CANBERRA, Mar 26 (NNN-AGENCIES) – The Australian Army is preparing to deploy reservists to assist with the Australian Defence Force’s response to COVID-19.
The Guardian Australia, today published an email sent by Carmen Sieger, the acting director of the directorate of contingent workforce management army, earlier in Mar, in which Sieger called on reservists for help, if they had the willingness and capacity for work “likely to result from our current environment.”
It would be the second time in 2020. reservists will be deployed in response to the crisis.
The other time such action had been taken was at the height of Australia’s bush fire crisis in Jan. when about 3,000 reservists were deployed to help.
In the email Sieger asked reservists to provide their skill set, as well as, the type of work they would be willing to do.
“This is normal practice for Defence – to plan and prepare for support to state and territory authorities in times of need,” a spokesperson for the defence department told the Guardian.
“We are focused on ensuring the continuity of our essential tasks and functions to enable us to respond to, and sustain, current and potential commitments.”
Minister for Defence, Linda Reynolds, who previously served as the Army Adjutant General, announced an escalation of the ADF’s role in Australia’s response to the virus.
ADF personnel have begun helping overwhelmed health authorities trace transmission of the virus in Australia, as well as, providing reconnaissance, planning and logistical support.– NNN-AGENCIES