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All Reservists (Active and Specialist) should recently
have received mail asking about your civil skills (formal,
self-claimed, experience) for the Civil Skills Data e-survey.
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.
It's time to complete the Civil Skills Data e-survey
There s still time for you to complete the sur vey. Make sure
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.
Visit www.civilskillsdata.com today
Skills in Reserve
May 12, 2011
TWENTY ADF personnel work
at the International Security
Assistance Force (ISAF)
Headquarters, according to the
Australian ISAF Embed Coordinator
and Assistant to Deputy Director of
ISAF Operations, SQNLDR Steve
"Australians are valued here and are
employed in key operational and planning
positions," SQNLDR Tubby said.
"They work in a variety of roles
including strategic planning, public
affairs, as the head chef of the mess, in
the base gym, economic development,
strategic transition and current opera-
A sailor working at the ISAF HQ gym
is POPT Michael Turner.
"I work with two American physical
training instructors," POPT Turner said.
"We each work a seven-hour shift
every day and I run two fitness classes a
day and about six spin classes a week.
"We have to run sign-up sheets, as
they are very popular and each class is
The gym POPT Turner works in is
"We have weight and abdominal
rooms, a cardio theatre, 30 spin bikes and
throughout the week we run badminton,
volleyball, indoor soccer and touch foot-
ball competitions, and run outside where
we can," POPT Turner said.
"The Australian style of physical
training is highly regarded here because
we tend to offer more variety."
For the 20 embeds it's not all work.
SQNLDR Tubby said they had a uniqu
recreation centre located in the ISAF
compound where they could watch tele
sion, call home, use the internet and ha
"It's called Anzac Cove and we sha
it with the New Zealand military poste
here," he said.
"We have the best set up of most of
the nations because of our small numb
and each week we have a Friday morni
barbecue brunch where each Australian
brings a friend from another country.
"It's a sought-after invitation and th
facility is used for other functions such
The role has been a challenge for
POPT Turner and he's gained a lot of v
uable experience from his time in Kabu
"Navy physical trainers don't get a
of chances to deploy ashore to operatio
environments, so it's good to get off a
ship to do my job," he said.
Behind the scenes in Kabul
POPT Michael Turner from
HMAS Cerberus is serv-
ing with the International
Security Assistance Force
in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Photo: SGT Bill Guthrie
ADF personnel deployed
to Afghanistan are not
just fighting insurgents in
Uruzgan province. They
are also serving in key
positions at the International
Security Assistance Force
HQ in Kabul, assisting with
the planning and running
of the war. SGT Andrew
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