Questions asked on military life

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Topic(s): Training, Exercises, Operations, Deployments (Non-Operations), Health, Fitness and Wellbeing

Petty Officer Electronics Technician Submarines Sam Turland with his wife Wendy and daughter Grace after HMAS Waller berths alongside Diamantina Pier at Fleet Base West. (photo: CPOIS Damian Pawlenko)
Petty Officer Electronics Technician Submarines Sam Turland with his wife Wendy and daughter Grace after HMAS Waller berths alongside Diamantina Pier at Fleet Base West.

Navy families have two weeks left to provide feedback about their experiences and views on service life through a Defence Community Organisation initiative aimed at understanding the challenges of life in military families.

The 2017 Australian Defence Force Families Survey focuses on partner employment and support services for Defence families.

Deputy Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral Michael Noonan, said that the range of experiences of families was a significant influence on the careers of Navy members.

“Serving at sea and ashore can place significant demands on Navy people and in turn, those who support them,” Rear Admiral Noonan said.

“I am committed to ensuring available services are of a high standard.”

Defence Community Organisation’s charter is to deliver initiatives to help serving members and their families though every stage of military life.

Recognised interdependent partners and parents of permanent Defence members, including Reserve members on full-time service, plus single parents who are serving full time, single full time members with other dependants and both members of serving full-time couples are encouraged to have their say.

“The Families Survey is an opportunity to share experiences on the support available to the entire Navy family,” Rear Admiral Noonan said.

“I ask that all Navy personnel, including Reservists serving full-time, encourage their families to take advantage of this opportunity.”

The survey closes on 31 March and should take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. The results are expected to be available in mid-2017.

Links to the survey can be found at: http://www.defence.gov.au/dco/ and http://www.dfa.org.au/.