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Workforce Overview

Staffing by Average Strength

ADF Enlistments and Recruiting

The ADF enlisted 4,934 permanent members, 4,266 men and 668 women, in the 12 months up to 30 June 2005, as shown in Table 3.16. This was 658 fewer personnel than in 2003-04.

The Reserve component of the ADF decreased in strength from 22,154 during 2003-04 to 21,968 in 2004-05 (Table 3.10). Reserve enlistments reduced to 2,372 in 2004-05 compared to the 2,494 recruited in 2003-04. The decrease of 186 in Reserve strength can be attributed to 122 fewer enlistments and 64 more separations.

The overall recruiting achievement against targets for the Permanent and Reserve Forces for 2004-05 was 77 per cent, which was 9 per cent lower than in 2003-04.

ADF recruiting is Defence's highest workforce priority. Initiatives to improve recruitment in 2005 range from targeted advertising campaigns for Defence critical jobs, enhanced training for recruiting staff, and partnership in the 'Step to the Future' Youth forum together with other young Australian community groups. Some 20 new recruiting initiatives were identified for development in the ADF Recruiting Strategic Plan 2005-10, endorsed by the Chiefs of Service Committee in October 2005.

Table 3.16 Permanent Force Enlistments 2003-04 and 2004-05 (1)(2)(3)
Navy Army Air Force (4) ADF
Men Women Men Women Men Women Men Women
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
2004-05
Trained Force
Officers 27 4 151 27 41 12 219 43
Other ranks 53 10 205 34 62 15 320 59
Training Force
Officers 134 49 246 51 139 34 519 134
Other ranks 787 177 2,032 162 389 93 3,208 432
Total 1,001 240 2,634 274 631 154 4,266 668

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 3.17.
  4. All Air Force recruits are enlisted into the training force.

Table 3.17 ADF Permanent Force Recruiting Activity 2003-04 and 2004-05
Navy Army Air Force ADF
2003-04
Total inquiries 9,575 29,043 20,342 58,960 (1)
Formal applications 4,160 7,689 4,108 15,957
Applicants enlisted 1,515 2,418 814 4,747
Target 1,760 2,862 908 5,530
Percentage achieved 86 84 90 86
2004-05
Total inquiries 7,138 24,669 12,107 43,914 (2)
Formal applications 3,099 6,849 2,951 12,899
Applicants enlisted (3) 1,136 2,309 700 4,145
Target 1,551 2,849 762 5,162
Percentage achieved 73 81 91 80

Notes

  1. In addition, there were 25,008 tri-Service, Permanent and Reserve Force enquirers who were undecided on which Service they wished to join and whether they were interested in permanent or reserve commitment.
  2. In addition, there were 16,754 tri-Service, Permanent and Reserve Force enquirers who were undecided on which Service they wished to join and whether they were interested in permanent or reserve commitment.
  3. These figures only include ab initio enlistees and, therefore, do not correlate with the enlistments shown in Table 3.16

Chart 3.2 Permanent Force Recruiting Target versus Achievement for 2003-04 and 2004-05
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Table 3.18 Reserve Force Recruiting Activity for 2003-04 and 2004-05
Navy Army Air Force ADF
2003-04
Total inquiries 1,115 19,510 3,320 23,945 (1)
Formal applications 90 6,222 408 (2) 6,720
Applicants enlisted 31 2,317 146 2,494
Target 73 2,759 283 3,115
Percentage achieved 42 84 52 80
2004-05
Total inquiries 927 20,568 1,869 23,364 (3)
Formal applications 118 5,563 462 6,143
Applicants enlisted 33 2,194 145 2,372
Target 131 2,870 278 3,279
Percentage achieved 25 76 52 72

Notes

  1. In addition, there were 25,008 tri-Service, Permanent and Reserve Force enquirers who were undecided on which Service they wished to join and whether they were interested in permanent or reserve commitment.
  2. The figure of 1,546 published in Defence Annual Report 2003-04 was incorrect.
  3. In addition, there were 16,754 tri-Service, Permanent and Reserve Force enquirers who were undecided on which Service they wished to join and whether they were interested in permanent or reserve commitment.
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