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Army March 31, 2011
By Maj Nathan Juchniewicz
DEFENCE has recently procured 5000 sets
of the Crye Precision Assault Uniform in the
Multicam disruptive pattern system.
Head of Modernisation and Strategic
Planning Maj-Gen John Caligari said the uni-
forms would be issued to the close-combatant
elements of the ADF forces that regularly oper-
ated outside the wire in Afghanistan.
"Special Operations Task Group (SOTG)
have previously trialled the Crye Precision
Assault Uniform in the Multicam pattern and
formally assessed the uniform as superior in
terms of its functionality, ergonomics and sig-
nature-management capabilities," Maj-Gen
"Army now intends on extending this
capability beyond SOTG to the remainder
of the combatant force on operations within
The Director of DMO's Clothing System
Program Office, Col Haydn Kohl, said Defence
had obtained the first production run of the lat-
est Crye Precision Assault Uniforms directly
from the US to meet an operationally urgent
"The design of these uniforms is based on
the uniforms trialled by the SOTG with addi-
tional improvements to reflect feedback from
the US and other forces in the Middle East," Col
"Although our first priority is to meet the
immediate operational need, we are also inves-
tigating whether the uniform can be manufac-
tured in Australia.
"If the feedback from Afghanistan is posi-
tive, Army may decide to select this design as
the basis for the future combat uniform."
THE Crye Precision Assault Uniform is a
purely operational fighting garment. The
shirt is designed specifically to be worn
under body armour and it aims to cool
the wearer with lightweight, high-perfor-
The garment design uses a range of
rip-stop and flexible fabrics to increase
durability while maximising the wearer's
ability to move, with integrated and
removable knee and elbow pads.
Maj-Gen Caligari said the newly
formed Integrated Soldier System
Development Directorate at DMO, also
the key component of 'Diggerworks',
would use the operational fielding of the
Crye Precision Uniform as an extended
"The commanding officers of deployed
forces will be asked to provide feedback
on the new capability over the coming
months," Maj-Gen Caligari said.
"Formal trials of the Crye Precision
Assault Uniform will also occur in
Australia over the next few months so
that the soldiers involved in the trial help
inform Army's future combat-uniform
requirements, in terms of both ergonom-
ics and camouflage."
For more information on the development of
Army's combat uniform, contact the Combat
Development Cell at Army Headquarters or refer
to the MSP-A website.
New issue: The Crye Precision
Assault Uniform will be issued
to personnel operating outside
the wire in Afghanistan.
Photos by LCpl Mark Doran
Innovation: The new uniforms include velcro for attaching
existing unit and Service patches (above) and built-in,
removable knee pads (below).
By Graham McBean
ACTING CA Maj-Gen Paul Symon
has slammed "racist and homophobic"
comments made by Army personnel
on public domain social media sites.
Maj-Gen Symon said he
was appalled by the "repug-
nant comments" while
CDF ACM Angus Houston
ordered an investigation into
Pending the outcomes of
the investigation, the Army
has stated it would take
appropriate disciplinary or
administrative action against
the individuals involved.
Maj-Gen Symon said in
his view there was no place
in the Army for people who
acted with such poor judgement.
"These comments display, for all
to see, a simple lack of human decen-
cy, intelligence and compassion -- the
very qualities that set us apart from our
adversary," Maj-Gen Symon said.
"The behaviour undermines our
efforts in Afghanistan, fuelling those
who seek us harm and weakening our
efforts to win the support of the Afghan
"At home, such comments erode
the confidence of our Government, the
Australian people and, indeed, the over-
whelming majority of soldiers."
Maj-Gen Symon said the Army
should be proud of the work it undertook
but all soldiers should remain committed
to protecting its reputation.
He said he encouraged the
use and the potential for good
that social media offered
but added it could also be
"Harnessing the power of
social media can help us learn
and adapt more quickly than
ever before. But that same
power can be equally destruc-
tive when it is used inappro-
"We each have an obliga-
tion to ensure that we act with the good
of Army in mind.
"It is a serious obligation and one
for which individuals must be held to
"Unacceptable behaviour is unaccep-
table, regardless of the means through
which it is conveyed."
Maj-Gen Paul Symon's complete comments
are available at www.facebook.com/pages/
'Racist and homophobic'
CA Maj-Gen Paul
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