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INDIGENOUS Australians continue strong tradi-
tion of ADF service
The ADF will welcome more than 15 Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander people across the next two
weeks in appointment and enlistment ceremonies
These men and women will join more than 500
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ADF members
welcomed from July 2016 to June 2017.
Danielle Kirkham, 30, will follow in the footsteps
of her mother and stepfather when she enlists into the
“Growing up in a military family, people ask me
where I’m from. I like to say I am a child of Australia,
as I’ve lived all over the country,” she said.
“I wanted to join the Army because it’s something
different and gives you the opportunity for adventure,
travel and job security.
“I also wanted to show my children that you can
do anything you put your mind to.
“I hope to deploy one day and have a long and suc-
cessful career in the Army.”
Their enlistment signals an already strong tradition
of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service in the
For more than 100 years Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander people have served and made signifi-
cant contributions as part of the ADF, from the Boer
War through to recent operations in Afghanistan.
They have achieved the highest levels of recogni-
tion for their contributions.
Today 2.2 per cent of permanent ADF members
identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
and Defence is working to increase Indigenous mem-
ber numbers to 2.7 per cent by 2018.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make
up about three per cent of Australia’s population, this
increase would see the ADF better reflect the commu-
nity it serves.
Defence’s “See Yourself” campaign shares the
experiences of current ADF members from Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds. They’ve
shared their stories with the aim of inspiring others to
Sgt Dave Morley
A SOLDIER who joined the Army through the
Army Indigenous Development Program said he
was holding back tears when he saw his family in
the crowd at his march-out parade on June 30.
Gnr Marc Jones hadn’t seen his family for nearly
nine months, apart from a short break over Christmas.
Among family members attending the parade
at Kapooka was his grandfather, Maj Don Cruden
(retd), who served in the Army from October 1956
to October 1977, including service in Malaya, Thai
Border, Malaysia, Borneo, and Vietnam.
Gnr Jones said his pop was a major influence on
him joining the Army.
“Pop was my impression of a proper soldier,” he
“He was always well-dressed, well-spoken, punc-
tual, and held himself well.
“There weren’t too many jobs in Perth, so Dad
suggested I join the Army because it has always
looked after Aboriginal people, and it would keep me
Gnr Jones has a strong connection with the Army.
“Both my great-grandfathers served in the 2nd AIF
during WWII,” he said.
“One, Pte Gerald Collard, was with the 2nd/11th
Bn when he was killed in action in New Guinea in
May 1945, and the other, Pte Murray Jones, was in the
Maj Cruden said he felt admiration for his grand-
son, as well as all the soldiers on parade.
“They are a mirror of how I was, but better
trained,” he said.
“It’s marvellous to see all the changes since I was
in the Army, too – the soldiers and their families are
really well looked after these days.”
Maj Cruden deployed to Darwin as the QM of
5/7RAR after Cyclone Tracy in December 1974.
“The adjutant of 5/7RAR at the time was the cur-
rent governor-general, Gen Cosgrove,” he said.
Gnr Jones has been posted to the School of
Artillery at Puckapunyal.
Vietnam veteran sees grandson march out of Kapooka
Like pop, like
July 13, 2017
Cpl Bill Solomou
THE ADF “mob” gathered on tradi-
tional Ngunnawal land in Canberra
to recognise the history, culture and
achievements of Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islanders within Defence during
NAIDOC Week from July 2 -9.
Guest speaker, Acting Secretary
Brendan Sargeant, said 2.2 percent of per-
manent ADF members, 1.9 per cent of
active reserve and 2.0 per cent of APS
employees identified as Indigenous.
“Defence aims to increase the
Indigenous work force target to 2.7 per
cent by 2018,” he said.
He said employment of Indigenous
people was critical to closing the gap.
“While more needs to be done, the
APS sector is now one of the most inclu-
sive employers in Australia and should,
and can, take a leading role in giv-
ing Indigenous people opportunities for
employment and development,” he said.
“Not so they can have a career in
the public sector, but also to take those
skills and experiences into the broader
Representing the CDF, CN VADM
Tim Barrett said Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islanders had served Australia in
war and peacekeeping, from the Boer War
to the present.
“They joined the ADF and continue
to do so for many of the same reasons
as non-Indigenous Australians,” VADM
“They wanted to serve, to protect
country, they sought adventure alongside
their friends and in the process they made
“Enlistment provided many Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander people with the
opportunity to prove themselves as equal
to non-Indigenous Australians.”
He said the eagerness for Indigenous
people to enlist beside other Australians
to fight was even more noteworthy when
viewed against their lack of citizenship
rights for much of the Commonwealth
“And indeed when policies discour-
aged their enlistment,” VADM Barrett
“Today more than 1700 Aboriginal
and Torres Straight people now serve with
distinction in the ADF across all three
VADM Barrett said he was proud to
be part of an ADF that remembers, and
respects the contributions that Indigenous
Australians have made and continue to
make in our Defence Force.
A Welcome to Country
is made by Ngunnawal
elder Uncle Warren
Daley at the NAIDOC
Photo: Sam Birch
Proud tradition of Indigenous service
Jones and his
Don Cruden (retd)
Photo: Sgt Dave Morley
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