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Defence Reserves – Benefits of Employing Military Reserves

September 21, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

| Free
Date: 21st September 2017
 Time: 5.30 - 6.00pm networking drinks nibbles
6.00 - 6.30 presentation and questions
6.30 - 7.00 networking
Venue: Neram Cafe
Cost: Free
Presenters: Mr Ian Unsworth - Support Liaison Offer North-West Defence Reserves Committee
Sergeant John (Jack) McCaw - IT Officer University of New England
Captain Shane Green - Regional Manager Defence Reserve Support New England
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Reservists come from all professions and trades within the community. They volunteer for service in the Navy, Army or Air Force and are highly motivated people who take on the training and service with enthusiasm and commitment.

A benefit for employers is that the Reservist develop skills through formal courses, on-going refresher training, and on the job as they put their skills into practice. These skills are then able to be transferred into the civilian workplace by offering, for example, leadership, teamwork, problem solving and communication

Ian Unsworth will give a short presentation to illustrate to business houses the benefits of employing military reservists.

Some of the benefits:

  • The employment of reservists provides for the development of trained leaders, managers as well as teamwork skills
  • These skills can be extended into the wider community – Defence provides the training at no cost to the employer or the individual.
  • There is also from the employee’s perspective the development of
    personal skills; self-discipline; initiative; punctuality; self-reliance and acceptance of responsibility.


Captain Shane Green enlisted in the Australian Army in October 1989 as a Trooper and Armoured Crewman in the Royal Australian Armoured Corps. He progressed through the ranks holding various appointments in his employment stream until Commissioning as a Captain in January 2009. He has held various appointments in the 12/16 Hunter River Lancers including a Troop Sergeant, Squadron Sergeant Major and Squadron 2IC. He transferred to his current posting as Regional Manager of Defence Reserve Support New England and Central North in 2011.

Shane was recognised in the 2008 Australia Day Honours list with the awarding of the Conspicuous Service Medal (CSM).

The highlight of his career was attending the opening of the Australian Light-horse Memorial at Beersheba in Israel in 2008 where he had the honour of carrying the 12th New England Light Horse Guidon on the parade.

He is employed as the stakeholder engagement officer in the NSW Local Land Services (North West) based in Tamworth and has a young family with 3 boys aged 1 to 4 years of age.

Originally from Narrabri, Jack has held jobs all over Australia, from tractor driver to journalist, radio announcer to drover. For the past 8 yrs, Jack has been an IT officer, working for the University of New England. Jack also is a volunteer with the local SES Unit as a Flood Rescue Technician, help run a few volunteer clubs, and for his down time; speed skating.

Jack also has over 18yrs of military experience, including part-time, fulltime and Operational experience. Currently, Jack is in the role of Troop Sergeant for A Squadron, 12/16th Hunter River Lancers, here in Armidale.

Ian Unsworth is retired having worked in Sydney in various organisations, primarily in industrial relations. These positions included Industrial Relations Manager with the former State Chamber of Commerce at which time he became involved with the NSW Defence Reserve Support Council as Deputy State Chairman for a period of six years.

On moving to Tamworth in 2015, Ian sought the opportunity to re-engage with the local committee of the Defence Reserves. Ian’s role is that of Support Employer Liaison Officer.

Ian has seen the benefits to employees who are members of the Reserves and to employers who have engaged Reservists. An example is Ian’s attendance with employers to the first “Boss Lift” to East Timor in 2003. Employers were able to see their staff in a conflict role and appreciated their learned skills.


September 21, 2017
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


Kentucky St
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