The Air Force Personnel Capability workforce is set for an impressive boost with RAAF School of Administration and Logistics Training (RAAFSALT) helping significantly more students through their Personnel Capability Initial Employment Training (IET).
Up to 60 Personnel Capability Officers (PCO) and 90 Personnel Capability Specialists (PCS) will graduate from RAAFSALT in 2019, reflecting a 150% increase in PCO graduates and a 20% increase in PCS graduates from the year prior.
WGCDR Pam Bradshaw, Commanding Officer of RAAFSALT said the increased PCO and PCS graduation rate directly contributed to ACAUST’s force generation requirements.
“The Air Commander’s intent is to raise a 5th generation force that is well trained, resilient and appropriately resourced and able to operationally react to regional and global challenges across the spectrum of conflict,” WGCDR Bradshaw explained.
“PCO and PCS enable the generation and sustainment of air power by delivering specialist military and personnel capability support.
"They contribute to air power through the delivery of personnel force generation and sustainment, operations support and strategic effects for the delivery of military capability.”
WGCDR Bradshaw said another reason for the increased personnel capability training throughput is a move away from the legacy system of sending PCOs into the workplace for on-the-job contextual experience before completing IET.
“The new intent is for PCO and PCS to complete their respective IET following graduation from initial military training at No.1 Recruit Training Unit, Australian Defence Force Academy or Officer Training School, and before their first posting to the broader Air Force,” WGCDR Bradshaw said.
“The increased training throughput over the next 15 months will see RAAFSALT graduate all of the PCOs currently in the workplace waiting to complete their IET, as well as keeping pace with increased numbers of PCS graduating this year through the Gap Year program.”
WGCDR Bradshaw is extremely proud of the agility and collaboration demonstrated by the staff of Personnel Capability training flight to step up and meet this training challenge, particularly given two thirds of the section were newly posted to RAAFSALT in January this year.
“Commander Air Force Training Group, AIRCDRE Glen Braz expects RAAFSALT to enable capability by developing the right people with the right skillsets at the right time to support immediate internal force generation demands,” WGCDR Bradshaw said.
“The effort by unit personnel to meet the surge in PCO and PCS training is a really solid example of agile training practices - and an agile mindsight - to meet changing capability requires in Air Force and the broader ADF.”