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pite this popular enthusiasm for
e however, it required the shock of
rise to military prominence to per-
he government to take the establish-
f an effective Army seriously.
ortunately, this was to be the pattern
tical support for the Army until rela-
he interwar period, the popular view
r had been abolished, combined with
ck and lingering consequences of the
Depression, encouraged governments
persuasions to cut defence spending,
larly Army spending, to unsustain-
Singapore Strategy -- a shorthand
tion of a defence policy that relied on
governments for Australia's defence
me synonymous with strategic policy
by financial concerns.
owing World War II, and despite the
f intentions, national reconstruction
ilian priority tasks began to erode the
pment of the newly established Army.
advent of the Korean War, although
ome, did help ensure our new full-
time professional Army did acquire the
essential skills and capabilities required.
Even so, when Australia went to war
in Vietnam, the same issues of inadequate
numbers and insufficient and unsatisfac-
tory equipment (and, arguably, inadequate
or inappropriate training) as had existed in
1914 and in 1939 arose again.
Short term, temporary, stop-gap meas-
ures had again to be employed to provide
the necessary capability: national service
and equipment begged, borrowed and stolen
from our major alliance partner.
Today's Army faces different circum-
stances. Our professional Army has proven
it has the skills and the dedication to meet
the tasks entrusted to it by government.
Our skills, professionalism and enthusi-
asm are well above the levels traditionally
achieved by the purely part-time force that
represented Army capabilities for the first
50 years of our existence.
Whether as a nation, however, we could
raise a force of the size, quality and esprit-
de-corps of the First and Second Australian
Imperial Force remains to be tested.
GALLIPOLI: An entire volunteer Army had to be raised to fight in World War I because of restrictions in the 1903
Defence Act, drawn up by members of parliament concerned about a national military force with too much power.
PHOTOS PROVIDED BY THE ARMY HISTORY UNIT
OGER LEE looks back on the
nd its development during the
ast 110 years.
GUINEA: In World War II, with the regular Army deployed in Africa and
e, reserve forces stepped up to defend Australia and fight the Japanese in
NAM: National Service was introduced in the Vietnam era to provide
h soldiers to meet Australia's commitment.
You get a great sense of pride wearing the flag on your arm,
both domestically and overseas.
CPL JASON LARKIN, AAVNTC
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