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Skills in Reserve
November 11, 2010
By Leonie Gall
A DOZEN young women recently
swapped the books for early morn-
ings and PT as part of a pilot tour
camp showcasing life and careers in
The new Women in Defence pro-
gram gave 13 high school students
across NSW the opportunity to experi-
ence military life hands-on through
base activities in Sydney.
The tour devoted a day to each
Service, with day two devoted to Navy
where the girls enjoyed activities at
Fleet Base East and HMAS Watson
(CAPT Jay Bannister), including
viewing a bridge simulator and subma-
The group also took a tour of
HMAS Parramatta (CMDR Heath
Robertson) where they were treated to
lunch in the junior sailors' cafe.
The other two days were packed
with Army and Air Force activities at
Holsworthy Barracks and RAAF Base
Tour organiser and Defence Force
Recruiting (DFR) Career Counsellor,
Air Force CPL Amelia Stafford, said
the tour offered women who don't
have regular military exposure the
opportunity to visit Defence bases.
"We also wanted to break down
some barriers and misconceived ideas
about what being in the ADF is all
about," CPL Stafford said.
Overall the event was considered
successful and tour questionnaire feed-
back was very positive.
"The girls had a good time -- they
really enjoyed themselves," CPL
"Following their experience, the
girls all said they would definitely put
forward an application for the ADF.
So we've given them a career ambi-
tion to aim for."
The tour camp was mainly organ-
ised and presented by DFR staff from
"We wanted to give them a bal-
anced perspective on the ADF and
the opportunities for women," CPL
"And the results suggest we
achieved that goal."
The tour was quite a unique
experience for the young women,
who were familiar with life in NSW
towns such as Blayney, Bathurst,
Brewarrina, Condobolin and
Canowindra, as well as the Sydney
suburb of Blacktown.
DFR is reviewing the event and
may run another tour in early 2011.
The Women in Defence tour camp
forms part of a broader Women in
Defence initiative, focussed on
increasing the recruitment and reten-
tion of females in the ADF, and the
provision of access to effective equity
A microsite specifically developed for the
recruitment of women in Defence can be
found at www.defencejobs.gov.au/
EYE OPENER: WO Stephen Downey, HMAS Parramatta's SWO, gives
NSW students a tour of the ship as part of a pilot education program,
run by the Parramatta DFR branch.
Photo: ABIS Hayley Clarke
By ABCIS Melanie Schinkel
SKILL grade three CIS sailors who
aspire to specialise in the informa-
tion communication technologies
(ICT) field should strive towards a
posting to the FLTC4SPT Element
Established in June this year at
Fleet Headquarters in Sydney, the
FLTC4SPT Element team is part of
the DMC4EW organisation and com-
prises just four members, however,
plans are underway to develop more
teams in locations such as Perth,
Cairns and Darwin.
FLTC4SPT Element team opera-
tor, ABCIS Nicholas Burgess, said the
team offered junior CIS sailors oppor-
tunities to broaden and share their ICT
knowledge and skills.
"At the moment, ABCIS Eldric
Ngo and I are conducting RH-FIE
training for personnel aboard ships
at Fleet Base East -- we are hoping
to identify which components of the
training are most beneficial to CIS
sailors," ABCIS Burgess said.
"It's great to support fellow CIS
sailors who, in some cases, know
very little about ICT or just need their
Personnel aiming for a future post-
ing to the team should have a keen
interest in networks and bearers and
be willing to deploy on sea rides at
"An average day for me involves
checking and discussing daily signal
traffic from ships that are experienc-
ing ICT problems, as well as research-
ing faults and providing on-site advice
and support to deliver CIS operators
with prompt resolutions," ABCIS
"I'm often burrowing my head
in troubleshooting, drafting SOPs,
investigating ICT issues and liaising
with external authorities to get the job
"It feels great to assist operators
who are struggling with ICT prob-
lems -- that's the best part of my job
because I get to help them understand
through training, which is most impor-
During their 18-month to two-year
posting, FLTC4SPT Element team
members have the opportunity to
complete online courses to become
certified Cisco network technicians;
a qualification that assists when
vying for competitive CIS postings in
Hawaii, Landstuhl or Bahrain.
FLTC4SPT Element Manager,
POCIS Tim Bolch, said sailors posted
to the team would gain valuable
knowledge of the ICT systems used
across all RAN platforms.
"A CIS sailor who returns to sea
after completing a posting in this team
will greatly enhance any unit's ICT
training and maintenance capabili-
ties," POCIS Bolch said.
All requests for FLTC4SPT Element team
support must be submitted via signal to
FLTC4SPT or by contacting either LCDR
Pete De Maskens or CPO Emma Procopis
on (02) 9359 4251.
for CIS sailors
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