Home' Army News : June 9th 2011 Contents CULTURAL AWARENESS DAY 5
Army June 9, 2011
By Sgt Andrew Hetherington
PERSONNEL around Australia
stopped work last week to watch
DVD presentations on what it
means to be an Australian sol-
dier and proposed changes to
future Army physical standards
The first and main presenta-
tion, titled Are You An Australian
Soldier? focused on topical repu-
tation issues affecting Army.
CA Lt-Gen Ken Gillespie said
recent actions by a small num-
ber of individuals had brought
discredit not just on themselves,
but on their units and the wider
"These individuals have either
made deliberate choices to act in
a certain manner, or not thought
about the consequences of their
individual actions, which dimin-
ishes the value of the very good
work undertaken by the major-
ity of Army members," Lt-Gen
"Whether it be making rac-
ist, sexist or homophobic com-
ments in the workplace, posting
offensive material to social media
sites, getting drunk and driving a
car or getting into a fight, [these]
are all examples of inappropriate
behaviour where individuals have
clearly not lived Army's values."
He said the key message that
should be taken away from the
presentations was that Army was
a great organisation and people
needed to take responsibility for
"A few people are letting us
down and the media focuses on
these instances," he said.
"Army's values of courage,
initiative and teamwork are criti-
cal to our success on operations
and at home.
"As Australian soldiers, we
each have a responsibility to live
these values both on and off duty
and people must be responsible
for their individual actions.
"Also social media is an
important enabler for the future,
but individuals need to think
about how they use it."
Following the presentations,
unit COs led discussions focus-
ing on how soldiers should also
live the Army values when out of
Gnr Sarah Hodgson, 16 AD
Regt, said the presentation was
well produced and informative.
"It was great to see actual
Think before you act
Values: "What is expected from Defence personnel is understanding, control, care, tolerance,
good judgement and above all, leadership," according to Capt Col Gill, HQ 3 Bde, pictured here
talking with Pte Tegan Densem after watching the Are You An Australian Soldier? presentation in
Photo by Maj Al Green
Soldiers speak out
Cpl Stuart Heeney, 3RAR, Holsworthy Barracks
Soldiers should realise if they engage in unaccep-
table behaviour, then they can expect to be dealt
with by the disciplinary and administrative system.
As a general rule everyone should know the differ-
ence between what's appropriate and inappropriate
behaviour. If someone has to stop and think about
what they were about to do and then don't realise
what is right and wrong and how it will affect them
and the Army, then they shouldn't be here.
I don't like to see unacceptable behaviour reported
in the media or see the Army or ADF portrayed in a
negative way, as it affects all of us.
I love being an Australian soldier and I'm proud to
do it. I've been one for 10 years and I enjoy it. It's
a good job and offers me challenges, a sense of
pride and job satisfaction.
Gnr Sarah Hodgson, 16 AD Regt, Woodside
It was great to see actual soldiers speaking about
what they felt about the issues. Most people in our
unit could relate to what was being said as a lot of
us are under the age of 25 and also use social net-
working. It's disappointing to see the media focus
on the few bad things happening in Defence com-
pared to all the good. If soldiers do the wrong thing
then they should be punished as they have not just
signed up for a job but a lifestyle. It's disappointing
for me when I see people not doing the right thing
and not taking their job seriously. It's great being
an Australian soldier. I feel so proud of the things
Army does overseas and to be a part of the team
LCpl Richard Robinson, Directorate Officer
Career Management, Russell Officers
It was good to see the message get out about what
we need to be doing as soldiers, including what
our responsibilities are with social media, what our
personal standards should be and how we work
together as soldiers. There is no place for bad
behaviour and I believe people who disrespect the
uniform and values of Army should not be here.
Bad behaviour gives Army a poor reputation to
Army's people and culture. It's disappointing to me
when the actions of a few bring the rest of us into
disrepute. Being an Australian soldier is a chance
for me to serve the country, be with mates and do
a job I love.
LCpl Shane Johnson, 3RAR, Holsworthy
I thought the presentation was relevant and using
facts and figures about what has happened was
good to see. What I found though, was that it was
reactive to current issues and most of the informa-
tion came from the month of March this year. The
presentation of information like this should be proac-
tive and brought up in training command units such
as Kapooka. To me being an Australian soldier is
getting up in the morning, putting on my uniform and
wearing the Australian flag.
Pte Alexander Coe, 8/9RAR, Gallipoli Barracks
The presentation was informative and let us know
what was expected from us not in a stuck up kind of
way. Essentially we should look after our mates and
if we see someone not doing the right thing then
we should go up and tell them to pull their heads in.
There should be more of that happening. Soldiers
not doing the right thing are absolute fools and it's
a damn shame how a few ruin it for many. The bad
publicity from their actions hurts Army. It means
everything to me to be an Australian soldier; com-
plete and utter pride.
Cpl Amy Chesson, HQ 7 Bde, Gallipoli Barracks
It was good how it used a different range people,
including civilians, partners of Defence person-
nel and people in the Army. I liked it because it
was aimed at our level instead of having someone
preaching to us about what we should be doing. I
don't like hearing about unacceptable behaviour in
Army, as it puts us into disrepute and the rest of us
have to wear it. For me being an Australian soldier
gives me pride in myself and my job, as I've always
wanted to join.
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soldiers speaking about what
they felt about the issues," Gnr
"Most people in our unit could
relate to what was being said as a
lot of us are under the age of 25
and also use social networking."
Cpl Stuart Heeney, 3RAR,
said soldiers should realise if
they engaged in unacceptable
behaviour they could expect to be
dealt with by the disciplinary and
"As a general rule anyone
should know the difference
between what's appropriate and
inappropriate behaviour," he said.
"I don't like to see unaccep-
table behaviour reported in the
media or see the Army or ADF
portrayed in a negative way, as it
affects all of us."
The main message to Army is
straightforward -- there's no place
for people who aren't willing or
able to work positively and con-
structively in a team environment.
Group session: Commander 1 Bde Brig Fergus
McLachlan (right) talks with brigade personnel after
the presentation was shown at Robertson Barracks.
Photo by Pte Jason Cimino
RSM-A talks values
By WO Stephen Ward
I WANT to reinforce what has been
said by your mates in the DVD.
I want to reinforce the fact they
stated they are very proud to wear this
I want to reinforce the fact they also
stated they are very disappointed with
those people that bring this uniform into
disrepute by their behaviour.
I will reinforce that word behaviour.
If you behave in a manner that under-
mines our ethos of service to the nation
-- that is serving the people of Australia --
if you undermine the three core values of
courage, initiative and teamwork, and if
you defy those nine core behaviours, as
well as transgress the fair go principles,
then you are breaking those rules and
you don't belong to our organisation.
You can see that by the words from
your mates in this DVD. Quite simply
they don't accept those that transgress
and act in a way that puts shame upon
them as individuals; your mates.
From my own point of view I am
extremely disappointed with anyone
who does transgress. Why is that? I am
exceptionally proud of the work our
soldiers do. I'm proud because they are
wearing this uniform. I'm proud because
they help people. You've seen it -- the
floods, the cyclones, Afghanistan, East
Timor, Solomon Islands -- we are a
If you behave in a manner that
upsets the team then you don't belong
to the team. My recommendation for
those people who do that: you don't
belong to the organisation. Pack your
bags and leave.
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