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by Barry Rollings
THE ADF Reserves have received
a ringing endorsement from the
CDF ACM Angus Houston.
He told the Strategic Reform
Program media roundtable at Russell
Offices on April 16, that: "Reserves
are a vital part of our ADF and I
can't speak highly enough of them."
ACM Houston said that morale
was "sky high" among reservists
serving in Solomon Islands, whom
he had spoken to, and added that
that was also the case with a number
of Reservists who came out of the
Special Operations Task Group in
the Middle East. Reserves were
being used increasingly on opera-
tions, which had been very well
received in the Reserve force.
"Reserves are an integral part of
the ADF," he said.
"The men and women of the
Reserves provide a very important
Reports that Reserve training
days were being cut because of the
Strategic Reform Program were not
"Reserves pay has increased
over the past three financial years
to better align with that of the regu-
lar forces. Previous increases in the
use of Reservists have been accom-
modated within the overall military
"However, due to our strong full
time ADF recruiting and retention
results in recent times, our ability to
supplement Reserve salaries from
within the overall military workforce
budget has diminished. This has
required the Services to prioritise
Reserve training salaries to ensure
that the Reserve continues to meet
its operational commitments and
critical training requirements.
"In some cases, because of this
need to prioritise salaries for an
increased number of Reservists, it
has reduced the days available for
discretionary training. I can confirm
that all of the Services are continu-
ing to allocate their respective man-
dated minimum number of days to
Active Reserve members.
"Active Reserve members of
the Navy and Army are required to
complete 20 days service a year to
keep them current. The minimum
number of days Air Force Reservists
are required to complete is based
on the position of posting. There is
no impact on the preparedness of
"If Reservists are identified to
deploy on operations they must
complete pre-deployment training
and certification to ensure they are
sufficiently trained and prepared to
deploy on operations, as is the case
with our Regular forces."
Under the SRP there would be
reforms that would result in a more
mission-focused Reserve force,
ACM Houston said.
"It will also see a greater transfer
of knowledge between our perma-
nent and Reserve forces," he said.
"The SRP is implementing a reform
agenda for Reserves that will reduce
costs, create efficiencies in initial
training and more effectively utilise
the High Readiness Reserve.
"The Army Reserve - because of
its size - will undertake the majority
of the reform under the SRP. Savings
will be achieved through efficiency
reforms, not cut backs.
"Running in parallel to these
SRP reforms are separate structure
reviews being conducted by the
Services. Army's Force Structure
Review is examining its internal mix
of full-time and part-time capabili-
"This review is known as
Rebalancing Army. It seeks to
increase the capability of the Army
Reserve. The Rebalancing Army
changes are not related to the SRP
savings targets. The changes are hap-
pening in parallel and are designed
to achieve the Defence White Paper
direction on increasing the utility of
Reserves still key force
component --- CDF
By Barry Rollings
CDF ACM Angus Houston will watch the
Strategic Reform Program (SRP) closely to
ensure it does not have a negative impact on
Defence's capabilities and its ability to deliver
what the Government requires.
ACM Houston and Defence Secretary Ian Watt
held an SRP media roundtable at Russell Offices
in Canberra on April 16.
"We have a hard-earned reputation for excel-
lence on operations and it is not one that I'm about
to let slip," ACM Houston said.
"Our people are first-class and deserve to be
supported in the best possible way.
"I'm very satisfied that we have developed a
robust and comprehensive performance-monitoring
system which has a very strong emphasis not only
on ensuring the reforms have been implemented
but capability is not being adversely affected.
"The cultural dimension of the SRP is, of
course, the key to its success. We have a number of
organisational change programs running, such as
New Generation Navy, which are all complemen-
tary programs to the goals of the SRP."
Under the SRP, Defence must save $20 billion
over the next 10 years to reinvest in capability.
ACM Houston said if Defence did not reform
the organisation through the SRP, it would not be
able to deliver on the Force 30 plan identified in
the Defence White Paper to build up the military
capabilities needed for national security in the
"We know it's going to be hard, which is why
we need to make everything we do count -- every
minute of our time, every dollar we spend and
every round we fire. That is the reality of this pro-
gram," he said.
"Force 2030 is a more capable, muscular and
hard-hitting Defence Force ... a truly joint force
which can excel on joint operations, inter-agency
operations and make meaningful contributions to
He said many of the SRP reforms -- in which
there were more than 300 separate initiatives -- had
a direct link with Force 2030, including strategic
planning, capability development and procurement
reforms to ensure Defence acquired the compo-
nents of Force 2030 in a way that was as efficient
and as effective as possible.
"The cost reduction is important, indeed it is
critical, but the cost reduction has to be reform-led
which means fundamental change to the way we
do business," ACM Houston said.
He was impressed with the commitment to the
"I've been around here for a long time, I've
never seen a more orderly and planned approach to
doing business than the way we have approached
this reform," he said.
"The Defence Budget Audit, which was con-
ducted over about nine months, finished early last
year. Since then we've been analysing the whole
reform program and we've invested money upfront
and we have an implementation plan that covers
the 10 years. I think it's comprehensive, complete
and in marked contrast to some of the reform
projects we had in the past."
Chief opts for nil
SRP impact on ops
THE KEY CHANGES
Some of the key initiatives Defence will
introduce under the SRP include:
Cut waste, reform culture, boost efficiency
to achieve $20 billion in savings over a
Greater use of Defence Travel Card, more
use of restricted airfares, better use of
accommodation and services contract.
Greater centralised shared services in
Defence, converting around 700 contractor
positions -- such as those within informa-
tion technology - to APS jobs (245 already
Civilianising' 500-600 uniform military sup-
port positions between 2010 and 2014.
More use of video conferencing.
Some civilian job cuts but with a view
to redeployment and retraining of those
Reduction of personal staff for Defence
Chiefs. Already instigated.
CDF, ACM Angus Houston
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