Kevin Woods and WO Brian Boughton discuss the office of
RSM-A in the office of the RSM-A. WO1 Woods has been selected
to succeed WO Boughton in the position from January 2004.
Photo by Cpl Jonathan Garland, Army newspaper
Cpl Jonathan Garland
CA Lt-Gen Peter Leahy has chosen the soldier who will become the
Australian Armys seventh RSM-A in January next year.
Kevin Woods, Academy Sergeant Major at ADFA, was selected from a
shortlist of three, each of whom was interviewed by a selection
panel consisted of the CA, Land Commander Australia Maj-Gen David
Hurley, Commander Training Command Army Maj-Gen Ian Gordon
and the RSM-A WO Brian Boughton.
Boughton said this was the first time, to his knowledge, candidates
had gone through a formal selection board process.
decided he would like to interview the members and give them the
opportunity to put their case forward for why they should be considered
for the position, he said.
in the past have been interviewed but the process was more formal
on this occasion and I hope this is something we see continue in
decision was made 12 months in advance of WO Boughtons departure
to allow the other RSM appointments to be considered and to take
means SCMA doesnt have to go into a promotion advisory committee
with a flexible or hypothetical structure, based on their guess
as to who the RSM-A is going to be.
Woods said he was very proud when he was informed he had been selected
to go before the panel.
think its every soldiers dream that one day they may be selected
as RSM-A well, I was extremely proud and a bit overwhelmed,
Boughton said he planned to begin exposing WO1 Woods to the nature
of the position and to some of the administrative tasks well ahead
of the handover date at the end of the year.
than have a period of 10 days at the end of the year when I try
and dump everything on him, my aim will be to feed him this stuff
as its occurring throughout the year and give him my views,