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The initial Workplace Remuneration Arrangement (WRA) pay offer for members of the ADF is 3% increase per annum for
each of the years 2012, 2013, 2014 and will soon be considered by the Defence Force Remuneration Tribunal (DFRT).
DFWA's evaluation of the offer suggests that it would deliver an effective reduction in pay because it:
• would not maintain the current purchasing power of your pay as it falls short of forecast cost of living increases;
• includes no recognition of increases in MQ rent, rations & quarters charges, utilities (gas, water, electricity) and new taxes; and
• does not recognize or recompense for the productivity improvements required from ADF members through the Strategic Reform Program.
The Association acts on your behalf as an intervener to the DFRT and wishes to hear what you have to say about the WRA
offer. Your comments can be sent by email to email@example.com
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September 15, 2011
ONE minute everything is
fine -- the helo has that
steady, constant, even hum.
Then, suddenly, red lights
and horns are going off.
Within seconds the world seems to
disappear as the helicopter ditches into
Your heart is racing as you instinc-
tively go through your ditching drills:
brace, breath, orientate, locate, jetti-
son, clear, relocate, harness, hand-to-
hand, breath out, clear the surface and
inflate life jacket.
It's easy -- provided you have com-
pleted the simulation training.
Escaping from a helicopter that has
ditched into the ocean is a scenario
that Navy personnel never want to
face, but it is one that is necessary to
prepare for in case the worst happens.
Trainees practise correct tech-
niques for escaping in such scenarios
at the Helicopter Underwater Escape
Training (HUET) simulator at HMAS
The simulator mocks up different
types of helicopters and ditches them
into a pool.
The HUET simulator is an example
of the many 'physical' models of Navy
systems used in training.
Navy has been using simulation
in training for decades, but now land-
based training is becoming increasing
'real' as improvements in technology
are leading to the development of more
Some of the most technically
sophisticated simulators in service
include the helicopter full-flight simu-
The S-70B-2 Seahawk simulator is
mounted on a six-axis motion platform
and provides full mission simulation
for the Seahawk crew -- pilot, tactical
coordinator and sensor operator.
Surrounded by a day/night
visual system, the simulator
allows instructors to create and
control complex mission scenar-
ios, on a variety of ships, aircraft
Simulator instructor LCDR
Kyle Langford said many stu-
dents were amazed by the way
the simulators enhanced their
"The feedback I get from the
students speaks volumes about
how beneficial they find the train-
ing simulators," he said.
"The feedback ranges from
'This happened to me last time
I went flying -- I'm glad I got to
practice it in the simulator first',
to 'That was fun, can we do it
Simulation is now at the core
of all aspects of Navy training, even
teamwork and leadership training.
COMTRAIN CDRE Daryl Bates
said as Navy moved toward Force
2030, the Navy Training Force was
embracing new technologies to fur-
ther enhance the effectiveness and
efficiency of the training experience.
Improvements to the fidelity of
the training experience is evidenced
Helicopter Underwater Escape Training is
one of many training systems used to equip
personnel with vital skills.
by the recent upgrade to the Damage
Control Trainer at HMAS Creswell's
School of Survivability and Ship
The dynamic leak-stop-repair train-
ing unit is able to list 10 degrees, rep-
licating sea conditions and allowing
for more realistic combat survivability
training in a safe and controlled envi-
Similarly, the Training Unit
Anzac Ship Support Centre
(TU-ASSC) at HMAS Stirling has
proven to be highly effective in
delivering technical training to ET
and MT sailors.
TU-ASSC boasts a fully func-
tioning Mark 45 five-inch gun,
complete with loader and dummy
ammunition and is used to train ET
sailors in maintenance and operating
The Combat Suite, a mock up
of an Anzac operations room, com-
plete with emulated consoles powered
by complex computer programs, is a
training system which can be inter-
connected for simulated war games.
The simulator can also receive
'real-time' input from nav radar, fire
control director and other sensors to
provide realistic tactical awareness, or
simulated inputs to communicate with
organisations like the US Navy in joint
naval exercises such as Exercise Sea
Modern technologies such as
3D-animated graphics, gaming engines
and touch screens are allowing the
development of simulation systems
that can dramatically reduce the reli-
ance on operational assets for training.
These technologies also increase
the range of training scenarios that can
be delivered without risk to personnel
and ship systems.
"Simulation is now an integral part
of the Navy training process," CDRE
"Harnessing future technologies
will allow us to prolong the life of
our expensive sea and air assets, while
providing increasingly realistic, safe,
challenging and exciting training for
Navy's most important assets -- our
TRAINING KICKS IN: A trainee escapes a 'ditched' helicopter during
Helicopter Underwater Escape Training at HMAS Albatross and, inset,
another is winched to safety.
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