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Army September 1, 2011
On duty or not?
I AM writing in reference to W.H.
Bradd's letter Origins of the veterans'
salute (Army, August 18).
I served in the Army for 18 years ARA
and 10 years GRes and followed normal
military protocols when in uniform.
Before joining the Army, I attended
many funerals of returned servicemen
with my father and, since being back in
civvy street, for some of my own former
My father explained to me that the
placing of the right hand over the left side
of the chest was in fact to cover the med-
als in respect of the fallen. In this way it
was done with the fingers extended and
not made in the form of a fist.
The main point being that the fallen
soldier was given the respect of the sol-
diers from rank and file and not by any
awards that may have been displayed by
the members attending the celebration of
another person's life.
True or not, it sounds reasonable to
me and I do not know the origins of the
practice, only what my father passed
down to me.
Veterans' salute a mark
of respect for the fallen
WE MAY all soon be entitled to an allowance
of $192 to compensate for purchasing non-
standard-issue boots (Army, July 7).
With about 25,000 ARA and 20,000 ARes per-
sonnel, this equates to over $8.5 million in cash
payments plus all the costs associated with paying
this through ROMAN.
Are we not in the middle of a $20 billion stra-
tegic reform program?
Haven't we just closed the messes at Russell
and Victoria Barracks Melbourne in the name of
Does every ARA member get uniform allow-
Does every Army member get issued boots?
This policy is beyond belief.
How is it possible that our senior leadership
can permit approval of such unnecessary expendi-
ture when we are penny pinching throughout the
How do such policies get through?
Was there an enormous cry from soldiers to
have their uniform maintenance allowance supple-
mented so that they could purchase non-standard-
issue clothing items?
By the way, I am pretty keen on the shiny
green jackets with the rising sun on the front and I
have always wanted to purchase a para jacket.
Would it be possible for AHQ to approve me
an allowance to buy these items?
Lt-Col Craig Madden
Ringwood East, Victoria
AFTER taking part in the Army
Cultural Standown day and recent
events within my sub-unit I would like
to seek clarification on a point.
Throughout the Are you an
Australian Soldier? DVD it was stated
that you are on duty 24 hours a day,
seven days a week and also that Army
values are 24/7, even when not in uni-
There are numerous policy docu-
ments which reiterate the point and rely
on the fact that military service is 24/7.
seven days a week, therefore I and
all ARA members are subject to the
Defence Force Discipline Act at all
times. This I fully commend and agree
with; we are, after all, a totally volunteer
Quite rightly then, if I have an alter-
cation over a stand down weekend,
which is subsequently deemed as unac-
ceptable behaviour, I will be subject to
the military discipline system.
However, if I have an accident over
the same stand down weekend, I would
be deemed as "not on duty". I am led
to believe that I will not be covered
by the Military Rehabilitations and
Compensation Act as it is not a service
My question is simple: how can I be
classed as on duty for one thing and not
on duty for another?
WO2 Steve Carmichael
20 STA Regt
Military culture: Defence personnel are expected to uphold the organisation's behavioural
standards on and off duty.
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