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A key outcome of the changes being delivered by the Navy Human Resources Management Project has been the enhancements to personnel support being delivered through the PERS Effect Review Team.
PERS Effect is “the delivery of personnel outcomes to sustain force readiness, supported by the personnel development, planning, management and policy implementation functions necessary to support strategic goals and Navy’s ability to fight and win at sea”.
This enhanced personnel support has recently been provided to all Minor War Vessels (MWV) through detailed process maps, education packages and defined procedures.
One significant milestone for the PERS Effect Review team has been the nomination and awarding of Australian Operational Service Medal - Border Protection (AOSM-BP) for Navy personnel.
More than 80 nominations have been submitted for current serving MWV sailors, and a further 1700+ submitted for members spanning the Service Categories (SERCATs).
Medal nomination and scheduling was a focus on the recently facilitated PERS Administration Workshop that was held at HMAS Coonawarra, which was developed and delivered by Chief Petty Officer Maritime Personnel Kylie Faulks.
The session was well attended and the information proved valuable to Patrol Boat and establishment staff.
The future delivery of this workshop will be led by the newly formed Maritime Personnel School.
“The education of medal scheduling that was received during the workshop has provided me with the required skills to apply for, and obtain the AOSM for my crew in a timely and efficient manner,” Petty Officer Naval Police Coxswain Ellie Williams from HMAS Albany said.
“Prior to receiving this training, there was a lot of confusion amongst the Patrol Boat community regarding medal scheduling.
“Since the workshop, on Albany alone there has been seven AOSM-BP medals awarded,” she said.
For the Commanding Officer of HMAS Albany, Lieutenant Commander Adam Simeoni, the provision of timely awards has had a positive impact on the crew.
“Being presented with the AOSM-BP medal is a significant milestone and all members should be proud of their service to Australia and its people. This medal displays the sacrifices made by each of you during your time in the North on Patrol Boats,” he said as he presented the medal to members of his ship’s company.
The Australian Operational Service Medal - Border Protection recognises the range of border protection operations conducted since 1997. To qualify, Defence members must have been deployed or force assigned for duty as a member of a declared operation for a period of not less than an aggregate of 30 days.
More information on the AOSM-BP can be found at: https://www.defence.gov.au/Medals/Australian/Since-1975/AOSM-Border-Protection.