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By LEUT Andrew Herring
AS NEW Generation Navy initiatives assist
former sailors and officers return to the Navy,
one sailor aboard HMAS Anzac (CAPT Peter
Quinn) knows the value of returning home to the
Service after time in civvy street.
When LSBM Dave Ryan joined the Navy in
2004 he had already served five years as a soldier
in Army's 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment,
and had deployed to Somalia for Operation Solace
But, after venturing out into the private sector,
LS Ryan knew he wasn't happy.
"I fit into the Defence lifestyle; the travel, the
camaraderie. I just feel at home," he said.
LS Ryan's family heritage was another factor.
His father was a WOFF in the RAAF and his grand-
father was master-at-arms in HMAS Australia dur-
ing World War II.
"I was born into a Defence family and I've
decided to stay," he said.
LS Ryan weighed up his options when consid-
ering his return to military service and opted for
"You get to travel with Army and RAAF, but the
Navy's travel opportunities are far better."
And on this front, Navy has not disappointed.
LS Ryan has completed two Arabian Gulf
deployments in HMAS Ballarat, experienced life
in the tropics serving with the patrol boats and
recently participated in the Fleet Concentration
Period in HMAS Anzac where his skills and those
of thousands of other Navy and RAAF personnel
"It is hard on my family at times, but they
understand that Dad's a sailor," he said.
LS Ryan is looking forward to joining
Australia's Federation Guard in July for ceremonial
duties and then looking for further opportunities.
"If I am promoted to petty officer, I plan to
remain a boatswains mate, but there are other
opportunities I can follow and becoming a Naval
Police Coxswain is something that interests me."
Whatever happens, LS Ryan plans to remain in
the service for the rest of his working life.
"I'm here to stay."
By Annabelle Haywood
THE New Entry Officers Course
(NEOC) now has the benefit of new
leadership content, developed as part of
New Generation Navy.
Course facilitator LCDR Richard
Adams said Navy now delivered a one-
day module on leadership development
as part of NEOC, based on the work-
shops presented to more senior officers
and similar to those included in all pro-
motion courses for sailors.
"These new modules have been intro-
duced as part of the Leadership and
Ethics Project, part of the NGN pro-
gram," LCDR Adams said.
"The modules conducted for NEOC
involve discussion of different types of
leadership, both positive and negative,
and how these can affect a workplace.
Discussion also concentrates on effective
leadership and the ethical responsibilities
good leaders have."
The new entry officers have embraced
the leadership modules, been involved
in discussion and, most importantly, are
enthusiastic about putting these princi-
ples into place in their own Navy careers.
"We've explored the difficulties of cul-
tural change, and the effect that good,
purposeful leadership can have, and these
people are willing to play their part in the
process," LCDR Adams said.
Course participant LEUT Ashraf
Saleh, who will be a medical officer on
completion of officer training, said the
NGN initiatives make a
HAPPY TO BE BACK: LSBM Dave Ryan
oils the 12.7mm bore machine gun on board
Photo: ABIS Andrew Dakin
NEOC's tuned in to NGN
modules conducted by LCDR Adams
were thought provoking and stimulated
"We all came out of the session
empowered with new knowledge of how
to bring out the best in each other, and
this will be very useful in how we deal
with senior and junior officers and sail-
ors," LEUT Saleh said.
CHANGE OF CURRICULUM: NEOC 41 students undertake NGN training at HMAS
Creswell. NGN is an integral part of the training curriculum accross Navy.
Photo: ABIS Justin Brown
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