Military Capabilities

Royal Australian Navy ranks grow by 1,000 personnel in less than two years

08 November 2019

The number of Royal Australian Navy (RAN) personnel has increased by more than 1,000 in less than two years, according to the Department of Defence (DoD) in Canberra.

This represents an 8% increase since January 2018, said Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds in an 8 November statement, pointing out that the rise is related to a series of personnel retention initiatives that include flexible workplace arrangements, financial incentives, and industry placements.

“Navy is currently rolling out 45 retention initiatives, including financial bonuses for key sailor and officer categories, flexible workplace arrangements for uniformed members as well as outplacement programmes to improve professional development for technical sailors,” said Reynolds, pointing out that the initiatives are the result of a RAN-wide consultation programme that resulted in 600 suggestions from members of every rank.

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