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RIGHT: Chief Petty Officer Communications and Information Systems Dean Russell seen through the
‘big eye’ binoculars on the starboard bridge wing of HMAS Anzac as the ship departs Newcastle for
the Fleet Concentration Period. Photo: ABIS Andrew Dakin
The Directorate of Workforce Modelling, Forecasting and Analysis
(DWMFA) has released figures revealing Navy’s serving members
are totalling more than 14,000 for the first time since 1998.
By Annie Casey
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This milestone was reached in early February this
year, while March figures show a continuing trend
with more than 14,000 Navy members serving.
The Navy’s recruiting trend is continuing
to increase, while separation rates (those
discharging) are the lowest they have been for
March figures show a total of 14,064 – with
Permanent Navy (PN) at 13,384, Continuous Full
Time Service (CFTS) at 500 and Gap Year (GY)
at 180. There are also 4235 personnel in Navy’s
The separation rate is 8.2 per cent, a further 0.4
per cent down since last month’s figures, and three
per cent lower than this time last year. The officer
separation rate is 5.4 per cent and the sailor rate
is 9.0 per cent
Recruitment achievement from Defence Force
Recruiting stands at 89 per cent and Navy is
achieving around 95 per cent of its target.
The Navy’s trained force continues to grow. The PN
Trained Force of 10,166 (not counting CFTS and GY)
is 637 larger than it was 12 months ago.
Director General Navy People Commodore David
Letts said sailors and officers are voting with their
“Navy is the career of choice, so whether it’s
join, stay or rejoin – Navy is meeting the diverse
demands of men and women in the employment
market,” CDRE Letts said.
Navy’s 95 per cent achievement of recruiting
targets included prior service entries and it is a
significant improvement on the previous year’s 68
per cent of target. As for new entrants Navy has
recruited 923 so far this financial year – 170 more
than at the same time last year.
Rejoining members are another element of the
trend with 195 this financial year compared with
last year’s 123 entries.
This significant increase in rejoining members is
testament to the excellent effort by the Rejoin
Case Management Team and Directorate of Naval
Officers’ Postings/ Directorate of Sailors’ Career
Management, in close liaison with Defence Force
There are many factors which account for
the increase in Navy’s numbers, including the
remuneration reform of the Graded Other Ranks
Pay Structure (GORPS) and Graded Officer Pay
At the time GORPS was introduced, Chief of Navy
Vice Admiral Russ Crane said: “Combined with the
increases to salary on promotion and skill grade
advancement, now, more than ever, is a
great time to be in the Navy. The GORPS
reform is an important part of the
competitive employment package
the Navy provides”.
The influence of New
Generation Navy, with its
emphasis on leadership
behaviours, is building
a more modern
organisation into the
future which is also
having a positive
effect on retention.
CDRE Letts, reflecting
on the boost in
numbers, said Navy has a
approach to looking after its people, with a range of
flexible workplace arrangements and support programs in
place, including subsidised housing, the Defence Home
Ownership Assistance Scheme (DHOAS), and free medical
and dental care.
“These are just a few of the considerable financial and
non-financial benefits of Navy service. All contribute to
complete the picture of service in the Navy as being very
appealing for a rewarding and fulfilling career,” CDRE Letts
This increase has many benefits, not the least being it
allows Navy people to be ‘less stretched’ and enjoy a
greater level of individual and group well-being and safety.
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