The Dim-Post

May 28, 2011

Natatonia Watch

Filed under: psuedopolitics — danylmc @ 3:51 pm

Via Stuff:

There will be 500 fewer military staff in uniform by the end of the year, including personnel from the Linton, Waiouru and Ohakea bases, as the Government begins its civilianisation of the Defence Force.

The Manawatu Defence Hub has already had 59 jobs earmarked for civilianisation – 23 at Linton, 25 at Waiouru and 11 at Ohakea – which involves changing sworn military roles into civilian positions.

The plans were announced in the Government’s Defence White Paper, released last year, and involve 1400 military jobs being civilianised during the next two to three years.

As usual I have nothing of value to say about the merits of the actual policy, but the outsourcing of military jobs to civilian bureaucrats seems like yet another thing the National Party and its supporters would scream about until they foamed blood if it was ever introduced by a Labour government.


  1. Also there’s the whole pattern of Labour being the ones to shell out for expensive equipment and National to not increase the defense budget. That could just be a matter of timing though.

    Comment by Richard — May 28, 2011 @ 4:45 pm

  2. I get a bit of a laugh out of this. It goes in cycles. You change some uniformed jobs into civilian jobs. Argument being that you’re not reducing the force, you’re just making it cheaper by not requiring uniformed staff in those roles. Then a couple years later, you take an axe to the “administration” – meaning the civilian staff. Argument being that since you’re not touching the uniformed staff, you’re not changing capacity. So out of two changes that don’t impact capacity, you’ve ended up reducing staff….

    Comment by PaulL — May 28, 2011 @ 6:07 pm

  3. PaulL: Sort of like ACC. Smith says that costs are so high that it can’t pre-fund all liabilities (not that this was necessary) so painful cutting of entitlements and eligibility was, unfortunately, necessary. With painful cuts to entitlements and eligibility just out of memory, Smith is able to sunnily announce that the finances of ACC are such that reducing the employers levy may be possible!

    Comment by DT — May 28, 2011 @ 7:31 pm

  4. Once upon a tome it was called a shell game.

    Comment by peterlepaysan — May 28, 2011 @ 8:42 pm

  5. Just find someone who can read and they will soon see how well this sort of plan worked for other countries

    What happens when we need our military?
    Oh right .. teh union has to agree overtime, danger pay, in lieue time, travel costs … and the list goes on.
    The civvy contracts have no real teeth when it comes to requiring them to work in places and conditions that the current serving members are asked to.

    Just another doomed to failure cost cutting exercise which will rebound with horrendous costs in a short time
    The cost of recruiting and training completely new staff is huge in terms of both time and $$$$$$$$

    Comment by canajanz — November 26, 2011 @ 1:34 pm

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