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Workforce Overview

Actual Staffing as at 30 June 2004

ADF Enlistments and Recruiting

The ADF enlisted 5,592 permanent members, 4,695 men and 897 women, for the 12 months up to 30 June 2004, as shown in Table 5.15. This was 254 more than in 2002-03.

Continuing improvement in numbers in the Reserve component of the ADF is evident with an increase of 566, from 21,588 during 2002-03 to 22,154 during 2003-04. Reserve enlistments reduced to 2,494 in 2003-04 compared to the 3,065 recruited in 2002-03. The 571 fewer enlistments in 2003-04 was offset by improved retention, producing the overall increase in the Reserves.

The overall recruiting achievement against targets for the permanent and Reserve forces for 2003-04 was 86 per cent, which was 2 per cent higher than in 2002-03.

Table 5.15 Permanent Force Enlistments 2002-03 and 2003-04(1)(2)(3)
  Navy Army Air Force(4) ADF
  Men Women Men Women Men Women Men Women
2002-03
Trained Force
Officers 14 2 167 28 - - 181 30
Other ranks 65 10 256 58 - - 321 68
Training Force
Officers 134 43 287 51 247 65 668 159
Other ranks 1,093 312 1,590 160 609 147 3,292 619
Total 1,306 367 2,300 297 856 212 4,462 876
2003-04
Trained Force
Officers 58 5 182 38 29 5 269 48
Other ranks 49 6 154 31 75 22 278 59
Training Force
Officers 164 59 250 51 164 44 578 154
Other ranks 1,044 285 2,050 221 476 130 3,570 636
Total 1,315 355 2,636 341 744 201 4,695 897

Notes

  1. Figures in this table show actual staff.
  2. Enlistments exclude Reserves commencing periods of full-time duty.
  3. Figures include inter and intra-Service transfers processed by the Services and, therefore, do not correlate with the recruiting activity shown in Table 5.16.
  4. All Air Force recruits are enlisted into the training force.
Table 5.16 ADF Permanent Force Recruiting Activity 2002-03 and 2003-04
  Navy Army Air Force ADF
2002-03
Total inquiries(1) 14,780 41,952 28,414 85,312
Formal applications 4,560 7,185 5,897 17,642
Applicants enlisted 1,556 1,842 924 4,322
Target 1,842 2,342 980 5,164
Percentage achieved 84 79 94 84
2003-04
Total inquiries 9,575 29,043 20,342 83,968(2)
Formal applications 4,160 7,689 4,108 15,957
Applicants enlisted(3) 1,515 2,418 814 4,747
Target 1,760 2,862 908 5,530
Percentage achieved 86 84 90 86

Notes

  1. This figure includes 166 full-time tri-Service inquiries that relate to inquirers who were undecided on which Service they wished to pursue full-time.
  2. Of this figure, 25,008 general inquiries, for permanent and Reserve service in the ADF, were received via a tri-Service Internet portal that was introduced in 2003-04.
  3. These figures only include ab initio enlistees and, therefore, do not correlate with the enlistments shown in Table 5.15.

Chart 5.3 Permanent Force Recruiting Target versus Achievement for 2002-03 and 2003-04

Chart 5.3 - select to access source table

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