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draw to win one of 50 iPods.
The Longitudinal ADF Study
Evaluating Retention, or Project
LASER as it is better known, was
established to find out what influ-
ences members to stay or leave the
It aims to discover the differences
in attitudes, thoughts and feelings of
members towards the ADF before
they join, after their initial training
and then once a year until the end
of their initial minimum period of
By doing this commanders are
able to see how these attitudes,
thoughts and feelings change over
time and what might be done to help
make the ADF an organisation that
people want to stay a part of.
Project LASER is also impor-
tant because it gives very junior sail-
ors the opportunity to indicate the
changes they would like to see made
to the Navy and the ADF.
"It is important that
the factors that
influence 'stay or go'
of sailors in their first
period of service, are
-- CDRE David Letts, HNPAR
The results of Project LASER
will be reported to the Chief of Navy
through Head Navy People and
HNPAR, CDRE David Letts, said
it was important that the factors that
influenced 'stay or go' decisions,
particularly of personnel in their first
period of service, were understood.
"Navy is pursuing a range of ini-
tiatives to encourage continued serv-
ice and we need feedback to ensure
these programs reflect the concerns
and needs of our people," he said
Surveys will be sent out short-
ly and every member who returns
a completed survey in the self
addressed envelope before the clos-
ing date will go into the draw to win
one of 50 16GB Apple iPod nano's.
For information about Project LASER,
receiving your survey and the terms
and conditions for the iPod draw visit
LASER or email retentionresearch.
By Michael Brooke
THE expertise of maintainers of
the Vulcan Phalanx 20mm Close in
Weapons System (CIWS) like ABET
Michael Campion may one day be all
that stands between a RAN warship
and an attacking anti-ship missile.
ABET Campion was one of five
sailors to graduate from the Combat
Systems Management School (CSMS)
who are now qualified to maintain the
CIWS and provide RAN warships with
point defence against anti-ship mis-
ABET Campion was crowned dux
of the CIWS course with a score of
97 per cent and can't wait to put his
skills to good use now that he has been
posted to HMAS Sydney.
He said attaining his CIWS mainte-
nance certificate marked another mile-
stone in his quest for hi-tech skills and
qualifications in the Navy.
"There is such a feeling of pride
Dux puts new
skills to work GRADS: Back (L-R) instructors LSET Matt Harper and POET Dave
Box; middle (L-R) LSET Sam Mortimer and ABET Michael Campion;
front: (L-R) ABET Ty Monro, ABET Aaron Conway and ABET Alex
Photos: ABIS Andrew Dakin
Complete survey to win an iPod
and accomplishment in mastering the
maintenance of the CIWS," he said.
CDRE Support, CDRE Michael van
Balen, presented CIWS maintainer
certificates to the graduates, including
AB Tyrone Munroe, AB Adrian
Mills, AB Aaron Conway and AB
CDRE van Balen told the 80
electronics sailors currently
enrolled at CSMS that they would
soon receive more effective train-
ing through a $600 million Defence
simulation package announced as
part of the 2009 Defence White
CDRE van Balen said Navy
would receive about half the total
budget to acquire computer simu-
lation systems to support train-
ing across all categories, including
electrical and mechanical engi-
neering, in the years to come.
The CIWS course, which spans
seven months, is one of more than
50 equipment application courses
conducted annually by TA LOG
for FFG combat system and plat-
DUX: ABET Michael Campion
FFG Close in Weapons System Course
Sit practical and theory
exams after each module
(13 in total), a mid-term
and a final assessment.
Demonstrate fault finding
techniques utilising the
11G2 simulators and a fully
operational CISW mount.
Complete a gun teardown
Students are required to:
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