WO takes seat on Institute council
A NAVAL Warrant Officer, WO1(AWW) Steve ‘Shady’ Lane, has recently been elected to sit on the Institute for Learning’s (IfL) Advisory Council. The IfL is the professional body for teachers, tutors, trainers and student teachers in the further education (FE) and skills sector, including the Armed Forces.
teachers, keeping an overview of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and conferring the professional status of Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) and Associate Teacher Learning and Skills (ATLS). The IfL Advisory Council distils the voice of members and influences and shapes IfL policy and strategy. WO1 Lane is delighted to
have been elected onto the council and intends to use his position to bring an Armed Forces perspective to the IfL in the hope that both the IfL and Armed Forces can learn from each other.
It is responsible for registering
Busy year ahead for augmentees
THE AUGMENTATION and Crisis Manpower Planning (ACMP) cell is a pan-Naval Personnel Team (NPT) within
NCHQ. Under DNPers
areas; the it delivers
prioritised Naval Service (NS) augmentation manpower, in two distinct
Team, who focus on NS personnel deployed on current UK and multi-national operations, and the Exercise and Events team, who provide augmentee support to a wider range of national, public, military and ceremonial events and RN exercises. In times of national crisis (ie
national industrial action, floods) the ACMP cell will act as the manpower ops room to coordinate NS personnel in support of the UK’s Standing Joint Commander. Additionally, ACMP is
author and custodian of the RN BRIDGE plans, which it
He also hopes to articulate the benefits of IfL membership and encourage individuals in all three Services to join (watch out for further information and ‘road shows’ or CPD events). WO1 Lane said: “Belonging to a professional body such as the IfL has numerous benefits for the individual in the immediate and longer term. “With various funding options available and in-service instructor courses being ‘mapped across’ to gain credits, there has never been a better time to achieve QTLS, which is a legal requirement to teach in the post compulsory sector (the Armed Forces are exempt from this legislation). “For personnel who aspire to teach school children this could be an efficient way of reaching their goal; Government has endorsed proposals for those with QTLS to teach in schools, full details should become available in early 2012. “While not every instructor or trainer aspires to teach on leaving the Service this is an excellent CPD opportunity, while at the same time gaining a desirable civilian qualification.” For further information
or contact WO1(AWW) Lane on FLEET- HRTSG-REQWAR3 or 9380 20839.
coordinate when activated. Hierarchically,
above, and reaches into all other NPTs and career managers to deliver personnel resources in support of FLEET output. To achieve this, ACMP spans the
J1 spectrum, and through working closely with all stakeholders, provides the essential link between all additional manpower requirements and the personnel area in NCHQ. During the peak in 2011,
ACMP was the coordinating office for up to 1,700 NS personnel deployed ashore and afloat in over 30 countries.
Operational Augmentees ACMP is the primary point of contact for all requests by MOD, PJHQ and NCHQ for additional personnel in support of operations.
Most notably over recent time, has been Op Herrick. Currently the NS provides 180 individuals, represented at every rank, rotating every six months and working in all major UK and multinational HQs. For the majority,
will have completed the NMT 104 course (weapon handling – SA80) (two weeks) and Cat 2 pre- deployment training (PDT) prior to deploying. The latter is delivered by the
Royal Navy Pre-Deployment Training and Mounting Centre, located in Jervis Block, HMS
and experienced (SQEP) augmentees. Whilst this engagement always
tries to ensure that assigning policy and appointment warning times are adhered to, there are occasions when individuals are required at short notice to commence PDT and deploy within BR guidelines. Equally the RN will continue
to provide the UK with a unique capability to react quickly to potential trouble spots on a global scale.
This was clearly demonstrated Drafty’s corner
Nelson, which is a fundamental part of the ACMP team. There are a number of
specialist/trade positions that require additional employment training and longer tour durations (seven to 12 months).
Outside of the UK defence
main effort, the NS currently has a further 420 augmentees; these are predominantly in support of core maritime operational tasks. Op Telic has been replaced with a new focus and ACMP coordinate
the 90 (UKMCC) who form part
the UK continued commitment to ensuring a safe and secure maritime shipping environment within the Gulf region. A further 50 individuals support the RN’s ongoing counter-piracy tasks as part of Op Atalanta. A niche but growing area of
ACMP coordination deals with the UK’s appetite for Counter Terrorist and Capability Building training teams.
Small in both size and duration, are
Counter Terrorism Training and Advisory Team) sponsored requiring an extended period of PDT focusing on small team tactics, foreign weapons, evasive driving and increased medical care due to the independent nature and isolated locations (Middle East, Africa).
The complex and enduring
nature of the ACMP role requires continual HQ engagement and liaison throughout the force generation cycle to ensure the timely delivery of suitably qualified
during the Libya crisis where a number of platforms were re-routed and extended, however, there were also over 50 individuals who were surged rapidly. Some were ‘moved’ with less than seven days notice to support the forward NATO HQ in Naples and the 24-hour rear-link ops room in London. It is clear that the RN is a key
contributor to the full spectrum of operations,
diplomacy and wider global events, so ACMP plays a pivotal role.
However, to be able to maintain a professional,
deployable force, every individual and chain of command has a responsibility to ensure two key principles. n
the ACMP flexible and UK political personnel parades.
All will require individuals of the highest calibre to represent the RN in front of a global audience.
In balancing the pull for SQEP resources across Exercises and Events and Operations,
ACMP team work alongside Career Managers/Management Cells and go to great lengths to ensure candidate suitability, including careful consideration of both individual circumstances and the needs of the Service. The exercise (Tier 2+) and high profile events programme constitutes NCHQ planned activity that takes place at roughly the same time each year. Consequently, ACMP are able to forecast forthcoming demand which assists greatly in planning manpower augmentation. An annual Exercise and Event calendar is provided to the WMOs or specific unit manpower coordinators,
manpower requirement as requested by the Sponsor of the activity.
Demands for major Fleet and
NATO exercises are a significant part of augmentation business. However, when compared with
Career managers and front line Units have access to the list of augmentation jobs available through
Volunteers are always preferred to pressed personnel and there are plenty of high priority yet rewarding jobs for every sailor and marine. n
is no excuse for being out of date for annual mandatory tests. It is incumbent on everyone to ensure they attend and can be released in order to maintain these basic standards, such as MATTs (Military Annual Training Tests), APWT, RNFT and BFT.
Exercise & Events ACMP also coordinate the
delivery support of high profile exercises and events. These vary from Joint Warrior – a fundamental building block of front-line maritime capability – through November Ceremonies, Armed Forces Day musters to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and Falklands Anniversary(25, 50 and 60-year anniversaries only)
Operational Augmentation, it is generally delivered over a shorter term – normally two to three weeks at a time – although there are opportunities for longer spells of duty. The ACMP team act as the of manpower
provide support to these; a task that could not be done without the assistance of the WMOs and manpower providers to advertise and find personnel for these popular events. The exercise commitment that
ACMP satisfies each year could give you the chance to exercise your branch skills in a different sphere, in a different HQ or in a different platform – with the added bonus on occasions of visiting somewhere outside UK.
the If you are interested in
supporting any of the exercises, you should contact your employer and subsequently your career manager for further details and to identify yourself as a volunteer. 2012,
dominated by Olympics.
will be the London Planning and preparation of
the RN’s contribution is well under way.
Whilst a number of RN units and platforms have been committed there are still plenty of tasks and opportunities that will require ACMP to draw personnel in from across the Service. The RN is already standing up a number of key positions with the Standing Joint Command located at PJHQ, but, outside formed units, the main commitment will be to support the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games’ venue security force (VSF). The majority of personnel will come from RM (3 Commando Brigade) and the Maritime Reserves but some volunteers are still required. For all, however, prior training will be conducted as well as a bespoke security check, but the task does provide NS personnel the chance to be at the heart of the event.
Long Look 2013 Exercise Long Look also sits within the ACMP portfolio of activity; it is an annual exchange programme managed by the Land Warfare Centre at Warminster. It offers the RN 30 places, 20 of which are in Australia and ten in New Zealand.
Long Look is open to ranks
ranging from LH to WO1 and junior Officers (up to Lt RN). Posts are primarily reciprocal (by both
branch and rate);
however, exceptionally, there are some opportunities for personnel to exchange on a non-reciprocal basis, if clearance can be sought. The exchange process occurs
during the period March-July and is generated by an RNTM released in the preceding September with applications to be complete by November for the exchange the following year.
Summary The ACMP team are involved in the coordination of a wide range of military support across the full spectrum of activity. Many NS personnel can benefit
personally and/or professionally from experiences outside their routine employment. Volunteers are encouraged to exploit all that the Service has to offer. In the first instance, talk to
your Line Manager and then your Career Manager.
Jewish community gathers for poignant parade
AT THE beginning of every January, the Armed Forces Jewish Community
at Amport House (the Armed Forces Chaplaincy Centre) for a community weekend of education, prayer and socialising, writes Lt Cdr Daniel Weil. The typical Jewish Service is
particularly spiritual or a regular synagogue goer. However this weekend of
and learning tends to be really good for the soul – especially for recharging the kosher batteries. The community now has a new
Rabbi, Reuben Livingstone, who is a TA Rabbi and provides support alongside our Civilian Chaplain to the Military. This was his first time as course director and he had put together an interesting guest list and programme. The attendees are an eclectic
prayer, discussions in the main not comes together
weekend starts slowly but builds after each glass of wine at dinner and in the bar. This year we had as guests
bunch. The weekend is aimed at and attended by Service men and women from all three Services and all ranks, retired Service personnel and their families. However there are always
others, often not Jewish, who come along, to give lectures or just to learn about our community. As always the atmosphere of the
the Sabbath dinner. The Armed Forces Chaplaincy Centre makes a real effort to kosher the kitchens and the food is generally very good. The meals also provide the opportunities for further discussions, rekindling friendships and general singing. Friday evening then culminated in a talk by Colonel Rabbi Menachim Sebbag who is the senior Dutch military chaplain
Rabbi Tony Hammond (who is the Reform Judaism Officiating Chaplain to the Military) and a retired American Rear Admiral Rabbi Harold Robinson who is still heavily involved in the US military Jewish system. Friday evening started with Ma’arev (evening service) followed by welcoming in the Shabbat (the seventh day of the week and a day of rest). The services were explanatory in nature with a significant amount of audience participation and a lot of English so that everyone could follow no matter what the standard of an individual’s Hebrew. Following
Shabbat, we had
and particularly good at relating Jewish life with the pragmatics of serving in the Armed Forces. Saturday morning was back in synagogue (or the chapel attached to the original house – beautifully done) with an interesting Torah (Jewish bible) service and a superb sermon from Rabbi Reuben. However the highlight of
the service was a call up for a recently married (mixed faith) Service
receive a blessing from the rabbi. It was really well handled, very moving and emphasised the open and welcoming nature of the community. This year’s Torah portion looked
at the death of Jacob in Egypt and the blessing he gave his sons and the sons of Joseph. Discussion centred on organisational (family in Jacob’s case) squabbles and how we should consider/understand the perspective of the other person in an argument. This is particularly relevant
couple in order to
by a community discussion, lunch and departure. However this year was
special. different and particularly
2nd Battalion, The Rifles – the first Jew to be killed in action since the Falklands War – had paid for a Torah scroll to be restored and presented to the Armed Forces Jewish Community. So
a parade of the Torah into the synagogue in front of his family, our community, the Chaplain General of the Army and General Parker (Commandant General of Paul’s regiment). The service was very simple but
emotional and the General spoke brilliantly about Paul. Once again,
event proved to be an excellent weekend with a great mix of fun,
at this current time as the RN, Army and RAF debate funding, equipment and people and the failure to perhaps understand the other organisation’s point of view. Normally, the Sunday morning is a short optional service, followed
development for everyone in and interested in the Armed Forces Jewish Community. The Jewish Community continues to grow in the Armed Forces and the
British Service men and women, both Jewish and non, continues to improve in the wider civilian Jewish community with outreach
recognition of learning and spiritual this community extremely Sunday morning saw The parents of Lt Paul Mervis,
work being undertaken by Jewish sailors, soldiers and airmen. There are approximately ten
RN personnel who declare their religion as Jewish on JPA. As a percentage of the RN population (likely to be 30,000 in 2020) this equates to 0.0003 per cent. The census calculated (2001) Jewish population of the UK (approximately 260,000) as a percentage of the UK population (approximately 60 million) is 0.004 per cent.
This difference is of an order of magnitude of at least ten times more Jews/person in the UK than those that serve in the RN. Why this is the case is an excellent question. However it is clear that there are a significant number of personnel who consider themselves Jewish (or other religions for that matter) but do not declare it on JPA. Again, why this is the case is open to interpretation and debate, however if you want to change your JPA status or simply want to learn more about Judaism please do not hesitate to get in touch. For more information on the
Armed Forces Jewish Community please contact Lt Cdr Daniel Weil at email@example.com
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