As many of you would be aware, the Directorate of Indigenous Affairs (DIA) runs a number of pathway programs which seek to increase Indigenous participation in the ADF. DIA will be running one of its flagship pathway programs, the Indigenous Pre-recruitment Course (IPRC), from HMAS Cerberus over the period 16 Feb to 27 Mar 2015. The IPRC is a six week course aimed at providing young Indigenous adult candidates with the appropriate skills, knowledge and qualifications to compete for, and win, full time service in the ADF. The intent of the IPRC is to rectify participants’ identified skill deficiencies. The IPRC is tri-service in nature.
The course is staffed by ADF members from all three Services and provides an incremental build-up in military discipline and environment to prepare participants for initial training at RecruitSchool. While on the course participants are given exposure to: Leadership and character development; ADF culture and values, Physical training, including combat PT, Language, literacy and numeracy training (provided by an external provider), a field phase; and Defence Force Recruiting (DFR) preparation lessons and joint briefings. The IPRC closely models the military experiences and values the participants will encounter on the three Services recruit courses as well as further developing their language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) skills through their participation in the TAFE South Western Sydney Institute’s adult based education (ABE) lessons delivered during the IPRC. The course also places significant focus on sharing culture; both Indigenous and ADF.
DIA relies totally on ADF volunteers, both permanent and reserve to staff these important courses. Expressions of interest are sought from suitable personnel to staff several courses in 2015, the first commencing on 16 February 2015. DIA is seeking military staff who a willing to act as Instructors and Mentors to the participants on this intensive six week course. We would particularly appreciate the assistance and support of current Indigenous serving members who would be willing to participate.
If you are interested in this important work please contact me or MAJ Stuart Ralph (Program Manager) ASAP.
Would you please distribute this request to your staff, colleagues and networks.
Warrant Officer Mike Hinton
Directorate of Indigenous Affairs
People Strategy and Culture Branch
Department of Defence
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