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All Reservists (Active and Specialist) should recently
have received mail asking about your civil skills (formal,
self-claimed, experience) for the Civil Skills Data e-survey.
It is very important that you complete this survey as it
helps the Australian Defence Force better identify people
with speci c skills that can be drawn upon for emergencies,
exercises and deployments.
You will receive a half day pay for preparing and completing
the sur vey and it will also help your Reserve career.
It's time to complete the Civil Skills Data e-survey
There s still time for you to complete the survey. Make sure
you have all your paperwork ready licences, degrees and
other quali cations before you start.
If you have any questions about the survey, or any of the
information collected, please email your query and PMKeyS
number to ADO.CivilSkillsData@defence.gov.au
You can complete the survey on your own or a Defence
computer, but you should complete it as soon as you can.
Visit www.civilskillsdata.com today
Skills in Reserve
September 29, 2011
SQNLDR Samantha Freebairn
AIR Force female officer cadets got an
invaluable opportunity to meet female
aircrew when they attended an Air Force
'Flying Females' breakfast at the Aus-
tralian Defence Force Academy on Au-
The Flying Females concept was
originally a recruiting strategy planned
to introduce young women to the many
benefits of a flying career in the ADF.
However, Air Force has developed
the concept further and now it is part
of a number of initiatives designed to
broaden the pool of high calibre air-
crew, provide role models for trainees,
and to enhance Air Force's standing
as an inclusive employer and organi-
sational leader in cultural and gender
Third year ADFA cadet OFFCDT
Nikki Allen, who attended the break-
fast, said: "I found it very useful as I
have never spoken to female aircrew
She aims to become an air combat
officer on Super Hornets.
WGCDR Dee Gibbon from the
Directorate of Workforce Flexibility
and Diversity said that Air Force's tra-
ditional pool of recruiting candidates,
17-18 year old males, will shrink dra-
matically over the next few decades.
"If we don't act now to start attract-
ing and retaining members from differ-
ent demographics, we are really going
to struggle to fill all Air Force positions
in future," she said.
"Other organisations are already
WARRANT Officer of the Air
Force JJ Millar is encouraging
all permanent and reserve
personnel with operational
leadership experience to con-
tribute to the April 2012 issue
of the ADF Journal.
It may win them $250 or
The theme of that edi-
tion of the official journal of
the profession of arms in
Australia is 'the junior ADF
leadership experience over
the past 20 years'.
"It should be an extremely
interesting issue and one of
considerable benefit to cur-
rent and future members of
the ADF," WOFF Millar said.
Contributions should be
about 1200 words and writ-
ten as the author's personal
recollection of one or more
ADF operational deployments.
They should be about the
operational experiences of
ADF leaders across all ranks
The best article from each
service will be awarded $250,
with another $500 for the
best overall article.
Contributions should be
submitted by email to
au by mid January 2012.
Let's raise a toast ADF Journal
to ADFA cadet
at the Flying
Photo: FSGT John
implementing initiatives to increase
their diversity, in preparation for the
future shortfall of employees."
She said that while Air Force is cur-
rently targeting aircrew in the initial
stages, there are plans to roll out simi-
lar initiatives across other employment
areas such as the technical trades and
Director of Personnel-Air Force
GPCAPT Geoff Harland welcomed the
women to the breakfast and noted the
benefits of building these types of net-
works across the Air Force.
He looks forward to the day when
high levels of female participation
across all specialisations and muster-
ings are the norm.
"We have certainly come a long
way, but there is still more work to do
be done. Fortunately we have clear stra-
tegic intent as well as a team of highly
motivated staff dedicated to growing a
more diverse workforce," he said.
The establishment of such a net-
work within the female aircrew com-
munity is seen as a critical link between
women joining the Air Force, being
successful throughout their training and
then staying in the service long-term.
Anyone with suggestions or feedback
about how to improve gender diversity
in Air Force should email suggestions to
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