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Army October 15, 2009
MEMBERS without dependants (MWOD) will no
longer be required to make a contribution for their
accommodation while overseas on deployment.
The new policy commenced on September 3 and is
retrospective from July 1.
A new form is available for MWOD and MWD(U)
(members with dependents -- unaccompanied) to make
a written election to keep their accommodation while
deployed for six months or longer.
Completing the form will also facilitate reimburse-
ment of contributions backdated to July 1 for members
DGPers-A Brig Gerard Fogarty welcomed the
"Army has pursued this policy change for over a
year," Brig Fogarty said.
"It reflects Army's commitment to support its
members by minimising the disruption to a member's
life during the work-up to and return from an overseas
"The policy change also provides greater choice for
There is no change to policy regarding MWD(U)
deployed for six months or longer, who may still elect
to keep their accommodation in their posted location
without paying a contribution.
The change represents another significant improve-
ment to Army's conditions of service package.
Soldiers who choose to move out of their living-in
or rental accommodation, or who are directed to vacate
their LIA, are eligible for removal and storage at
Commonwealth expense of their furniture and effects,
one private vehicle and one towable item.
Further information and the Deployment Housing Retention elec-
tion form are available from the ADF Pay and Conditions web-
sites: www.defence.gov.au/dpe/pac/ or DEFWEB http://intranet.
Lesson in history
By Cpl Jane Ashby-Cliffe
RAISE, train and sustain has char-
acterised the military's existence, so
it was a fitting theme for the CA's
History Conference in Canberra on
The purpose of the conference was to
look through external, academic eyes at
issues in military history that are relevant
Maj-Gen John Caligari welcomed dis-
tinguished scholars and historians from
the UK, US and Australia to discuss the
difficulty and complexity of obtaining
sufficient land combat power in times of
national or international crisis.
Maj-Gen Caligari said these confer-
ences continued to grow in quality and
stature every year and had become an
important part in Army's culture of pro-
fessional military education.
"Our Army has always been good at
training but, until relatively recent times,
much less so at education," he said.
"While it is important for every sol-
dier to know and understand tactics,
techniques and procedures, it is equally
important that the soldier knows how to
think, not just what to think. This reason-
ing ability has become even more impor-
tant on the modern battlefield."
This year's keynote speaker was Brian
Holden Reid, Professor of American
History and Military Institutions, Kings
His paper, "How Were American
Civil War Armies Kept in the Field",
addressed eight main issues, closely ana-
lysing the challenge of supply, manage-
ment of resources and the vital element
"Management of resources struck me
as being an enormously important theme
and problem," Prof Holden Reid said.
"Resources in themselves do not win
wars. Piling up quantities of equipment
and men does not in itself win wars."
Other papers examined topics from
raising and sustaining the Imperial
Russian Army in 1914, to raising, train-
ing and sustaining Australian land forces
in the 1970s and 1980s.
The conference included the launch
of two books -- Light Horse: A History
of Australia's Mounted Arm by Dr Jean
Bou and the reprint of the late Alec Hill's
book Chauvel of the Light Horse: A
biography of General Sir Harry Chauvel.
VCDF Lt-Gen David Hurley launched
Chauvel of the Light Horse, alongside
Alec Hills' widow, Mrs Patricia Hill,
and Dr Richard Chauvel, grandson of Sir
"Of the many books printed each year
about Australia's military history, few
have the qualities of completeness and
scholarly merit which make them worthy
of reprinting some 40 years after their
original release," Lt-Gen Hurley said.
For more information on the conference or to
obtain a copy of the conference proceedings
CAs_history_conference.asp or email ahu.
Readership: Maj-Gen John Caligari looks
at Dr Jean Bou's book, launched at the CA's
History Conference in Canberra.
Photo by LAC Aaron Curran
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