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February 14, 2013
DEFENCE's own social network,
the Defence Alumni Network,
has played a critical role in help-
ing a submariner return to the job
of his dreams.
CPOAWA SM Mike Bell had
been out of the Navy for five
years and was working as an IT
contractor to Defence when he
registered for the DAN in 2011
and began reconnecting with old
mates and colleagues.
The DAN's advanced search
function meant CPOAWA SM
Bell had instant access to many
of the people he had served with
across his 22-year Navy career.
According to CPOAWA SM
Bell, it was these connections and
word-of-mouth on the network
that led to him finding a suitable
position on full-time service in
"The DAN is a real success
story for Defence," CPOAWA
SM Bell said.
"It's fantastic for networking.
I registered and just started con-
necting with friends big time. I
started saying gidday to people
I'd served with.
"It's like a Facebook for
He said the comprehensive re-
entry documentation he found in
the jobs section of the DAN also
helped him return to the Navy.
CPOAWA SM Bell is work-
ing at Submarine Headquarters
in WA in Sub Force Element. His
daily duties involve helping the
ADF take a proactive approach to
"I knew since I was a kid
that I wanted to join the Defence
Force and work in submarines
and when I left, I missed it every
single day," CPOAWA SM Bell
"It was the mateship, the pro-
fessionalism and the camaraderie
of the ADF that I missed and that
was a big hook for me coming
"The Navy has changed since
I left five years ago -- there are
new faces and new ideas -- and
it's been an interesting journey
but one I'm definitely enjoying."
CPOAWA SM Bell said
he couldn't stress enough how
important it was for current and
past ADF personnel to register
for the DAN, especially if they
were looking for a role back in
uniform in either a full-time or
"Reconnecting with people
you've served with is really spe-
cial. There's no faster or easier
way to do that than by getting
onto the DAN," he said.
The DAN is open to current and
former members of the ADF. All you
need are your basic service details
for verification and you're in.
Reuniting with mates
I'M BACK: CPOAWA SM Mike Bell rejoined the Navy after a five-year sabbatical
after reconnecting with mates on the DAN.
Photo: LSIS Nina Fogliani
NEW research into ADF mem-
bers' work-related experiences
and opinions has been launched
The Directorate of Strategic
People Research launched the new
Defence people survey on February
8 and it will remain open to invitees
until February 24.
Those chosen to participate will
receive an email via their DRN
Named YourSay, this research
allows members to share their
opinions about working for
Participation will ensure the
views and those of your workmates
are collectively used by Defence
leadership to make decisions about
YourSay will happen four times
a year and at each time, at least 10
per cent of the Defence workforce
will be randomly selected to par-
This means that during the
course of the year, a large number
of ADF members will have the
opportunity to complete the survey.
If you have any questions or comments
about this research, please email
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