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PROMOTING MILITARY JUSTICE
June 24, 2010
Navy uniform forum:
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By CAPT Jonathan Mead
The Directorate of Navy
Uniforms (DNU) has recently
received numerous inquiries
regarding uniform changes and
policies. The information below
addresses some of the common
Since the initial rollout 18 months
ago an estimated 14,000 Navy
members have been issued with the
Cadets, Reserves and a small
number of Permanent Navy person-
nel in non-seagoing billets are yet
to be issued with the new uniform.
Additionally, some personnel are
yet to receive their full entitlement
of three sets.
To improve availability, CN
recently approved an extra $24m
over the next four years to purchase
additional DPNU items.
Navy personnel can access
DPNUs through their local clothing
store. Until stocks are replenished
the following issue entitlements
have been approved for Permanent
Point of entry -- three sets.
Personnel posted to sea going
billets -- three sets.
Personnel posted to shore estab-
lishments -- one set.
Permanent Navy members can
now also exchange existing DPNU
items, where they show fair wear
and tear (not including fading).
More information is available on
the DNU intranet site (see below).
Name badges have been a prob-
lematic DPNU item. An improved
ordering process is under devel-
opment (details will be provided
There are currently around 700
unclaimed name badges that have
been returned to DNU. A list of the
unclaimed badges is available on
the DNU intranet page.
Review of uniform items
DNU is undertaking a major review
of all uniform items, with the goal
of rationalising the inventory.
Personnel are invited to have
their say on the DNU's intranet site.
Winter day dress W6, also
known as the 'Schooner Rig',
has been endorsed as an alter-
nate winter uniform for officers.
Berets have been removed
from Navy's uniform inventory.
Berets may continue to be worn
until May 31, 2013.
Bush jackets have been removed
from Navy's uniform inventory,
but may be worn until June 30,
Non-RAN visiting personnel are
generally not authorised to wear
RAN uniform items, except
in the case of some protective
clothing, such as blue coveralls.
Uniform issues addressed
By Ben Wickham
THE most extensive health study
in ADF history was officially
launched on June 15 and Defence
leaders are urging all ADF men and
women to take part.
Known as the Military Health
Outcomes Program, or MilHOP, the
initiative is the product of the Centre
for Military and Veterans' Health
CMVH is a consortium of the
MilHOP health study launched
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health of p
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to the Midd
University of Queensland, the
University of Adelaide and Charles
Darwin University, and is funded by
Defence and Veterans' Affairs.
MilHOP incorporates four dis-
tinct studies and will cost $12 mil-
lion over five years.
The first three concern the
MEAO, looking at personnel who
deployed there between 2001 and
2009, as well as doing pre- and post-
deployment studies of those who will
deploy there during 2010-2011.
The fourth study -- the Health and
Wellbeing Survey -- looks at mental
health issues for all current person-
nel who have not yet deployed to the
Vice Chief of Defence Force,
LTGEN David Hurley, delivered a
firm message to ADF leaders, saying
"you need to encourage your men
and women to respond to this sur-
"To be successful we need at least
55 per cent of the personnel who
are in the ADF to respond," LTGEN
Hurley said. "It's not only those who
have served overseas that we need,
but also those at home who are yet
to deploy, and those who may not
deploy -- we need data from across
the board," LTGEN Hurley said.
ACCESSIBILITY: LCDR Tony Ellis demonstrates the Health and
Wellbeing Survey to VCDF LTGEN David Hurley, MINVADP Alan
Griffin and CPL Alisha Davis.
Photo: Bryan Doherty
MilHOP is the largest health
study in ADF history. It aims to
understand the health and wellbe-
ing needs of current and former
Service personnel, in order to
deliver better healthcare products
To guarantee privacy, information
provided is not stored with per-
sonally identifying details and is
not accessible by the Defence or
Participation is entirely voluntary
and participants may withdraw at
any time. Defence and Veterans'
Affairs will not be notified of your
participation or non-participation.
Service personnel will be con-
tacted by email with directions
on how to complete the Health
and Wellbeing Survey. Please
see the contact information below
if you haven't been contacted.
Participants can choose which
parts of the survey they wish to do.
Because of its importance, CDF
has directed that personnel be
allocated time during normal work
hours to complete the Health and
Phone: 1800 886 567
"It will give us a mental health
prevalence rate. It will allow us to
look at risk factors and protective fac-
tors for mental health issues. It also will
allow us to look at stigma and barriers
to care. Finally, it will allow us to vali-
date and enhance our current mental health
screening processes," COL Hodson said.
The MilHOP studies are due to be com-
pleted by June 30, 2012.
MilHOP fast facts
DNU points of
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