencement of the program, students will have a number of mathematics lectures, and then sit a non-assessable mathematics exam to see where their respective aptitudes are at. For those who require some extra revision, excellent support services are provided by the School of Mathematical Sciences at the Defence Academy. One student failed the initial mathematics exam by a considerable margin at the beginning of last year -- by the time he graduated, he was highly recommended by the Director to return to CTMC as a member of the Directing Staff (I do not want to cast dispersions about what service this member who could not count is from, as the good Major is a close friend of mine). Tri-Service Flavour (with a tinge of green) Whilst CTMP was originally an Army course, Navy has had people on the course since 1996. There has been a permanent, DDNCM(SU) supported billet for one Supply Officer each year since 2008, with graduates including LEUT Neil Davenport, LCDR Linda Morris, LEUT Jonathan Gray and the author. Whilst there remains an Army flavour due to the majority of students and staff being from the middle service, it is indeed a tri-service course. Studies will include learning about Land and Air capabilities along with our own superior Maritime ones; however all of the skills in Sustainment, Capability Development and Project Management are readily transferable across the three services. JP2048 is an example of how these skills can come together and form a true tri-service capability, resulting in the LHD being introduced into service very soon. Defence Industry Visit Program -- The Overseas Trip Any discussion about CTMP would not be complete without mentioning the Defence Industry Visit Program, or end of year overseas trip. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity in Defence where you get to spend three weeks overseas visiting a range of international/global Defence companies. Organised in conjunction with the students of each syndicate, the Visit Programs are tailored to include producers of capabilities pertaining to the likely future jobs of the students. Our syndicate visited twelve different companies across South Africa, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States. Companies included Denel Land Systems and BAE in South Africa to cover off on Land Mobility capabilities, and a call on Airbus in Spain to consider Aviation re-fuelling capability. For the Maritime component, we visited Navantia in Spain to observe the LHD being constructed in La Coruna, and Eurocoptor, manufacturer of the NH-90, (one of the contenders for AIR9000 Phase Eight -- Future Naval Aviation Capability System, Seahawk/Sea Sprite replacement platform). Whilst the overseas industry visit was undoubtedly the highlight of the academic year and a very enjoyable trip, it is by no means a junket, with students continually assessed for the duration of the trip on their interaction and conduct with industry. Considering the future roles and influence students will have in shaping future capabilities and projects, effective interaction with the private sector is a most essential skill to possess and develop. Post Graduation Once a member graduates from CTMC, they are highly employable as a CTM within Defence. Notwithstanding, completing the course does not commit you to a career exclusively within the DMO or CDG. Whilst the first posting upon graduation will most likely be to one of these areas to consolidate newly acquired skills (and to assist in repaying two years ROSO incurred), graduates are encouraged throughout CTMC to liaise with their respective career managers. This is to ensure student's career plans maintain a balanced path that encompasses a liberal amount of operational logistics, along with CDG and DMO employment to consider single service career progression. The Sales Pitch There is no doubt that CTMC is a year of hard work, and a lot of hours are required in front of the books to get through. Having said that, it was one of the most rewarding years I have had during my modest career to date, and I cannot recommend CTMP highly enough. I again stress the point that a mathematics background is not a prerequisite for this program; an aptitude is. If you are interested, then I suggest that you get on to the DEFWEB and visit the CTMC website. In particular, look at the CTMC Handbook. It should answer a lot of questions about the specifics of the program, however I am also available if there are any further queries you may have (email@example.com). Flag your interest with the Poster at NPCMA as soon as you can; as the Supply Community becomes more aware of this course, it is likely to become very competitive to be selected, especially with only one place per year available. CTMC provides excellent grounding in Project Management and ILS and I truly believe that the more Supply Officers that graduate from this program, the better off the Supply Community and Navy capability will be for it. Intranet website: http://intranet.defence.gov.au/vcdf/sites/CTMC/ Figure 3: Initial Mathematics Exam. Figure 4: Eurocopter NH-90 -- The RAN's Future Aviation Combat Capability? About the Author Lieutenant Matt Ryan (BSc (Math)), MMgtStud (DC&A), CPPM, ctm) commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy in 2003 as a direct entry midshipman. He posted to HMAS TOBRUK as the Assistant Supply Officer in 2004, with subsequent postings as Staff Officer -- Finance in HMAS COONAWARRA, Staff Officer to COMFLOT in FHQ and N1/N4 at the Mine Warfare & Clearance Diving Task Group. Posting as Deputy Supply Officer in HMAS PERTH late 2007, he passed the Supply Charge Board in 2009 and posted as Staff Officer Policy in Directorate of Navy Logistics Requirements & Sustainment. Graduating CTMC in 2010, he deployed as Deputy RAN Liaison Officer in Bahrain before posting to AIR 9000 Phase 8 to work in ILS management with the Future Naval Aviation Combat System, where he aims to consolidate his CTMC studies.