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extension of our family.
We enjoy making a difference in the
lives of Navy personnel and have been
an integral part of the Defence family
for 20 years.
Now we are looking forward to working
with the Navy for another 20 years,
continuing to be a safe pair of hands
and trusted partner.
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October 25, 2012
SBLT Sarah West
POCIS Sam Sheppard is proud of his
Aboriginal heritage and equally as
proud of his position as the ADF's
Indigenous Recruitment Officer in
"This role, which I took up at the
beginning of the year, has given me
the opportunity to promote two things
that really matter to me: the wellbe-
ing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander people, and the ADF -- which
has given me so many opportunities
over the years," POCIS Sheppard said.
In September, he travelled with
Defence Force Recruiting to Karratha,
in the Pilbara, to carry out fitness and
aptitude testing on candidates hoping
to join the Army Reserve's Pilbara
While in the remote coastal
town, POCIS Sheppard also took
time to meet with local indigenous
groups, such as the Karratha Clontarf
Academy, which uses involvement in
Australian rules football to improve
the education, discipline, self-esteem,
life skills and employment prospects
of young Aboriginal men.
"A career in the ADF can be
very beneficial for youngsters going
through programs like Clontarf, by
opening up a future of possibilities,"
POCIS Sheppard said.
"Likewise, they have a lot to offer
the ADF. They are strong, fit, educated
and disciplined. Many of them would
be an asset to Navy, Army or Air Force."
He said that there was no better
advertisement for Navy careers than
taking a serving member back to the
community they grew up in.
"This is especially pertinent for
indigenous communities where estab-
lishing trust is paramount to deliver-
ing the message," POCIS Sheppard
"You are far more likely to believe
a family member who tells you how
much they love their life in the Navy,
than you are to believe a recruitment
PO Sheppard is establishing a reg-
ister of current serving members who
identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait
Islander in the hope of encouraging
more volunteers to take part in indig-
enous community engagement visits.
"The register will help us iden-
tify indigenous people in the Defence
community who want to go back into
their home towns, to speak about their
lives in the ADF," he said.
Members wishing to add their names to
the register should contact indigenous.
REACHING OUT: POCIS Sam Sheppard with children from the Karratha Clontarf Academy.
THE fifth Strategic Reform Program
(SRP) Change Readiness Survey will
be open for completion online from
Head Strategic Reform
Management AVM Ian Smith said the
survey results would provide the senior
leadership group and his office with
"We will receive insight into how
Defence personnel are responding to
change, which will assist in determin-
ing how reform initiatives are planned
and implemented in the future," he said.
The previous survey, in November
2011, had 3402 responses and pro-
vided a valuable and comprehensive
look into how personnel were respond-
ing to change and their understanding
of the SRP.
"Defence is continuing to use this
feedback to help communicate more
effectively with personnel about the
SRP and its objectives, and what
reform means across the Department,"
AVM Smith said.
The fifth survey will build upon
these results targeting the senior lead-
ership group and selected Defence
personnel from across Australia.
These personnel will receive emails
inviting their participation in the survey.
The confidentiality of the informa-
tion and the anonymity of respondents
will be ensured.
It is important that personnel at all
levels participate in the survey.
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