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March 18, 2010
By Annie Casey
NAVY has more than 14,000 serving
members for the first time since 1998.
These 14,000 include 13,364 perma-
nent Navy, 507 serving on Continuous
Full Time Service and 190 serving in the
Gap Year program.
These pleasing figures are bolstered by
a significant increase in rejoining mem-
bers, and are testament to the excellent
effort by the Rejoin Case Management
Team and DNOP/DSCM staff, in close
liaison with Defence Force Recruiting.
The increase in the number of peo-
ple serving in the Navy obviously has
many benefits and allows our men and
women to be 'less stretched' and enjoy
greater individual and group wellbeing
There are many factors accounting for
the increase in Navy's numbers, including
the remuneration reform of the Graded
Other Ranks Pay Structure (GORPS) and
Graded Officer Pay Structure (GOPS).
When GORPS was introduced in
April last year, the Chief of Navy, VADM
Russ Crane, AO, CSM, RAN said that,
combined with the increases to salary on
promotion and skill grade advancement,
now, more than ever, was a great time to
be in the Navy.
"The GORPS reform is an important
part of the competitive employment pack-
age the Navy provides," VADM Crane
The influence of New Generation
Navy with its emphasis on leadership
and the Signature Behaviours is building
a more contemporary, responsive and
progressive organisation, which is also
having a positive effect on retention.
Director General Navy People CDRE
David Letts said Navy was the career of
"Whether it's to join, stay or rejoin,
Navy is meeting the diverse demands of
men and women in the employment mar-
ket," he said.
"Navy has a progressive, contempo-
rary approach to looking after its peo-
ple with a range of flexible workplace
arrangements and support programs in
place, including subsidised housing, the
Defence Home Ownership Assistance
Scheme and free medical/dental.
"These are just a few of the considera-
ble financial and non-financial benefits of
Navy service. All contribute to complete
the picture of service in the Navy being
As for new entrants, Navy has recruit-
ed 822 people so far this financial year.
This is 158 more than at the same time
Navy's separation rates are also the
lowest they have been for many years.
The current rate is down to 8.6 per cent,
compared with last year's 11 per cent.
Some of our critical categories, particu-
larly the technical trades, are doing very
well indeed. All this contributes to a
Navy with more than 14,000 members
for the first time in 12 years and this is
clearly good news for all of us!
Navy's numbers soar past 14,000
SOARING: Navy has more than 14,000 members for the first time since
1998. Here, the Guard marches past and salutes the reviewing officer during
Ceremonial Divisions at HMAS Cerberus.
Photo: LSIS Nina Nikolin
By CHAP Colin Acton and
LEUT Peter Shirley
KIDS from the Family Educational
Services School for Deaf Children
recently visited HMAS Stuart
(CMDR Andrew Masters) during
her port visit to Karachi, Pakistan.
The children, teachers and staff
were welcomed aboard the ship on
February 26 by an enthusiastic team
of volunteers who cooked a hearty
steel deck BBQ lunch before the kids
broke into groups to move through
four activities that were set up by the
ship's visit team.
The kids were shown the flight
deck and hangar, and later a team of
sailors helped the children make a
decorative key ring out of gun line.
Some of them proved quite adept
with one of the sailors comment-
ing, "it took me hours to learn to do
Lastly, the children were shown
how the 3500-tonne vessel is navi-
gated from the bridge, after which
Stuart's CO, CMDR Masters,
thanked them and their teachers for
"This has been a fantastic oppor-
tunity for Stuart and her crew to
Stuart plays host
to kids in MEAO
engage the local community and
help these children," CMDR Masters
said.He also presented the director of
the school with $780 raised by the
For the team of volunteers, the
visit by the school was one of the
major highlights of the deployment.
ABMT Todd Rourke said he
found the experience to be one of
the most worthwhile things he had
done on the whole deployment.
AWESOME!: POMT Kevin Shadforth
shows Pakistani children the damage con-
trol equipment on board HMAS Stuart.
Photo: POCIS Michael Badger
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