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A snapshot from the February 2017 YourSay Reserves survey

Thank you to everyone who participated in the February 2017 YourSay Reserves survey. A total of 7770 ADF Reserve members responded and in doing so, these participants provided comprehensive insights into the views of Reserve service which will inform workforce reform, people policies, programs and services for the benefit of all ADF members.

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Formation of 9th Regiment Royal Australian Artillery

Chief of Army, Lieutenant General AJ Campbell DSC, AM has approved the raising of a new Artillery Regimental Headquarters to command the 2nd/10th, 3rd, 5th/llth, 6th/13th' 7th and 23rd Light Batteries.

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Dominion Yachtsmen Scheme

On Thursday, 4 May, a plaque dedication ceremony was held at the Australian War Memorial to honour the little known Dominion Yachtsmen Scheme. They volunteered for duty in the darkest days of 1940 when the Admiralty called on the Dominions for men to serve in the Royal Navy. The plaque dedicated at the Australian War Memorial is a significant step in telling their story, a small band of men from Australia who did us and their service proud, and of whom we are proud.

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Cadet, Reserve and Employer Support Division

Updates on current items of Reserve interest. These are the Defence Home Ownership Assistance Scheme, the proposed amendments to the Defence Reserve Service Protection Act, the Tasman Scheme, ForceNet, and the restructure of Cadet Reserve and Employer Division (CRESD).

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Project Suakin – Delivering the ADF Total Workforce Model

The ADF is confronted by the reality of the nation’s demographics; we face a significant challenge in attracting and retaining the people we need to deliver the capability the ADF needs to provide now and into the future.

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Army Reserve Recruiting and Retention

The Reserve is critical to Army’s ability to sustain its current ADF operational commitments as well as its ability to undertake and sustain new ones. As a matter of routine it provides soldiers to most of the ADF’s operations, and plays a major ongoing role in Operation Resolute - ADF’s support to Australia’s border protection.

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Air Force Personnel to 2030

Air Force, like other elements of Defence, faces a range of challenges in meeting the people element of future operational capability. We are undertaking the largest technological upgrade in our history, and we cannot use the model of the past as the model for the future.

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Minister Responds to DRA on Reservists who Served in the Solomon Islands eligibility for NLHC

The Hon Dan Tehan MP, Minister for Veteran Affairs & Minister for Defence Personnel, responds on 14 April 2017 to MAJGEN Barry of the Defence Reserves Association regarding the eligibility of Reservists who had served in the Solomon Islands for Non-Liability Health Care (NLHC).

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DRA's Report to the DRSC National Meeting 5 May 2017

DRA President MAJGEN Paul Irving's report to the May 2017 meeting of the Defence Reserves Support Council (DRSC)

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Outcomes of the Female Veterans and Families Forum 5 - 6 December 2016

Karen Peel, Director, Defence Engagement Section, VCR Transformation Implementation Branch, Department of Veterans’ Affairs writes to Participants and Supporters regarding the outcomes of the Female Veterans and Families Forum 5-6 December 2016.

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The Australian Reservist - Issue 27

This issue contains: Army Reserve Innovation - LTCOL John Molnar, Training the Millennials - CPL Tim Scully, Reservists Lead Creation of On-Line News Programme - SQNLDR Deanna Nott, An Anaesthetist on Active Service - CAPT James Hook, The Community of Veterans - COL Marcus Fielding, The Effects of Economic Rationalism on the Reserve - SQNLDR Alan Lyons, VALE Lieutentant Colonel Edward Lynes, and selected presentations from the 2016 DRA National Conference.

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Challenges, Opportunities - The Opposition View

I think at the heart of national security is a willingness to make difficult decisions. At the heart of national security and in terms of the way we...

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Supporting Australia’s Veteran and Ex-service Communities

Today I would like to affirm to you the ongoing commitment of the Government to support Australia’s veteran and ex-service communities, and their families. The Government places great importance on ensuring that...

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Optimal use of the Naval Reserve as part of the total Navy

The organisers of the 2016 DRA Conference invited the Chief of Navy to address the conference on how Navy intends to maximise the use of the RAN Reserve as part of an integrated total Navy, noting that the 2016 Defence White Paper.....

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Reserve Transformation

The Army of Today.  Today’s Army is undergoing a significant period of modernisation guided by the principles established under Plan BEERSHEBA. Throughout this journey the Army has made the transition to an integrated force, one in which capability is the focus not the pathway to develop and deliver that capability, be it full time or part time.

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Naval Reserve Roots & Branch Review

Deputy Chief of Navy RADM Mike Van Balen has initiated a comprehensive review of the structure, size, roles and management of the Royal Australian Naval Reserve.

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Naval Reserve “Roots and Branch” Review 2015–16

CAPT Joe Lukaitis, RFD, RANR comments on the "Roots and Branch" Review.  Joe is a Maritime Warfare Officer and National Vice President Navy of the Defence Reserves Association. During 2006 – 2010 he was Director Naval Reserve Capability in Navy Strategic Command.

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Working With The NZDF Chaplaincy Team

Tasman Scheme Experience - CPL Natalie Eagles (RAAFAR)

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Remembering Them

A new free App and website - "Remembering Them" now offers a comprehensive record
of Australia’s war heritage sites available to all Australians at the click of a button.

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DRSC Supportive Employer Program

This is a National initiative being run out of Canberra by DRSC and Head Cadets Reserves & Employer Support Division. The following link provides information on the Supportive Employer Programme:

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National Boer War Memorial

The first bronze statue is on its way to Canberra and the construction of the second statue now in progress.  View an interview with the sculptor.

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Remembering Them

A new free App and website - "Remembering Them" now offers a comprehensive record
of Australia’s war heritage sites available to all Australians at the click of a button.

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Sponsors

You can sponsor the DRA in many forms: financially or through "in kind" services.  For sponsorship enquiries use the Contact Form here and select "Sponsor the DRA" as the nature of the enquiry.

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Big Sky Publishing is an Australian owned, independent publisher specialising in producing high quality non-fiction books in areas including Military History, History and Autobiographies by Australian authors.    They have an extensive Australian Military History book catalogue and also have published a number of books produced by the Australian Army History Unit. Big Sky Publishing support the DRA with a book prizes for articles published in the DRA journal which have a historical theme.

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Ontime Publications publish a number of magazines and journals for various organisations including a number of Defence Associations.  They support the DRA by publishing the DRA Journal - "The Australian Reservist" which is produced biannually.  The  generation of advertising revenue offsets the cost of printing an enables the DRA to produce a high quality magazine.

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Professional Association Management Services - PAMS for short, is proud to sponsor and manage the DRA's website.  PAMS works with not for profit associations, providing association management services.  These include: administration, bookkeeping, communications, compliance, governance, graphics design, marketing, member management and technology support.  For more information visit our website or call 03 9895 4495.

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The Pratt Foundation supported the Defence Reserves Association with a generous grant to enable the establishment of the DRA's original online presence.

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Telstra generously provided a grant to develop the Defence Reserves Association's original website.

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