If you're interested in writing for The Cove, then the start of the year is a great time to set a goal and include it in your PAR. Whilst The Cove has a bunch of ideas and content already in production; drawing upon your personal views, knowledge and experience, and encouraging the contest of ideas is what we’re here to do.

As we make our way into 2022, we’re calling for submissions across a range of areas. If you're struggling with choosing a topic here's some inspiration. If you write on one of these topics, then there's a good chance it'll integrate with other content we're planning this year.

Better Thinking – Submit by 30 April 

Understanding the human mind and maximising its performance is a growth industry and there are many techniques that we can employ to get more out of our own minds. We want to hear from you if you practice any high performance thinking methodologies which have given you an advantage or have enhanced your performance. You may have ideas to share surrounding the fields of; psychology, philosophy, lean thinking, reflection, critical and creative thinking, cognitive processes or neuroleadership.

Army’s Future Ready Training System (FRTS) / Future Ready Workforce (FRW) – Submit by 20 May

If you have something to say about what a Future Ready Training System or Future Ready Workforce looks like, it’s time to share your thoughts.

Some possible FRTS topics may include; contemporary learning design, Training delivery reform, grassroots training innovation, novel and emerging technology in training and the benefits (for example: simulation, virtual and augmented reality), AI, the value of partnerships across industry, academia, internationally and the Joint Force for training in the future, cutting-edge and best-practice learning and training experiences, creating learning culture mindset or training requirements for soldiers of 2030.

Some possible FRW topics include; recruiting, retention, conditions of service, flexible work, trade structures, pers processes. There's an opportunity to help influence our future workforce with your ideas and thoughts in this space.

**New! Key Organisational Lessons from the Afghanistan Campaign – Submit by 30 June

In early March, Preparing for the Future: Key Organisational Lessons from the Afghanistan Campaign was released. The paper, authored by MAJGEN Andrew Hocking, discussed a series of ADF level lessons and observations from Australia's 20 year campaign in Afghanistan. The report and podcast are essential reading and listening. We're keen to hear your thoughts: do you agree, do you have more lessons, can you elaborate on any of the recommendations or observations in the paper? Perhaps you have some ideas on how Army or the ADF can implement some of these lessons? Whatever your thoughts, it would be great to hear and share them.

South Pacific geopolitics and culture – Submit by 30 August

Understanding the geopolitics of our world is fundamental to us as military professionals. While the Army training continuum prepares us for our roles it is not exhaustive and does not encompass the ever changing geopolitical environment. It is our responsibility as members of the Profession of Arms to keep across our ever-changing environment. 

You may have ideas to share with us with regards to strategy, security, politics, culture, the relationship between media, society and power, intercultural communication, working within culturally diverse environments, globalisation and justice, crisis management and disaster relief. 

Reflections on key appointments – Submit by 30 November

Share your reflections, experiences and lessons learnt from key appointments that may be of value to others; especially those across unit command, sub-unit command, platoon command, RSM, CSM, platoon sergeant, section command and key staff appointments.

Future Warfare – Submit anytime

When we think about the future, we need to consider the rapidly evolving character of conflict and how we deal with both conventional and unconventional threats. Identifying drivers of change and thinking about the action we need to take to prepare for war is fundamental to staying ahead of our adversaries. This topic ties closely to the area of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) as we consider the impact of robotics, autonomous systems, artificial intelligence, cyber, big data, and novel technologies in training.

For those science fiction gurus amongst us, this topic also affords you space to share what you imagine is possible and detail innovative ideas where prototypes for future warfare may be born. Similarly, for those interested in history as a way to inform the future, if you’ve examined a tactical action, battle or campaign from Australia’s history that has lessons relevant now – share it with us. The study of military history by current military professionals is essential to prepare for future conflict. While technology and militaries are always changing; many lessons will remain the same.

**New! Ukraine Conflict – Submit anytime

The conflict currently underway in Ukraine is the first near-peer conflict in quite some time. We need to study this conflict in order to learn the lessons of others. We welcome your thoughts on any aspect of the conflict. As the situation is changing quickly, we'll prioritise the editing of anything time critical and get it published ASAP.

Anything, anytime

Of course we’re seeking articles across all of these key areas, but don’t let us stifle your creativity. If there is something else you feel is worth sharing with the rest of the force.

Also, if writing is not your thing don’t be discouraged! We would love to receive multimedia submissions in the form of short podcasts (2-7 minutes) or videos (2-8 minutes). So share what you know, think and feel. What we appreciate is your level of analysis and critique on your chosen idea. Not sure you can do it alone? Grab a buddy or respected colleague and submit a collective piece. Submit via: 'Make a submission' on The Cove homepage, or contact us at soldiercove@gmail.com.

We're excited to create a space where you can contribute to the Professional Military Education of our Army. You will never know what impact your thoughts may have on someone else, or the organisation, unless you’re willing to share them.