As a Charge rated CPO who has had some time in civilian trade employment prior to enlistment; I can not argue with this, especially the last paragraph. And Tiff's (Artificers) are no longer the original definition of the name.Care needs to be taken not to damage morale, not to destroy enthusiasm and motivation, unfortunately the ADF is expert at this.
I knew I bloke who joined the RAN to be a clearance diver, he passed all the selection with flying colours but because he was a qualified boilermaker he was posted as a marine technician. To add insult to injury, though he was a qualified tradesman, they forced him to redo everything the navy way and was given no seniority or recognition for the qualifications and skills that he had and was made subordinate to people less qualified and experienced than him. He had more brains, skills and higher level of competence than many a Charge rated CPO I came across but was judged purely on how long he had been in uniform, in fact, his obvious talent, maturity and leadership, was a hindrance as those ahead of him saw him as the threat.
A long time failing of the ADF and ex ADF members, is some who have no idea whatsoever of civilian skills and qualifications, assume you only know how to do things if you learnt it during an ADF trade or promotion course. A true irony is defence currently has a large number of people who think they are highly qualified and experienced because they have been told how good they are, but have never worked outside of the structured, contractor supported environment defence has become. In many cases, they are not actually suitably qualified or experienced to undertake their supposed specialty in civilian employment.