Boss Lift at Royal Military College gives employers military insight
3 February 2017
A group of executives from across the nation paid a two day visit to Royal Military College, Duntroon in Canberra as part of Exercise Boss Lift to experience the training their employees undertake in the Australian Defence Force Reserve.
The corporate highfliers were pushed to the limit as they took part in a range of activities including military drill, leadership reaction course, physical fitness training, navigation challenge and weapon handling.
Queensland Building and Construction Commission Acting Commissioner Sue Van Eyk said participating in the exercise provided her with an insight into life as an ADF Reservist.
“Taking part in Exercise Boss Lift was enlightening not only for me, but for all participants,” Ms Van Eyk said.
“To be able to experience life as an ADF Reservist provided us with a once in a lifetime opportunity and an appreciation of the skills, dedication and commitment required to be a Reservist.
“It was an experience I will never forget.”
Exercise Boss Lift is a program organised by the Reserve and Youth Division within the Department of Defence and supported by the State Defence Reserves Support Councils.
Defence Reserves Support Council Queensland Chair Jennifer Robertson said the exercise provided participants with a unique experience.
“Many of the Boss Lift participants employ Reservists. What we are doing is providing them with an understanding of what their Reservist employees experience when they are out of the office on military exercises,” Ms Robertson said.
“There are a number of skills that Reservists bring to a workplace. The leadership training that is provided in the ADF is unique. They are usually working in large teams and they learn to communicate effectively, and they have a great ability to deal with conflict, while also having a real sense of purpose.”
Head of Cadet, Reserve and Employer Support Division Rear Admiral Bruce Kafer said the Boss Lift program helped acknowledge the contribution employers made in supporting Reservists to meet their ADF commitments.
“We have more than 20,000 Australian Defence Force Reservists who make a vital contribution to the defence of Australia,” he said.
“Recognising the contribution their civilian employers make, in releasing employees for training and operational service, is crucial in the Reserve’s ability to deliver relevant capability to Defence.”
Exercise Boss Lift aims to secure employer support for Defence Reservists by highlighting the important role they play in the Australian Defence Force.
For more information on the benefits available to employers of Defence Reservists, visit www.defencereservessupport.gov.au or call 1800 803 485.
Exercise Boss Lift RMC 2017 imagery is available online at: (http://images.defence.gov.au/S20170118).