First Navy graduates of Air Force personnel capability course

Published on FLGOFF Lily Lancaster (author)

Location(s): RAAF Base Wagga, NSW

Topic(s): Training

Navy Maritime Human resources Officers Lieutenant Karen Dwyer and Lieutenant Megan Haines graduate from the RAAF Personnel Capability Officer Initial Course. (Images were taken separately due to physical distancing requirements, and stitched together in post-editing) (photo: )
Navy Maritime Human resources Officers Lieutenant Karen Dwyer and Lieutenant Megan Haines graduate from the RAAF Personnel Capability Officer Initial Course. (Images were taken separately due to physical distancing requirements, and stitched together in post-editing)

Birthday celebrations were in order last month when Air Force and Navy together welcomed Navy’s newest specialisation, Maritime Human Resources.

The RAAF School of Administration and Logistics Training (RAAFSALT) hosted two of Navy’s first Maritime Human Resources Officers (MHROs) during the Personnel Capability Officer Initial Course (PCOIC) in February and March.

The twelve students have since graduated from course and returned to their units as newly qualified Personnel Capability Officers.

The two Navy graduates, Lieutenant Karen Dwyer and Lieutenant Megan Haines, immediately commenced development of a similar course that Navy will deliver to their emerging MHRO workforce from July this year.

“I’m so proud to be a graduate of the course,” Lieutenant Dwyer said.

“Not only have Megan and I made history by being the first Navy graduates, we’ve also been able to grow our knowledge of personnel capability and its application across a variety of domains beyond just Navy,” Lieutenant Dwyer said.

“I think that’s extremely important as we continue to move toward greater interoperability with our service brethren.”

The specialisation will be modelled similarly to a Personnel Capability Officer with some distinct differences for Navy’s structure.

“What a great example of a ‘One Defence’ approach to developing personnel capability as we lean into the RAAF’s existing capability to create our own Maritime Human Resources Officer training, with a distinctly maritime flavour,” Lieutenant Dwyer added.

In addition to graduating the very first two MHROs from the course, RAAFSALT continues to work closely with the Directorate of Navy Workforce Management in support of their Human Resource Management Project.

Wing Commander Pam Bradshaw, Commanding Officer of RAAFSALT, is very proud of the unit’s ongoing collaboration with Navy.

“Air Force has for many decades capitalised on a professionalised HR capability that delivers specialist military and personnel capability support.

“We are proud to share that experience and support Navy’s journey to build and enhance their MHRO capability,” she said.