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Craftsman : Craftsman 2011
4 RAEMECRAFTSMANWinter2011 4 Manning shortfalls has been the largest single issue facing the Corps for numerous years. But thanks to the hard work and dedication of the staff at the Army School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (ASEME) the Corps manning is looking extremely positive. Since 2008 trainee numbers have doubled at the school and the throughput is now exiting training. By the end of 2011 all CFN ground-based positions will be filled by soldier-tradesman graduating from the school. To all current and previous ASEME staff well done on your efforts. However, vacancies from LCPL to SGT can only be resolved in the long-term retention of our people. RAEME leadership must keep our people interested, challenged, and motivated to continue to serve and pass on their expertise to the junior members of the Corps. The Corps is currently examining options to reduce training time for specialist equipment courses by recognising previous learning done at ASEME. Doctrine is also being rationalised, streamlined and updated to make it easier to find, read and utilise. Corps members must ensure that lessons learnt from operations and exercises are recorded with the Centre for Army Lessons (CALS) to inform doctrine and future procurement of RAEME specific variants and equipment. It is with great sadness that I write my final Craftsman article as Deputy Head of Corps – Ground. It has been an honour to serve the Corps since January 2009 and the highlight for me has been meeting and talking with members of the Corps during annual unit visits. I would like to thank you all for your ideas, input, feedback and passion for the Corps – Arte Et Marte. messages & reports Deputy Head of Corps (DHOC) – Ground LTCOL Todd Ashurst – DHOC Ground and CO/CI ASEME Wiha ErgoStar Convenient and quick L-keys. A world first! Wiha Electrical 1000V VDE rated tools including a complete range of screwdrivers and pliers. Wiha Specialist Pliers From ESD to Circlip pliers. The full range. Wiha SlimTechnology The patented innovation for VDE fastening tools. Professional quality. Made in Germany. PROUDLY DISTRIBUTED BY www.eccopacific.com.au Tel: 1300 388 436 Wiha Professional A complete range of non-VDE screwdrivers and pliers. Wiha MicroFinish The specialist for wet and oily applications . Wiha PocketStar Press one button for the correct key. Wiha Stubby The handy little screwdriver that fits in your pocket!