Australian navy to get 62-day Christmas leave
Naval life is considered as tough assignments and there are not many takers for this in any country. Australian navy is coping with shortage of Nave personnel. They have devised a very good plan of giving two months off in order to make the job more attractive. Australia's navy gets a big Christmas gift this year: two months paid vacation for most sailors that will ease the effects of a recruiting slump but make the service Down Under look something like a part-time operation.
Commanders have ordered all ships not on overseas operations to return to port over the holiday, while docked vessels would have only a skeleton crew to maintain on-board security.
"The stand down will not impact operations and is to ensure that our people who are not required on operations are able to take a meaningful period of time off and spend time with their families," Rear Admiral Davyd Thomas, the deputy navy chief, said.
The navy faces serious staff shortages, with a 27% annual recruitment shortfall exacerbated by more than one in 10 personnel leaving the service each year.
In March, the 12,000-strong navy admitted having only enough qualified submariners to operate half of its six submarines, as the mining boom drew personnel to higher paying jobs in outback mines.