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A COMPREHENSIVE review of garrison
dress will save about $4 million a year
and change what personnel wear to work
from 2010 in a barracks environment.
The changes were made to more than
10 orders of dress after CA Lt-Gen Ken
Gillespie endorsed a review into the cloth-
ing items, some of which were in service for
The review was commissioned to exam-
ine options for the rationalisation of Army
Standing Orders for Dress and ancillary
clothing items, with the aim of reducing the
range and complexity of Army's clothing
Brig David Mulhall, Chief of Staff AHQ,
said the review team had little trouble iden-
tifying opportunities to reduce the number
of uniform variants issued across Army.
"We estimate that the savings we have
found are in the order of $4 million a year.
These funds will then become available for
reinvestment into other areas of capability in
line with CA's priorities," Brig Mulhall said.
As part of the changes there will be the
wider wearing of DPCU, a reduction in the
initial free issue entitlements of polyesters,
and the complete removal of some other
"The review team took a pragmatic,
common sense approach. In many cases,
we simply ratified what has become normal
practice across the Army, such as wearing
DPCU as dress of the day," Brig Mulhall
said.Dress Order 4A will be retitled General
Duty Dress DPCU and will be mandated
as dress of the day across Army, includ-
ing AHQ. Personnel in non-Army groups
will be authorised to wear DPCU as normal
dress of the day, subject to approval by their
Army administration CO.
There will also be tighter procedures
introduced for issuing and handing back of
One decision that is likely to be popu-
lar is that elastic-sided black leather boots,
such as those made by RM Williams and
Baxter, are now authorised to be worn with
polyester and service dress uniforms at all
times, except for ceremonial parade orders
of dress. They can be purchased at mem-
bers' expense and are to be brush polished.
"The review team has more work to do.
The decisions that we've made so far are the
easy ones. Further savings in garrison cloth-
ing can be made, but we believe it essential
that we listen to and get feedback from
across the Army," Brig Mulhall said.
"We'll be establishing a number of ways
for our officers and soldiers to directly give
us their opinion on what other changes we
can make to garrison clothing. This will
include a direct email address and social
media forums on the DRN and internet.
"It's about time that we really started
using the Army Facebook site and our other
forums to hear what people have to say."
A CA's directive will be issued within
the next few weeks, with the changes to take
effect from January 1, 2010.
For more information visit http://intranet.
asp?page=67988. Members are invited to send
constructive comments on the review of garrison
clothing to email@example.com.
The following changes are to be
made to orders of dress in ASODs
Items of dress to be removed from
2B Ceremonial Parade Dress with
Sweater -- to be worn only by recruits
graduating from ARTC.
2D Ceremonial Dress Long Sleeve
3A Ceremonial Safari Suit.
3B General Duty Safari Suit.
6C Mess Dress White Shirt.
SO3 Special Appointment White
SPA2 Special Appointment White
SPA3 Special Appointment Whites.
Socks Khaki Long.
Army beret to be removed from
service, and the wearing of corps'
berets dealt with under a separate CA
Other changes to be made:
2E General Duty Dress (polyesters)
Initial free issue (IFI) entitlement will
be reduced to one set per person
for both ARA and ARes entrants (i.e.
one Shirt Short Sleeve, one Shirt
Long Sleeve, one Trousers/Slacks).
Authorised exceptions to this entitle-
ment will be listed in Block Scales
3002-20, 3002-24 and 3002-25.
4A Barracks Dress DPCU is author-
ised as dress of the day, and is retitled
"General Duty Dress (DPCU)". This
order of dress is mandated across
Army as dress of the day, and is
authorised as the dress of the day for
Army personnel serving in non-Army
groups, at the discretion of respective
Army admin CO.
Combat Jacket is replaced by
"Jacket Fleece or Jacket Interim Cold
Replace the T-Shirt DPCU wherever
mentioned with the T-Shirt Brown.
SD1 Scottish Ceremonial Dress,
SD2 Scottish General Duties Dress,
SD3 Mess Dress Scottish and SD4
Mess Dress White Jacket Scottish are
approved for purchase at member's
expense. Commonwealth funds are
not to be spent to buy Scottish dress
uniforms, accessories or embellish-
Gloves Leather Black/Brown are
removed as a general entitlement
and retained only for those posted
on representational duties to selected
Female underwear: stockings,
pantihose and underpants removed
from IFI Block Scales. Bras are no
longer to be issued as an IFI item.
Female recruits and officer cadets will
be assisted through the professional
fitting of sports bras.
Sweater Khaki Lightweight may
continue to be worn by those who
have already received an issue.
However, no further permanent issue
are to be made at ADFA, RMC or
One Army button is to be adopted
across all forms of dress as appropri-
ate to that dress and no other corps or
regimental buttons are to be worn.
All Rising Sun badges in future will
be oval shaped, as currently worn on
outer jackets such as service dress.
The square Rising Sun badge, as cur-
rently worn on polyester shirts, may
continue to be worn until existing
stock is phased out.
Elastic-sided black leather ankle
boots are authorised for wear with
polyesters and service dress at
member's expense. Patent leather
boots must continue to be worn when
ceremonial parade orders of dress
are required. The following styles
of boots are just a few examples of
those approved to be worn and will be
reviewed periodically: R.M. Williams
styles Craftsman Dress, Wentworth
Dress, Tambo Dress and Baxter styles
Henry Baxter, Drover and Horseman.
The full list of leather boots approved
to be worn will be listed in the CA
US visit: Cpl Hollie McBride, 1 Armd
Regt medic, in southern California with
the Australian contingent on Exercise
Gold Eagle (see Pages 18-19).
Photo by Capt Lachlan Simond
CDF ACM Angus Houston
released the inquiry offic-
er reports into the death of Lt
Michael Fussell on November 2.
Lt Fussell (pictured) was killed
instantly when he stepped on an
IED while part
of a SOTG
26-27, 2008, in
ince. He was
working as an
artillery officer in the role of a joint
terminal attack controller.
One of the inquiries covered
the circumstances surrounding Lt
Fussell's death and the other was
into concerns identified in the ini-
tial inquiry regarding the prepara-
tion, training and leadership of the
force element of which Lt Fussell
was a member.
The key recommendations of
the first report were that concerns
about leadership raised by mem-
bers of the force element be passed
to the chain of command for exam-
ination, and that the chain of com-
mand examine evidence that action
was not taken to stop unsafe track
discipline during the patrol.
The second report's key rec-
ommendations were that Army
conduct a thorough review of
its system for assessing officers
for command appointments; that
documentation be formalised cov-
ering the training and use of the
tactics, techniques and procedures
employed in theatre on the night
of Lt Fussell's death; and that an
audit be done of SOComd's proc-
esses for force preparation and cer-
CDF accepted all the recom-
mendations of both reports. Work
to implement the recommendations
is well under way.
The full versions of the two reports and
their findings can be viewed at http://
Uniform changes Lt Fussell
Polys on parade: While General Duty Dress DPCU is to be worn by most personnel in a barracks
environment from January 1 next year, polyesters will continue to be worn on ceremonial occasions.
Photo by Tpr Michael Franchi
NEW DRESS CODE: WHAT'S IN AND WHAT'S OUT
TWO MRTF 2 soldiers and an
Afghan soldier were wounded
when an IED struck a dismount-
ed patrol in southern Afghanistan
on November 2.
The patrol also came under
small-arms gun fire after the
Immediate first aid was pro-
vided to the wounded soldiers on
the ground before they were aer-
omedically evacuated to an ISAF
medical facility at Tarin Kowt.
Their wounds were not life-
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