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Army November 12, 2009
By Cpl Jane Ashby-Cliffe
WO2 Peter Watts has proudly cel-
ebrated 40 years of service in the
The Darwin range control officer
reached the milestone on September 30.
He enlisted in Brisbane in 1969 at
the age of 18.
After leaving school he worked as a
stockman on a cattle station in central
Queensland, and it was during this time
he was inspired to join the Army.
WO2 Watts said the manager of the
station served as a captain in Papua New
Guinea and often discussed his military
"He said as a young fella it wouldn't
do me any harm to join the military and
get around seeing and experiencing dif-
ferent places," WO2 Watts said.
"I have never regretted the decision
that I made many years ago and have
thoroughly enjoyed my time.
"Although it makes me feel old, I
feel very proud and honoured to have
achieved 40 years' service and hope
that I have contributed something to the
WO2 Watts joined the infantry and
served in Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam,
Rhodesia and New Zealand.
"I have enjoyed all of my postings
and deployments but I guess the most
rewarding has been to the Officer Cadet
School (OCS) in New Zealand," he said.
"I was the first Australian warrant
officer to be posted to OCS NZ, where
for the first time young Australian
40 years in ARA
cadets graduated as officers after a very
demanding 12-month course.
"It is very rewarding to contribute
towards the training of young potential
officers, some of whom I remain in con-
tact with today."
WO2 Watts said he had wit-
nessed many changes over the years
but still liked to reflect on the "good
old days". "We worked together, played
together, we were a close-knit group."
WO2 Watts will celebrate his 60th
birthday on May 7, 2011, and serve
a further six months before retiring
with his wife to the Sunshine Coast in
In it for the long haul: WO2
Peter Watts with a photo of
himself during the early years
of his service. He has served
for 40 years in the ARA in
Photo by WO2 John McCrystal
A NUMBER of concerns have
been received over the fitting of
the current DPCU/DPDU coat.
As agreed with AHQ, work
has been carried out by DMO
to resolve the issues and has
resulted in the following chang-
es to the garment:
The number of front closure
buttons has been reduced
from six to five and have been
repositioned to sit better on the
The coat length has been
revised with the smallest sized
coat being reduced by 5cm
and the largest sized coat not
being changed. All other sizes
have had a graded reduction in
The hem width has been
increased by 4cm across the
size range to allow improved
ease of movement.
Smaller sizes have been
incorporated into the new size
Members should note the
coat is not designed to be a
tight-fitting garment. It is intend-
ed to provide free movement in
a combat situation.
The changes have been
incorporated into the latest
specifications, which will be
used in the future combat uni-
form tender. The new design will
be phased in as the old stock
If you have questions related to
clothing entitlements, clothing
prices or availability of clothing,
contact the Army Clothing Hotline
on (03) 9282 6602 or email anthony.
CA's scholarship opportunity
NOMINATIONS are open for the
CA's 'I'm an Australian Soldier'
Scholarship for 2010.
Three scholarships will be awarded
with the successful recipients travel-
ling to Turkey in April to undertake a
study tour of the Gallipoli campaign
and participate in activities to mark
the 95th anniversary of the landings.
Soldiers up to corporal are eligi-
ble for the scholarship. Individuals
or their units can apply. Nominations
close on November 30.
Further information can be found
at www.army.gov.au. Nominations
and queries can be emailed to the
Scholarship Coordination Officer at
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