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It is very important that you complete this survey as it
helps the Australian Defence Force better identify people
with speci c skills that can be drawn upon for emergencies,
exercises and deployments.
You will receive a half day pay for preparing and completing
the sur vey and it will also help your Reserve career.
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you have all your paperwork ready licences, degrees and
other quali cations before you start.
If you have any questions about the survey, or any of the
information collected, please email your query and PMKeyS
number to ADO.CivilSkillsData@defence.gov.au
You can complete the survey on your own or a Defence
computer, but you should complete it as soon as you can.
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Skills in Reserve
March 31, 2011
By ABCIS Melanie Schinkel
NAVY personnel are demonstrating
their commitment to fitness by par-
ticipating in two PT sessions a week
and one sports afternoon a month.
The Fitness and Sports Policy,
which was distributed by Fleet
Command last September, has prompt-
ed sailors and officers to engage in
regulated fitness and sports activities
to enhance their overall fitness, team-
work, pride and preparedness.
HMAS Harman's CO, CMDR
Andy Schroder, said Harman's person-
nel were meeting their fitness com-
mitments twice a week come rain or
"The consistent weekly classes and
monthly sports afternoons have begun
to yield positive results," CMDR
"Recently, Harman's command
team faced the challenge of com-
pleting ADFA's Overwater Obstacle
Course. After several weeks of increas-
ingly intense PT classes with the PTIs,
it was a good way to test just how
much our fitness had improved."
Harman's command team will con-
tinue to attend regular PT sessions to
prepare for their next big challenge
-- abseiling and adventure training in
Canberra's Brindabella Ranges.
Fleet Commander RADM Stephen
Gilmore said the Fitness and Sports
Policy was developed to increase fit-
ness levels across the Fleet.
"Research has revealed that peo-
ple who play sports regularly deal
with life's stresses and strains better,"
RADM Gilmore said.
"Sport develops leadership quali-
ties and fosters a team spirit in partici-
pants. Sport is also competitive -- win-
ning or losing a game coaches players
in dealing with success and failure."
He said that all Fleet establishment
personnel and ships' companies along-
side at eight hours or greater notice for
sea were to participate in two manda-
tory PT sessions a week and a monthly
"The fitness program is to com-
prise aerobic and anaerobic exercis-
es designed to interest and challenge
personnel at all levels of fitness. As a
general rule, fitness sessions are to be
conducted inside normal work hours
and should be held at the departmen-
tal level to ensure accountability and
manageability for PT staff.
"Ships at sea are encouraged to
continue the program where possible
cognisant of operational commitments,
training and fatigue management
"I am mindful that productiv-
ity may decrease by the correspond-
ing numbers of hours people spend on
their fitness and playing sport, but this
indicates the importance I place on the
policy. As fitness levels rise and people
improve their health and outlook on
life, I expect their productivity will
A list of the recommended sports
to be played during the monthly sports
afternoons can be found in Annex A of
Fit fleet enhances productivity
"These sports have been chosen
because they are mainstream, enable
large numbers of personnel to partici-
pate, emphasise teamwork and enable
participation regardless of individual
skill levels," RADM Gilmore said.
More information on Fleet Command's
Fitness and Sports Policy is available on
These sports are recom-
mended by Fleet Command's
Fitness and Sports Policy:
Indoor soccer / Futsal
Touch football / AUSTAG
FITNESS FIRST: CPONPC Craig Daniels from HMAS Harman tackles
the overwater obstacle course at ADFA.
Photo: SBLT Samuel Chapman
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