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Army July 7, 2011
New boots allowance
SOLDIERS who choose to wear
approved non-issued boots on opera-
tions and exercises will be eligible
for a partial reimbursement from
September in a limited 'cost offset'
The trial, which will initially only
be open to troops deploying with
MTF 4, will make it easier for eligi-
ble soldiers to purchase CA-approved
Announcing the initiative, Defence
Materiel Minister Jason Clare said it
aimed to make it easier for soldiers to
choose the footwear best suited to their
"One of the most important pieces
of personal equipment a soldier has is
their boots," he said.
Mr Clare said the current standard-
issue boots were proven general-pur-
pose boots, but Defence recognised
one boot did not fit all.
A CA's message outlining the trial
has been released to commanders.
CA Directive 05/08 authorised
soldiers to buy, at their own expense,
endorsed non-issued boots for use on
operations and exercises.
Over the next 12-18 months, the
cost offset trial will examine ways in
which soldiers can be reimbursed par-
tial costs of the purchase of approved
boots and assess the long-term viabil-
ity of the cost offset arrangement.
From September, Phase 1 of the
trial will involve only those troops
deploying as part of MTF 4. This
group was chosen to focus the trial on
a controlled group and allow members
to train with new boots during pre-
Approved boots bought from an
Australian supplier will attract a reim-
bursement of $192 (GST inclusive).
This is equivalent to the Defence pur-
chase price for a pair of the in-ser-
vice combat boots. Reimbursement
for boots bought from an international
supplier will be $175, since GST does
not apply to those purchases.
During Phase 1 of the trial, reim-
bursement will be made via ROMAN,
resulting in payment to the member's
nominated bank account.
Eligible members buying endorsed
boots from August 1 must present a
claim form and receipt to authorised
staff to obtain the reimbursement.
Claims are not to be submitted until
Phase 1 of the trial formally commenc-
es in accordance with an AHQ trial
directive yet to be issued.
The trial will not provide reim-
bursement for more than one pair of
boots per eligible member. Defence
will not reimburse replacement of lost,
defective or unserviceable endorsed
Reimbursement for purchase of
endorsed combat boots will not attract
fringe benefits tax and will therefore
have no impact on government welfare
payments such as family assistance
and child maintenance.
More detailed information will be
issued through the chain of command
in the trial directive.
NON-standard-issue boots approved
for field use include:
Altama 4158 3LC Hot Weather
Belleville M590 or M591 Hot Weather
Bates 30501 Durashock Desert
Crossfire Peacekeeper Plus
Danner Arcadia Desert
Meindl Desert Fox Safari
Lowa Urban Desert
Garmont T8 Multi Terrain
Best fit: Soldiers who choose to buy non-standard boots from the
CA's approved boots list will soon be able to claim a reimbursement
for the cost of the standard-issue boot (pictured). Photo by John Wellfare
THE scoping inquiry for the proposed
commission of inquiry into the ADF's
Prohibited Substance Testing Program
(PSTP) in the MEAO has been
The inquiry found a commission of
inquiry may adversely affect civil and
disciplinary processes and determined it
should not proceed.
The scoping inquiry and an ADFIS
investigation were started after a deployed
soldier, identified as Pte D, was found
unconscious in his room in Tarin Kot on
May 28 last year.
ADFIS completed follow-up
inquiries requested by the Director
of Military Prosecutions in late May
and the matter was referred to the
Commonwealth Director of Public
Former CDF ACM Angus Houston
determined a commission of inquiry into
the specific incident involving Pte D was
unlikely to provide any more information
beyond that already obtained by the scop-
ing inquiry or the investigation completed
ACM Houston said he had requested
that the Inspector General of the ADF
conduct an audit of the ADF's PSTP,
which was last reviewed in 2007-08.
"It is vital we know with certainty the
current PSTP is achieving its objectives
of deterring prohibited drug use and iden-
tifying any member who is endangering
their safety or the safety of others through
prohibited drug use," ACM Houston said.
Drug testing review
after MEAO inquiry
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