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Maritime Logistics Community News : Autumn 2013
9 MARITIME LOGISTICS COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER SUMMER 2012/AUTUMN 2013 a current demand of 291, an under bearing of 8 personnel. There are currently 42 personnel in the ML-SC training pipeline, this consists of personnel undertaking recruit training, category training and those SMN-SC working across Australia progressing Part 1 of the Initial ML-SC Competency Task Journal. Separation figures remain steady and consistent with the overall Navy separation rate. Recruiting remains strong and continues to meet the set targets. Recruiting targets have been increased for the next three financial years; this will allow the delivery of 4 Initial ML- SC courses in FY12/13 and 5 courses in both FY13/14 and FY14/15. The increase in recruiting has taken place to avoid a forecast shortage at the LS rank in 2018/2019 and to position the category for the post Project DEMETER category structure. It has been a busy time in DNCM since the last NSN went to print; Category Manager visits to Fleet Base West, Darwin, Cairns, Brisbane and Sydney along with presentations to the Advanced and Intermediate ML-SC courses have allowed me to meet with a large portion of the category, discussing the current and future direction for the Category. I appreciate the open minds, ideas and diverse range of feedback that the ML-SC community has provided. In the office much time has been spent working with the Project DEMETER team to develop the employment profiles and ML-SC category structure that will see us through to 2030, this work will continue in 2013 when the project enters the implementation phase. As part of our association with CILTA, we have been looking at ways to build stronger ties with the CILTA state sections. During the last few months a number of ship tours have been conducted in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. These tours allowed members of the state sections to get a closer look at how we provide logistic support to RAN Major Fleet Units, discuss the primary and secondary roles of ML-SCs at sea and provide a better understanding of the career progression, training and skills that ML-SCs can bring to a civilian employer. Workplace site visits are regularly conducted by most state sections. I encourage CILTA members to take the opportunity to participate in some of these events to broaden their knowledge on current industry practices and maybe bring back some good ideas that could improve our business practices. I would like to thank the Logistic Officers and ML-SCs of HMAS PERTH, BALLARAT and WARRAMUNGA for the support in providing these initial tours. I hope to further expand these opportunities in 2013 by providing tours to the state sections in Hobart, Adelaide and Brisbane during planned ship visits. On a final note, I would like to congratulate SMN-SC Sandra Holden who received the Recruit of the Intake Award for the most outstanding recruit of GE304, well done. Maritime Logistics -- Personnel Operations -- WOML-P Marc Henderson The Maritime Logistics (Personnel Operations) (ML-P) Category continues to be healthy in numbers with a trained workforce (AB-CPO) of 245 personnel to meet a current demand of 217, an overbearing of 27 personnel. Additionally, there are currently 9 personnel in the training pipeline. Demand for ML-Ps in short term positions and operational positions continues and is not expected to reduce anytime soon. During my visits to ships and establishments throughout the year, I witnessed the high regard for which ML-Ps continue to be held. The teamwork and professionalism displayed across all ranks in the category is impressive; particularly in those areas experiencing shortages in personnel and skill sets. Customer focus has always been at the forefront for ML-P sailors and it remains business as usual across all disciplines and regions. Some of the developments DNCM has been working on include the identification of a transition point for SMN-Ps to join the trained workforce, revision of the Initial ML-P Competency Task Journal, ML-Ps in the future (Project DEMETER) and review of the delivery of payroll services at sea. The input provided by junior and senior sailors across all of these topics has been invaluable. With Navy's change to the definition of trained workforce identified the ML-P category doesn't have an identifiable trigger point for SMN to transition. To facilitate this requirement DNCM in consultation with the Supply School is looking to split the Initial ML-P CTJ into two parts. The first part will be focused on those immediate skills SMN can achieve in the shore environment. The second part will remain as the ongoing professional development of AB in preparation for promotion to LS. Maritime Logistics (Chef) -- WOML-C Sean Phelan The Maritime Logistics-Chef (ML-C) Category continues to remain very healthy with recruiting targets continually being met and separation rates falling. Fleet Training Liaison Agency has managed in excess of 40 ML-Cs through training opportunities at sea and this has reflected in higher skill sets being experienced within the shore establishments. Most galleys are experiencing the benefit of additional personnel and it has been great to hear that most are encouraging their staff to undertake further training and where available, the opportunity to work within other areas of the Hospitality Industry. Although the current status of the category is very healthy, I am concerned with the large number of sailors MEC 3 or higher. This equates to 15% of ML-Cs not being deployable which places an additional burden on postings and the sea/shore ratio. When new platforms come on-line and use the additional personnel, this high rate of non-deployable personnel will potentially take its effect. ADFSC completed the delivery of the first Senior Catering Management Course (SCMC) in May and it has been a great success. A Bravo-Zulu to all involved in its development and delivery. The course now delivers the skills and information required to permit Senior Caterers to execute their rolls with confidence enabling us to meet current and future capability requirements. Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate CPO-C Angela Bennett on her selection as the next ML-C Category Manager. She will take up this position in the New Year and I wish her every success. As this is my last post as the Category Manger, I would like to extend my thanks to you all for your support, advice and guidance over the past two years. This position is very dynamic and the success of the Category depends on your constructive advice and comments. I have enjoyed my time as your Category Manager and hope that you all extend the same courtesy and professionalism to Angela you have extended to me. Maritime Logistics -- Steward -- WOML-S David Best The Maritime Logistics -- Steward (ML-S) Category is currently very healthy with 279 sailors servicing 287 positions, with an additional 45 in the training pipeline. The identified numbers, matched with the necessary training continuum, will see the category fulfil the required capability output. The completion of CTJ's at all levels remains important to ensure career progression. Completion of parts within the CTJ should be documented during the goal setting process. CTJ's are an integral part of the career progression for our sailors to ensure they are prepared for the tasks expected of them for now and in the future. Supervisors and assessors are to be proactively involved in the management of a sailor's goal. The Advanced ML-S course continues to progress and is expected to be delivered in the later half of 2013. Thank you to all personnel that have provided input to the course requirements and this should see a course which provides our fellow Steward managers with the appropriate tools to meet desired outcomes. Editor's Footnote: CMDR Craig Opie, RAN has assumed duties as DDNCM -- Maritime Logistics Category Manager as of January 2013.