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CSD reporting now extended to all uniformed members - permanent
and reserve. (CDF Directive 18/2012 provides policy guidance re use
The new aspect of CSD is that ‘self-claimed’ skills and experience can
be recorded (ie not only formal qualifications) so your hobbies/skills
or language skills can now be included (if potentially of use to the
ADF eg carpentr y).
- Self-claimed skills (a wide range of skills are listed from which
- Self-claimed language skills (languages acquired without
- Professional Registrations and Licences
- Membership of Professional Organisations
- Civil Education Qualifications
- Civilian Employment Details/History (reservists and regulars)
Access CSD data via PMKeyS (usual authorisations required)
Skills in Defence
For more information: go to DGRES-AF website, CSD section.
For questions or help: email the CSD helpline (include your PMKeyS number): ADO.CivilSkillsData@defence.gov. au
The purpose of Civil Skills Data (CSD) is to improve visibility of the full range of member skills and experience, so as to increase
opportunities for both the ADF and the individual.
June 6, 2013 www.defence.gov.au/news/NAVYNEWS
LEUT Peggy Kulmala, RCN
A RAN officer has proven herself during her
embed in USS Ponce.
LEUT Alex Buchanan was on board the
Austin-class amphibious transport dock
in the Arabian Gulf for the second annu-
al International Mine Counter Measures
Exercise (IMCMEX) from May 6-22 .
She coordinated the transfer of essential
materials and personnel by air and sea for
Task Force 522.
This involved 2000 participants speaking
more than 10 different languages, most of
who were flying and sailing within an oper-
ating area spanning more than 200 nautical
Deputy Commander Task Force 522
CAPT Andrew Elvin, of the Royal Navy, said
LEUT Buchanan’s contribution was valued.
“LEUT Buchanan quickly embedded her-
self in the multinational staff on board Ponce
and immediately started to coordinate and
deliver logistic support to the 16 ships, 10
dive teams and nine unmanned underwater
vehicle teams from 20 nations,” he said.
“LEUT Buchanan is a credit to the RAN
and her country.”
In a recent interview with an Arabian
Gulf regional media outlet, LEUT Buchanan
said she was proud to be a woman in the
“I am a girly-girl. I even have pink pens
and stationery,” she said, pulling out a pink
pen with a flourish.
“But I get the job done.”
She said gender was not part of her mili-
tary life, which was an opinion shared by
“The desire to serve one’s country and
the ability to make a significant contribution
is not based on gender or ethnicity,” CAPT
“In fact, the strength of any country’s
armed forces depends on the diversity of its
Joining Navy in 2006 as a maritime logis-
tics officer, LEUT Buchanan has spent four
of her seven years ashore at ADFA and more
than two years posted to a variety of seago-
She currently serves with the Australian
Mine Warfare and Clearance Diving Task
Group in Sydney.
The remainder of the year will continue to
provide challenges and opportunities for the
newly married lieutenant.
This month she will deploy in sup-
port of amphibious operations training in
She will then go to the US to embed
with another USN ship and sail back to
Queensland for Exercise Talisman Sabre in
July before heading off to Solomon Islands
in November for Operation Render Safe
a mission to find, identify and render safe
WWII munitions in the South Pacific.
“My schedule for 2013 is not for the
faint-hearted,” LEUT Buchanan said. “But
it’s all in a day’s work for this girly-girl.”
Navy’s contribution to IMCMEX 2013
consisted of HMAS Toowoomba and four
staff officers in Ponce.
As the largest exercise of its kind in the
region, IMCMEX 13 engaged in a wide spec-
trum of defensive operations designed to pro-
tect international commerce and trade, mine
countermeasures, maritime security opera-
tions and maritime infrastructure.
See pages 14-15 for more on Toowoomba and
Lieutenant’s proud role
NEW CHALLENGE: LEUT Alex Buchanan proudly shows her pink pen in the joint operations room
in USS Ponce.
Photo: LEUT Peggy Kulmala
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