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Australian infantry wearing Small
Box Respirators, from the 45th
Battalion, Australian 4th Division
at Garter Point near Zonnebeke,
Ypres sector, 27 September 1917.
AIR FORCE November 26, 2009
New online security course for all
VARIOUS changes will be made
to the Promotion Board (PB) next
year following a review by the Pro-
motion Cell (within the Directorate
of Personnel -- Air Force) into its
structure and processes.
It is important that all members
understand why these changes have
been made and how it will affect them.
Promote to targets
In 2010, PBs will only be conduct-
ed for those specialisations and mus-
terings that have an approved target.
This is a significant change for the
permanent officer and airmen force,
although the reserves have been oper-
ating under this system for some time.
This change has been prompted by
the forecasting of low promotion tar-
gets as members are electing to remain
in the service for longer periods.
Future opportunities for advance-
ment in some specialisations and mus-
terings will begin to reduce to more
Though a reduction in promotion
targets may seem unattractive at the
personal level Air Force will benefit
from increased experience levels in
positions that require trained and quali-
fied people to perform important tasks.
PB codes or cohorts
The role of a PB is to identify and
promote officers and airmen who have
demonstrated excellence in leadership
and have the depth of experience to
meet the challenges of providing future
In recent years, it has been the
norm for individuals to be awarded a
PB code or cohort.
The PB code or cohort awarded
to individuals who were not promot-
ed provided feedback as to how the
PB perceived the competitiveness of
an individual compared to their peer
Therefore, if a PB is not held for a
particular specialisation or mustering, it
is understood members may have con-
cerns about not receiving PB feedback.
Accordingly, members should be
reassured that PB feedback is for the
member's information only and is
rarely used within the personnel man-
agement arena for posting or position
They should also be mindful that
Which specialisations and
musterings have an allocated tar-
get for 2010.
PAF SQNLDR to WGCDR: ADMIN,
ARM, INTEL, LOG, MED, PHARM, PLT.
PAF FLTLT to SQNLDR: ADMIN,
AERO, ARM, ATC, CHAP, DENT, ED,
ELECTR, ENVH, GRDEF, INTEL,
LOG, MED, OPS, PHARM, SECPOL.
RESERVES SQNLDR to WGCDR:
RESERVES FLTLT to SQNLDR:
ADMIN, LOG, NURS, OPS, PLT.
PAF LAC to CPL: ADATECH, ADG,
ALSFITT, ASOP, SURFIN, CETECH,
CLK, ELECN, FIREFTR, GIA,
MEDASST, MOV, PHOTO, PLANTOP,
PLUMBER, SECPOL, SIGSOP(L),
PAF CPL to SGT: ADATECH,
ALSFITT, ARMAMENT, ASOP,
AVTECH, CETECH, CLK, DENTSPVR,
GIA, GSE, MEDASST, MOV, PTI,
SECPOL, SIGSOP(L), SIGSOP(T),
PAF SGT to FSGT: ADATECH,
ATECH, ALSFITT, ARMAMENT,
ASOP, AVTECH, CETECH, CLK,
GIA, LABTECH, MOV, SECPOL,
SIGSOP(T), SUP, WKSSPVR.
RESERVE LAC to CPL: ABP, CLK,
MOV, MTD, SUP.
RESERVE CPL to SGT: ABP, ATECH,
CLK, MEDASST, SUP.
RESERVE SGT to FSGT: CLK.
PROMOTION to WOFF is the pin-
nacle of the non-commissioned career
stream, which is why future promo-
tion boards for eligible FSGTs (per-
manent and reserves) will be aligned
with those of officer promotion boards
(PBs), in terms of processes and delib-
From 2010, the WOFF PB will be
administered concurrently within the
officer promotion schedule and will be
conducted in Canberra over the period
The WOFF board composition will
comprise four members; a GPCAPT
chairman, WGCDR (specialist) and two
WOFF board members (where possible
one will be a WOFF EXEC), who will
deliberate on each eligible candidate.
In the same format as officers, the
board members for the WOFF PB will
review all relevant reporting history on a
candidate in rank.
Therefore, if an eligible FSGT has
seniority of January 1, 2003, the board
will review all PARs and supplementary
reports from 2003.
This is a significant change as the
airmen boards review a maximum of
three reporting periods only.
The relevant WOFF personnel man-
ager (PM) will present each candidate
and provide a posting synopsis and
answer any potential enquiries from the
Members should not confuse the role
of the PM as that of a board member.
The PM does not participate nor do they
assist the board with their deliberations
as to who is identified for promotion.
FSGTs who are not identified for
promotion will receive the same coding
as used by the officers. The officer PB
codes can be viewed at Air Force People
Central (AFPC) site -- Promotions/
Substantive and Provisional Promotion/
Officer Promotion Boards: http://defweb.
The following WOFF promotion
boards will be conducted in 2010:
PAF: ATECH, ARMAMENT (EOES),
AVTECH, CETECH, GIA, MOV, SECPOL
-- MWDH, SECPOL -- SI, SIGSOP(L),
RESERVES: Nil targets.
More information on the changes to
the PBs in 2010 can be viewed at AFPC
under 'Hot Issues' or by contacting FLTLT
Linda Saunders on (02) 6265 2220;
WOFF Kellie Wood on (02) 6265 2268;
Reaching WOFF, peak of
the award of such codes and cohorts
may depend on the composition of
the PB at the time, due to board mem-
bers changing each year.
The PAR is the tool that is used
to assist personnel managers in their
decision making process.
PARs are not only used for promo-
tion purposes but are used to assist in
the selection of members for various
positions, postings or commissioning
If a member is employed within
a specialisation or mustering that has
not been allocated a target for 2010,
the member is still to receive a PAR
for the reporting period.
within the Directorate
of Personnel -- Air
Force. Front: SGT
Gail Blizzard, left, and
Robinson sort through
PAR paperwork. In the
background, from left:
SGT Janelle Heise,
WOFF Kellie Wood
and SGT Debbie
Photo: LAC Aaron Curran
PROMOTION BOARDS FOR 2010
THE Defence Security Author-
ity (DSA) has introduced a new
online course titled 'Introduction to
Security' that all Defence personnel
A DSA spokesman said aware-
ness of security issues was a vital
aspect of Defence's security regime
and helped to protect our people,
capabilities and resources.
"By completing an aware-
ness program that incorporates the
Introduction to Security course,
Defence personnel and external serv-
ice providers will be aware of their
security responsibilities and will be
able to contribute to a sound security
culture within Defence," the spokes-
The course is available on
Campus or, for those without
Campus access, on the DSA website
More information about DSA
courses, including "Introduction to
Security", can be found on the DSA
site at http://intranet.defence.gov.
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