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.
I am heading up a Project on behalf of the VVAA called Operation “Bring Them Home” whereby we are attempting to bring the remaining Veitnam Veterans buried outside of Australia home. Providing their NOK allow us.
Could you please send out the attached letter to all 17 Construction Wksp and any other mailing lists you might have to garner their support.
We are attempting to gain 1 million signatures as we believe that people power is the only way forward, having been knocked back by Ronaldson 12 months ago.
On the 21 Aug 14, I provided an update on the progress of the Corps’ new memoir, “With Skill and Fighting – Craftsmen of the Australian Army 1942-2014”. The key advice from that email was:
- the final version of the Corps History manuscript was ‘with the publishers’;
- the team had undertaken ‘additional proof-reading .. ..to assure the authenticity of some stories’; and
- that proof reading had ‘added delay to the publication schedule by about two months’.