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Senior Reserve officers discuss Army future

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Friday October 10, 1995


Senior Army Reserve officers from around Australia will meet at Amberley RAAF base this weekend (October 7 and 8) to provide input into a major review looking at the Army in the 21st Century

About 60 officers ranging from lieutenant colonel to major general will attend the seminar.

The Army into the 21st Century Review (known as "A21") aims at identifying the appropriate structure o f the Army o f the future. T wo of the three phases of the study have been completed They looked at the capabilities w'hich should exist w'ithin the land force and the limitations of the current force . The third phase examines options for restructuring.

Brigadier Peter Dunn, chairman o f the review working group, said today the review team had consulted widely with groups who are expert in the subjects being addressed during each phase

"The seminar is part o f this process," he said. "A2I is the most comprehensive review of Army's structure for many years. It has the potential for significant long-term effects on the A m y Reserve. It's critical therefore that the review team is exposed to the broadest possible cross-section of Reservist's views. The experience of the people attending the seminar will be invaluable "

Syndicates will look at a variety of subjects including the Regular/Reserve balance, availability of Reservists on call-out for operations in the defence of Australia, examination o f alternative methods o f collective training and full-time command opportunities for Reserve officers.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence, Mr Arch Bevis, will address the seminar on Saturday.

Further Information:

Lieutenant Colonel Ian Edwardson (06) 265 4065 (BH)

(06) 288 1908 (AH)

Pager (06) 269 0222 #131181

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