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Cpl Mark Doran
THE Army's uniform survey results will
be consolidated in October before recom-
mendations are presented to the CA.
Only on the DRN, the survey is to
review Army's current ceremonial and
general duty dress uniforms in order to
develop more contemporary solutions.
The intent is to understand the cur-
rent service needs and, where necessary,
reshape the uniforms while maintaining
the uniquely Australian look and style.
RSM-A WO David Ashley said now
was the last chance for soldiers to com-
plete the survey as part of Phase 3 of the
Non-Combat Clothing Review.
"We must close the survey during
October to allow the report to be written
in time and produce the example uniforms
for a broader review during an Army-wide
road show," he said.
"Our aim was to access 20 per cent of
our people through the survey or close to
"We have had over 8000 responses to
date but need 1400 more to get on to the
intranet and follow the links."
In answering the uniform survey ques-
tions soldiers will be asked to consider
comfort, durability, cost and appearance
and comment boxes have been included to
allow specific opinions to be voiced.
Fill out the survery on the DRN at http://intranet.
to have a say
Think before you comment or 'like', RSM-A says
WO David Ashley
I AM very much into retention, but would
be happy to see the tail-end of a soldier
who pushes the 'like' button on a racist
As RSM-A, I would like to remind all
soldiers of my views on social media.
I am a soldier and also a citizen.
I also know the difference in terms of
privacy and in the terms of my duties and
responsibilities as a soldier.
I have personal views and am entitled
to have them.
I can speak with close friends and
family on subjects such as politics
because I vote, but never in a medium
which is open, such as social media.
My daughter Erin, who is a secondary
school teacher in South Australia, raised a
point with me recently.
She spends her working life with
young people and said they only compre-
"They can't understand the long-term
consequences of their actions," she said.
And soldiers also need to be responsi-
ble, cautious and think ahead.
An unaimed shot from social media is
just like a shot from an unaimed rifle.
Once the 'bullet' is discharged it can
hit and ricochet into anything and anyone,
causing damage and destruction.
Social media is akin to speaking in ear-
shot of everyone you don't want to listen in
to your conversations.
There is no such thing as a closed site.
Reputation and brands are valuable
Damage to reputation and brand is
no different from damage to equipment,
plant and machinery, only it's much
harder to repair and potentially much
I don't think it is unreasonable to dis-
cipline an officer or soldier who brings
our Army down using social media as it
will affect our wellbeing.
I don't think it is unreasonable to
sanction someone who brings reputational
damage, diminishes another soldier's pri-
vacy or breaches security, potentially risk-
ing our mates' lives or mission success.
We are entrusted with the nation's pro-
tection and we are a disciplined, egalitar-
ian and trusted national institution.
NEW FACEBOOK OFFENCES SHAME ARMY
SOLDIERS are in the spotlight
again after inappropriate com-
ments were posted to an indi-
vidual's Facebook page about
recent protests in Sydney.
RSM-A WO David Ashley
said soldiers had to realise their
actions on social media could
reflect on the whole Army.
"Whether your page is open
or closed, everything that you
say and do is scrutinised by the
public, because of the uniform
you wear and the expectations
that are rightly put on all mem-
bers of the ADF," he said.
"Army is looking into this
case and charges may be laid
or other action taken if members
are found to have done the
WO Ashley said out of this
most recent incident, DFDA
charges may be laid.
"Even if personnel comment
on a closed site and those com-
ments are made public by some-
one inside the
group sharing a
screen shot that
they have taken,
then the person
the comment is
liable to DFDA
and or adminis-
trative action," he
social media and
has processes for
and working with
mands to take
personnel who bring Army's repu-
tation into disrepute.
CA LT-GEN David Morrison has
directed all units to conduct a
two-hour mental health awareness
activity, to coincide with National
Mental Health Week from October
Army Health Director Col Len
Brennan said the activity aimed
to raise awareness of the preva-
lence of mental health injury in the
"The aim is to break down stig-
ma and barriers to seeking care,
and to help you know when, how
and where to seek help for your-
self, your mates and your families,"
At unit and company level, sol-
diers will come together to view
and then discuss the Dents in the
Soul DVD on post-traumatic stress
The DVD shows soldiers telling
their own stories about how they
developed PTSD and how it was
successfully treated. Soldiers will
have the opportunity to ask ques-
tions about PTSD and learn more
about how it can affect them, their
mates and their families.
Lt-Gen Morrison spoke with
wounded soldiers who suffered
or were recovering from men-
tal health injuries at the 2012
Wounded, Injured and Ill Digger
Forum last month. Many of these
soldiers felt there was stigma asso-
ciated with having a mental health
The stigma often leads to a
reluctance to seek treatment, social
withdrawal and feelings of poor
self-worth, which in turn can lead
to abuse of alcohol and drugs.
Most often, stigma against peo-
ple with a mental health injury
involves inaccurate information.
"Of particular concern is the
inaccurate belief that coming for-
ward to seek help will prevent
members from deploying and lead
to medical discharge," Col Brennan
"We want to tackle the stigma
head-on by talking openly about
mental health and highlighting that
there are many soldiers who have
successfully recovered from mental
health injuries and are now pursu-
ing full and rewarding careers in
Time to lift
A week to focus on mental health
Getting the word out: Participants in the Wounded, Injured and Ill
Digger Forum last month listened to Defence Science and Personnel
Minister Warren Snowdon's speech about the importance of ADF
members looking after their own and each other's mental health and
getting the help they need.
Photo by Cpl Nick Wiseman
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