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MONDAY, 9 AUGUST. 1976. ." NO. 191/76

AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE FORCE EMPLOYMENT STATISTICS

The strength of the Permanent Defence Force . totalled 68,774 at the end of June 1976. The individual

strengths of the Services were - Navy 15,993; Army 31,430; and Air Force 21,351.

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Commenting on the latest Defence Force statistics, the Minister for Defence, Mr. D.J. Killen, said that the Defence Force strength was marginally below its June target

(less than 0.6 percent) but he expected this shortfall to be overcome during 1976/77.

Mr. Killen was pleased to note that the total

number of male officers leaving the Defence Force has again dropped since the peak in 1973/74 which followed the

introduction of improvements to the Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefits Scheme. In 1975/76 740 male officers left the Defence Force compared with 799 in 1974/75 and 1,033 in 1973/74.

He said that this decrease in total male officer wastage should be borne in mind when looking at male officer resignations which increased in 1975/76 compared with the previous year. Mr. Killen said that the resignation, pattern

showed a tendency for officers to retire early with a pension rather than age retire or, more importantly, resign before completing 20 years service. .

Re-engagement rates for male other ranks, although not quite as high as in the previous year, were again very high. The rates for 1975/76 were - Navy 67 percent; Army 7.3 percent; and Air Force 81 percent.

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Mr. Killen said that recruiting has again been satisfactory with 8,037 personnel enlisted into the Defence Force in all categories. This represented a 97 percent achievement of the overall target assessed as the manpower

requirement necessary to replace normal wastage from the

Defence Force during the year. -

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ENQUIRIES: Office hours 65 2999 After hours 51 2310

AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE FORCE EMPLOYMENT STATISTICS

FOR MONTH OF JUNB 1976 .

TABLE NO. 1 : MANPOWER STRENGTHS ·

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NAVY 'ARMY AIR ■TOTAL

PERMANENT FORCE -

Actual Strength (a)

End JUNE 1976 15993 31430 21351 68774

' End MAY 1976 . 15994 31415 21268 68677

Change during JUNE -1 +15 +83 +97

Target Strength 30 June (b) 16115 31500 21551 69166

(a) Includes all permanent members of the Australian Defence Force, including members of the Australian Defence Force serving with the PNG Defence Force which total 92 Navy,431 Army, 39 Air. Citizen Forces and Reserves on full time duty are included. Illegal

absentees are excluded. .

(b) Target strengths are those provided for in the Budget of the Australian Government'.

TABLE NO. 2 : COMPOSITION OF PERMANENT DEFENCE FORCE (a)

. END ‘ JUNE________ 1976 . ,

NAVY ARMY AIR To t a l

MALES '

Officers . 1778 4009 3345 9132

Other Ranks 12125 24573 16233 52931

Cadets ’ 293 481 310 1084

Apprentices 363 819 323 1505

Junior Recruits 583 — - 583

Total Males 15142 29882 20211 65235

FEMALES

Officers 51 153 126 330

Other Ranks (b) 800 1395 1014 . 3209

Total Females 851 1548 1140 3539

TOTAL PERMANENT FORCE

15993 31430 21351 68774

(a) Details for previous months are provided in Table No. 3. Citizen Forces azicfe- Reserves on full time duty are included in the appropriate personnel category. z

(b) Female Officer Cadets are included with Other Ranks

TABLE NO. 3 I COMPOSITION OF PERMANENT DEFENCE FORCE (a)

END .TUN 76 END MAY 76 END APR 76 END MAR 76 END JUN 7‘

NAVY

Male - Officers . 1778 1777 1780 1783 1802

Sailors 12125 11993 12069 12077 12334

. Cadets 293 295 298 293 253

Apprentices 363 376 380 383 355

Junior 583 730 733 687 542

Recruits -

Total 15142 15171 15260 15223 15286

Female - Officers 51 51 ■ 55 53 49

WRANS (b) 800 772 791 781 759

Total 851 823 846 834 808

TOTAL NAVY

15993 15994 16106 16057 16094

ARMY

Male - Officers 4009 3976 3981 4002 4014

Other Ranks 24573 24524 24652 24581 24707

Cadets · 481 . 515 523 530 472

Apprentices 819 819 821 823 783

Total 29882 29834 29977 . 29936 29976

Female - Officers 153 155 154 155 147

Other Ranks (b) 1395 1426 1400 1412 1391

Total 1548 1581 1554 1567 1538

TOTAL ARMY 31430 31415 31531 31503 31514

AIR

Male - Officers 3345 3331 3312 3300 3303

Airmen 16233 16214 16216 16300 16562

Cadets 310 279 291 286 297

Apprentices 323 327 . 329 342 278

Total 20211 20151 20148 20228 20440

Female - Officers 126 125 124 121 118

Airwomen 1014 992 980 967 988

(b)

Total 1140 1117 1104 1088 1106

TOTAL AIR 21351 21268 21252 21316 21546

(a) Citizen Forces and Reserves on full time duty are included in the appropriate personnel category. (b) Female Officer Cadets are included in Other Ranks.

TABLE NO. 4 i ENLISTMENTS DURING THE MONTH OF JUK£ 1976, (a )

NAVY ARMY AIR TOTAL

MALES

General Enlistment (b) 52 376 162 590

Officers

Direct Entry Officers 1 14 15

Undergraduate Entries - - 1 1

Officer Cadets (c) ,

Defence Forces College/Academy ■ ' .

Other Officer Trainees - 4 28 32

Other Categories

Apprentices

Navy Junior Recruits - — - -

Citizen Forces and Reserves on full time duty: Officers

Other Ranks - — - -

FEMALES

Direct Entry Officers 1 1

Other Ranks ' 38 2 38 78

Citizen Forces and Reserves on full time duty: Officers 2 2

- Other Ranks — ■ — ■ — —

TOTAL ENLISTMENTS (d) 91 382 246 719

(a) Enlistments refer to personnel actually taken on strength during the month. Extensions-of short service commissions, re-engagements and movements between categories are excluded. (b) Includes Adult Recruits (Navy), Male Other Ranks (Army)r Male

Airmen (Air). Details of general enlistments for previous periods are provided in Table No. 6. (c) Excludes Cadets entering from within the Service. (d) Details of total enlistments for previous periods are provided in

Table No. 5. In addition 28 Navy, 54 Army, 5 Air

personnel were taken back on strength during the month.

TABLE NO. 5 : TOTAL ENLISTMENTS (a)

PERIOD NAVY ARMY AIR TOTAL

uarter ending

June 1974 454 1102 339 1895

June 1975 440 1132 703 2275

September 1975 505 1052 372 1929

December 1975 273 473 184 930

March 1976 741 1607 710 3058

June 1976 435 1091 590 2116

ionth of -

March 1976 55 452 118 625

April 1976 281 370 170 821

May 1976 63 339 174 576

June 1976 v 91 382 246 719

(a) Enlistments refer to personnel actually taken on strength during the month» Illegal absentees taken back on strength, extensions of short service commissions, re—engagements and movements between categories are excluded»

TABLE NO. 6 : MALE GENERAL ENLISTMENTS (a)

Quarter

PERIOD

ending

NAVY ARMY AIR TOTAL

June 1974

June 1975

200

203

965 189

998 459

1354

1660

September 1975

December 1975

March 1976

June 1976

134 886 244 1264

92 416 146 654

170 1081 293 1544

149 999 374 1522

Month of -March 1976

April 1976

May 1976

June 1976

42 382 97 521

53 365 104 522

44 258 108 410

52 376 162 590

(a) Enlistments refer to personnel actually taken on strength during the month» Illegal absentees taken back on strength, re-engagements and movements between categories are excluded.

TABLE NO. 7 i WASTAGE DURING THE MONTH OF JUNE 1976 (a )

NAVY ARMY AIR 1 TOTAL

MALES

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Officers - Age Retirement - - 1 1

Resignation (Early Retirement with Pension) (b) - 10 13 13

Other Resignation 1 5 5 11

Completion of Short Service Commission (c) OD

Other (d) - 1 2 3

Total 1 16 21 38

Other Ranks - Age Retirement - 4 3 7

Own Request (Early Retirement with Pension) (e) 4 40 30 . 74

Other Own Request 39 43 37 119

Completion of Engagement (c) 20 126 30 176

Other (d) 40 153 29 222

Total 103 366 129 598

Cadets - Total 2 4 ' - 6

FEMALES

Officers - Total . - ■ 3 2 5

Other Ranks - Total 14 32 16 62

TOTAL PERMANENT FORCES 120 421 168 709

(a) Wastage comprises all service personnel who were taken off strength during the month. Movements of personnel between categories are not included. (b) These resignations include personnel who, although below the

retirement age for rank, qualify for benefits under the DFR&DB Scheme. (c) Includes Citizen Forces and Reserves on full time duty completin engagement. (d) * Other * refers to all other wastage e.g. medical reasons, death,

illegally absent, unlikely to reach required standard* (e) Includes all personnel who request discharge and are eligible for benefits under the DFR&DB Scheme.

TABLE NO. 8 : MALE OTHER RANKS RE-ENGAGEMENT RATES (a)

(Percentage)

PERIOD NAVY ARMY AIR

Quarter ending -June 1974 61. 1 70.2 . 76.5

June 1975 73.1 . 75.4 ' 85.1

September 1975 74.7 75.3 85.3

December 1975 61.3 73.7 82.4

March 1976 68.6 71.3 77.9

June 1976 . 58.9 7 0 .8 79.0

Month of —

March 1976 61.1 71.5 79.0

April 1976 58.2 69.4 74.4

May 197b 54.5 69.5 78.8

June , 1976 64.6 74.0 83.3

(a) Re-engagement rates are calculated as the percentage of Other Ranks whose term of engagement was due to be completed in the period and who re-engaged for a further term; Citizen Forces and Reserves on full time duty are

excluded.

TABLE NO.9: TABLE NO.10:

HALE OFFICER RESIGNATIONS FROM MALE OFFICER RESIGNATIONS BY RANK-PERMANENT DEFENCE FORCE faj FOR THREE MONTHS ENDED (a)

PERIOD NAVY ARMY AIR

RANK NAVY ARMY AIR

luarter ending -

CMDR & above

75 6

76 1

une 1974 33 82 41

LC-UH 7 4

one 1975 23 46 41

LEUT & below 10 8

eptember 1975 23 59 62

ecember 1975 24 55 54 Total 23 13

arch 1976 39 ■ 59 80 7> 76

une 1976 13 55 58 Lt Col & above 14 11

• Maj or 21 20

Captain 8 17

onth of - Lt & below 3 7

arch 1976 9 28 25 Total 46 55

pri 1 1976 7 21 25 75 76

ay 1976 5 19 15 Wg Cdr & above 15 15

une 1976 1 15 18 Sqn Ldr 9 22

Fit Lt 15 19

Fig Off & below ■ 1 2

Total 40* 58

_ * Excludes 1 Chaplain resignation

(a) Consists of Resignation (Early Retirement with Pension) and Other Resignations as shown in Table No.7» Resignations of Cadets are not included in the figures.