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Army July 21, 2011
NOW in our third year of the Strategic
Reform Program (SRP), Army has made
significant headway with reform, meeting
our savings targets for the 2010-2011 finan-
cial year. This demonstrates the commit-
ment and effort Army's people have made to
improve the way we do business.
The next challenge is to maintain momen-
tum and find more reform in the coming years.
The focus needs to be on the deep, genuine
and sustainable reform that will enable Army
to meets its future savings targets in the next
financial year and beyond.
Reform activities through SRP continue to
support Adaptive Army, ensuring that Army
remains relevant, effective and maintains its
reputation as one of the nation's most respect-
While we acknowledge the Government's
recent expansion of SRP, it is important that
we do not lose focus on achieving the original
programmed savings targets. We must now
ensure our reforms are sustainable and that we
continue to adopt a long-term focus on
By DCA Maj-Gen Paul Symon
By Andrew Stackpool
MILITARY personnel have often
questioned their faith, beliefs and
spiritual resilience during times of
major stress, conflict and combat.
Christian leaders within the
ADF recognised this and decid-
ed to find a way to help people
explore these matters, resulting in a
new DVD-based course titled Faith
The project director, Anglican
Bishop to the ADF Bishop Len
Eacott, said he was honoured to
have participated in the project.
"Several years ago a few of
us had a dream about offering a
contemporary, Australian resource
specifically tailored to support our
men and women," he said.
"[We wanted] something which
would assist in the development
and sustainment of spiritual resil-
ience, spiritual wellbeing and heal-
ing," Bishop Eacott said.
CDF Gen David Hurley
launched the course on July 5 and
said he was proud to present it to
the men and women of the ADF.
"When we share in the grief and
sorrow with families and with our
comrades in the field, the spiritual
dimension of our lives cannot be
ignored," Gen Hurley said.
Faith Under Fire is aimed at all
personnel, regardless of their ser-
vice, rank, belief or religious per-
suasions, who want to have their
It was developed specifically
for use in the Defence community
Fighting for faith
and includes stories and interviews
about the relevance of faith with
more than 40 members across each
service and a wide spread of ranks.
The course emphasises the need
for Defence personnel to consider
the nature and value of their per-
sonal faith, especially in times of
stress and critically examines the
claims made about Christianity by
putting its faith "under fire".
Course project manager Maj
David Doust from the corporate
management branch said the course
was not aimed at "God Botherers".
"It's an investigation for sol-
diers, sailors, airmen and airwomen
who are interested in understanding
the origins of the religion that has
shaped much of our country and
culture," Maj Doust said.
"The topics of belief and faith
are often overlooked and rarely dis-
cussed in Defence. People gener-
ally regard them as awkward or too
private for public debate. However,
Faith Under Fire is about challeng-
ing Defence members to construc-
tively engage with this topic.
"Spiritual resilience is as
important as physical, emotional
and mental fitness and considering
the wellbeing of the whole sail-
or, soldier, airman or airwoman is
Faith Under Fire acknowledg-
es that many other religions and
belief systems have also influ-
enced Australian society. However,
it deliberately focuses on the
Christian faith as it has had the
most significant impact on the
ADF's culture, values, laws, ethics
The DVD will be available by
early August through local chap-
lains and interested personnel can
contact them for more details.
Spiritual guidance: Maj David Doust and Bishop Len Eacott talk with CDF Gen David Hurley about
the soon-to-be-released Faith Under Fire DVD.
Photo by LAC Bill Solomou
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