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Army November 24, 2011
ON NOVEMBER 4, I attended the
parade at Gallipoli Barracks, Enoggera
to present the Governor-General's
Banner to the Royal Australian Army
The parade was simply excellent,
particularly given Duncan Oval is one of
the most difficult venues for such a large
Despite an uneven grass parade
ground and significant distractions due
to the very large volume of heavy traf-
fic, the drill was first rate, the dress and
bearing of those on parade and those in
support excellent and the attitudes of the
RAAMC reflective of Army's values.
As usual the Australian Army Band
support was outstanding.
I would like to recognise the great
work of RSM 2HSB WO1 Ross
McGregor who designed, trained and
conducted the parade.
Given that a parade of this magnitude
would not normally fall to a unit RSM,
the demands of Exercise Hamel and the
Health Restructure, and training time
constraints, such an efficient and well-
conducted parade is particularly note-
worthy. The parade itself is just the end
result of months of significant hard and
I challenge other corps and regiments
conducting similar activities to match the
great work of RAAMC at this most sig-
nificant ceremonial event.
The Royal Australian Army Medical
Corps, and the people in it, are awesome.
WO David Ashley
-- Full parade coverage page 5
Medical parade sets
a high standard
I'D LIKE to invoke some discussion
in the public forum about water con-
tributions for people living in Rental
Assistance (RA) settings.
My family and I find ourselves in a nice
house with RA as we have just moved to an
outer Melbourne region as part of my post-
ing and there are no properties that meet our
basic family composure.
The property has an indoor spa in the
main bathroom and an outdoor spa in the
backyard, and although these are nice to
have, they are expensive to run when paying
for the water.
As we are all aware, in a DHA residence
there is a fortnightly charge for excess water
which alleviates any and all water bills for
Is the calculation for RA contributions
based on annual rental prices and adjusted
regularly to reflect common trends in rent?
Does this calculation include a water
excess calculation because if not, would that
create a mismatch between service residence
and RA calculations?
I have researched Pacman and found
nothing which mentions any financial event
other than rent, bond and furniture lease.
I have contacted DHA and was informed
that the water cost is between us and the real
estate agent (legislation changed recently
empowered landlords to force water costs
onto the renter).
reimbursed in the future for a cost that was
covered in the past without a change in my
scenario, my family would be very relieved.
Sgt Colin Rout
IIS Training Team
Defence Plaza Melbourne
I WAS shocked to learn that (at our unit) it was
a member's responsibility to purchase the new
Army nameplate and that we had been directed/
ordered to do this and provided with an order
form to facilitate this requirement.
Although the cost to order the new nameplate
is only around the $16 mark, it begs the question
-- what next? For example, if Defence decided to
again change our uniform, is it now going to be the
serving members' responsibility to purchase and
pay for these new uniforms out of our own salaries?
I understand that we all receive uniform main-
tenance allowance, but isn't that intended to be
used for, as the name would imply, "uniform main-
tenance" and not "purchase of new item due to
I am also aware that some units have simply
accepted the cost and have purchased these new
nameplates for members to wear at no cost to the
I don't think it fair that some members have to
pay out of their own pockets to cover the cost of
these items while other members have the same
items purchased for them at no extra cost.
I understand that if an item is lost or damaged
then it should (in most cases) be up to the member
to pay for it, but I don't think a change in design
warrants members incurring an out-of-pocket
One would think that if the Army decided to
implement a new design for an item of dress and
order us to wear it, then the Army should at least
cover the cost of that initial or first issue.
Sgt Fiona Morgan
Gallipoli Barracks, Enoggera
cover the cost of
Is RA water covered?
Going dry: While members in DHA houses pay an averaged excess water charge, some
members in RA accommodation are required to pay their own water bills.
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