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Cpl Mark Doran
CA LT-GEN David Morrison made a
commitment during the International
Women's Day celebrations to foster a
more diverse and equal Army.
International Women's Day 2012 was
celebrated at AHQ during a morning tea
on March 8, which was one of a series
held nationwide to recognise the eco-
nomic, political and social achievements
Lt-Gen Morrison addressed the mili-
tary and civilian staff at the function and
said women were under represented in
"Only 9.9 per cent of Army's work-
force is women and it is a matter of
some real concern for me as CA because
it's not about gender equality; it's about
capability," Lt-Gen Morrison said.
"If nations rise because they have a
better gender balance, if organisations
prosper because of that, then Army must
be a better Army if we make our women
more prominent, give them greater
opportunity and encourage their involve-
ment across our organisation."
He acknowledged and thanked the
women in uniform and in the public
service for their great work, courage and
commitment, not just for Army but for
"I am committed, during my tenure
as CA, to opening all areas of Army to
the employment of women, should they
desire," he said.
"My second commitment is to
increase the number of women who join
"I think the combat culture is the
core to what Army is, and I am not
going to change that, but we need to be
more accommodating to gender, race
and creed. And we will be."
Lt-Gen Morrison's third commitment
is to ensure women at all rank levels
are placed in areas where they are rec-
ognised and used to the extent of their
He said this would not only ensure
women felt their careers were fulfilled,
but also that the Army thrived and pros-
pered in the service of the nation.
Cpl Max Bree
RAIN drenched the Australian
War Memorial as soldiers gath-
ered along the walls of remem-
brance for a service to mark
the Army's 111th birthday on
CA Lt-Gen David Morrison
began his address by reading the
names of soldiers killed on opera-
tions in 2011, to highlight the
close connection between Army
service and the loss of mates.
"Personal loss is a part of our
"Sacrifice to the nation and its
people is inextricably linked to
who we are and what we stand
for," Lt-Gen Morrison said.
"They are remembered because
without remembrance we, the liv-
ing, the recipients of their legacy,
would not be holding true to the
Army values that bind us togeth-
er."Upholding the Army's values
was often easier said than done,
according to the CA.
"There is no place in the Army
for those who choose the softer
wrong over the harder right.
"No place for those who lack
respect for the wonderful diversity
that is evident in our ranks."
Lt-Gen Morrison also noted the
great respect the Army enjoyed
from the Australian community.
"We see this in the expressions
of grief and respect from our fel-
low citizens which occurs each
Soldiers celebrate and remember for Army birthday
CA committed to
Equal opportunities: CA Lt-Gen David Morrison speaks with Cpl Erin Moore
and Pte Camilla Masland, of AFG, on women's day.
Photo by Lauren Black
SOLDIERS REFLECT ON BIRTHDAY
Cpl Jodie Briddock, DOCM
"Being a clerk you get to interact
with everybody across all ranks.
The Army is a very versatile career;
you're not restricted to the posting
that you get."
Cpl Kylie Walters, 5 Avn Regt
"They let me fly in a Black Hawk
chopper and they're sending me to
France this year. There are a lot of
opportunities to do different stuff."
Gnr Chris Burke, AFG
"I love the mateship. You do get
job satisfaction and it's just a good
organisation to be in."
Sig Matt Burgess, DSD
"Meeting new people is great and
it's rewarding by knowing you're
actually making a difference. That's
not something you can do in a lot of
Cpl Sinead Bacigalupa, APAC
"I enjoy the lifestyle the most. The
Army's like a family; they have more
of an understanding if anything hap-
pens to you. And you get to travel."
Cpl Ryan Sanderman, 9DUP
"When I left the Army I didn't want
to cut my ties. I have a lot of friends
still serving but I wanted to move on
in a different direction. The reserves
gives the best of both worlds."
time a soldier is killed on opera-
tions," he said.
"We see it in the way our sol-
diers are welcomed home from
overseas deployments or when they
perform with energy and compas-
sion to support those Australians
afflicted by natural disasters."
The Army's 111th year is likely
to be busy and involve significant
Lt-Gen Morrison has been
pushing for amphibious capabil-
ity development, which is set to
advance significantly this year
with the addition of the amphibi-
ous warship HMAS Choules to the
Looking forward: CA Lt-Gen David Morrison addresses
attendees at Army Birthday celebrations in Canberra.
Photo by Cpl Christopher Dickson
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