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Maritime Logistics Community News : Summer 2011
14 NAVY SUPPLY NEWSLETTER SUMMER 2011 BY CMDR GRAHAME FALLS, RAN The aim of the project is to define and establish the Navy’s Supply workforce requirement out to 2030, within the forecast workforce guidance and forecast introduction of new capabilities, platforms and operational requirements. The naming conventions for the Supply Community and Categories are being considered as part of the broader functional analysis with most of the Supply sailors participating in the recent Category name change survey. The results of the survey will be incorporated with other aspects during the review process and the final decision on Category names are expected to be advised at the completion on the project in mid 2012. In the coming months a significant amount of consultation will occur within the Supply Community, the wider Navy, and other key stakeholders regarding the future capability and operational requirements and roles for specialist Supply personnel both at sea and ashore. Your valued input during this process will be vital to the success of the project noting there is currently only a small part time project team led by CAPT Greg Yorke and LEUT Amy Blacker, with support by the DDNCM staff. As we look to shaping our future workforce requirements, it is very pleasing to have such a healthy Supply Community with very positive numbers across each of the Primary Qualifications and Categories. There are currently 219 Supply Officers (SOs) to meet the demand of 203 positions, with a further 44 in the training pipeline. Although there is constant interest in becoming a SO through recruiting and service transfers, with the low wastage rate of 4.2%, we have reduced the entry targets to eight per year in order to balance the supply verse demand by FY 16/17. This will maintain one application course per year with the capacity for a second in future years. Over recent months, a proposal to post four junior SOs to submarines has gained momentum with a brief currently being staffed to Chief of Navy to see a trial commencing in 2012. The career continuum would be similar to the HS SO, however, the SOs would initially qualify as a submariner before their 18 month posting to a boat. If approved, this initiative should provide a very rewarding and challenging career option and greatly benefit Navy with the current and future sustainment of submarines. The Supply Warrant Officer Category Managers have travelled to most locations over the past few months and the attitude and enthusiasm of our sailors is very encouraging. These visits and your constructive feedback greatly assist with progressing a number of issues affecting the health, employment and management of the Supply Community. Officer Steward (STD) – WOSTD David Best The STD Category is currently very healthy with 283 sailors servicing 288 positions, with an additional 61 in the training pipeline. The identified numbers, matched with the necessary training continuum, will see the category fulfil the required capability output. The Initial and Senior Sailor Competency Task Journals (CTJ’s) are currently being revised to ensure our sailors are assessed as competent in the required fields of employment. It is imperative that all CTJ’s are completed in a timely manner and the documentation is sent to the Competency Management Cell (CMC) to ensure appropriate PMKeyS action occurs. Completion of parts within the CTJ should be documented during the goal setting process. The Advance STD Course is currently being rewritten to ensure it achieves the training requirement expected of our Senior Sailors. DNCM is working closely with Training Services Faculty (TSF), Fleet and other SMEs to create the desired outcome for the course. Cook (CK) – WOCK Sean Phelan The CK Category is very healthy with every sea position filled and most Galleys experiencing additional personnel. Currently we have 412 sailors servicing 364 positions, with an additional 91 currently in the training pipeline. CTJs are still creating some issues with paperwork not raised in a timely manner or not completed correctly. It is imperative that all Senior Sailors remain vigilant regarding this issue and ensure their training programs accurately reflect CTJ progression targets. Additionally, task completion should be documented in the goal setting process. TSF and DNCM are currently working through the course content for the Senior Catering Management Course and the first candidates will be notified in early 2012 for this new and exciting course. This course will deliver the training to equip new Senior Sailors with the ability to manage their positions at sea with more confidence and understanding of their shipboard requirements. Stores Naval (SN) – WOSN Greg Hetzel The SN Category is very healthy with a trained workforce of 284 personnel to meet a current demand of 295, with an additional 38 currently in the training pipeline. There is a lot of work going on in the SN Category: the SNSM pay case is complete and awaiting to go to the DFRT board; and the SAO Board is currently with DNEC to ensure we meet all the requirements of the GORPS pay case. Once it has been approved, the SAO Board will be introduced into the SN Training Continuum. Also, the SAO Workshop has been developed for all Skill Grade 5 SN Sailors posted to a SAO position for the DDNCM – Supply Category Management One of the major initiatives in shaping our future from a personnel capability perspective is the Supply Community Review, or Project DEMETER.