Now would be a good time to invade Australia

November 18, 2008 — 5 Comments

It could be worse…like New Zealand

Via SMH

Navy closes for Christmas

NAVY chiefs battling a staffing crisis have taken the unprecedented step of ordering a two-month shutdown over Christmas, and have told personnel with child-care problems that they can work from home.

The navy has also ordered all ships not deployed on operations home for Christmas to try to combat a 2020 shortfall in trained personnel.

In addition, the number of sailors forced to stay on board ships docked in their home port on “duty watch” as sentries will be reduced from previous levels of 15 to 20 people to a skeleton staff.

On the bright side, docked ships still look scary, even if there’s no one to drive them ๐Ÿ™‚

5 responses to Now would be a good time to invade Australia

  1. There's another reason for this, not much publicised. It's all about the Rudd Government's efficiency bonus from Defence.

    Most sailors have lots and lots of leave accrued due to the operational tempo over the last few years. They just can't take leave because they are so short of skilled workers.

    This accrued leave is a contingent liability on Navy's balance sheet. Leave owing is a cost to Navy. It just sits there slowly smoldering away and growing each month. Each month the liability gets larger.

    By making sailors take leave the balance sheet is improved AND the Navy can show what a family-friendly employer they are.

    So family-friendly in fact that they lose 11% of their people each year.

  2. There's another reason for this, not much publicised. It's all about the Rudd Government's efficiency bonus from Defence.

    Most sailors have lots and lots of leave accrued due to the operational tempo over the last few years. They just can't take leave because they are so short of skilled workers.

    This accrued leave is a contingent liability on Navy's balance sheet. Leave owing is a cost to Navy. It just sits there slowly smoldering away and growing each month. Each month the liability gets larger.

    By making sailors take leave the balance sheet is improved AND the Navy can show what a family-friendly employer they are.

    So family-friendly in fact that they lose 11% of their people each year.

  3. There's another reason for this, not much publicised. It's all about the Rudd Government's efficiency bonus from Defence.

    Most sailors have lots and lots of leave accrued due to the operational tempo over the last few years. They just can't take leave because they are so short of skilled workers.

    This accrued leave is a contingent liability on Navy's balance sheet. Leave owing is a cost to Navy. It just sits there slowly smoldering away and growing each month. Each month the liability gets larger.

    By making sailors take leave the balance sheet is improved AND the Navy can show what a family-friendly employer they are.

    So family-friendly in fact that they lose 11% of their people each year.

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