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Army January 31, 2013
SOLDIERS from Australia's Federation Guard
are evaluating new boots to replace the current
in-service patent leather parade boot.
The Clothing Systems Program Office is testing
boots from five manufacturers to make sure they are
up to the task and will fit the widest range of male
and female soldiers.
AHQ's Clothing and Personnel Equipment offic-
er, Maj Mark Tucker, said Army decided to replace
the patent leather lace-up style boot with a full-grain
leather, elastic-sided style boot with a fully stitched
"This style and design of boot will provide Army
with a more versatile, durable and longer-lasting
parade boot that soldiers can wear with all forms of
non-combat uniform," he said.
"The selected parade boot will be in service
with Army for the foreseeable future, so we need to
RSM-A WO Dave Ashley said it was great to see
some traction on replacing the deficient parade boot.
"I think that any of the boots being evaluated
will overcome our sole separation issues and most
of the boots look great," he said.
"They have a distinctive Australian look and
obvious quality which will ensure they last for the
"The selected boot will be brush polished and
the full-grain leather will ensure a great shine and
look while being easy to maintain.
"Unlike the current patent leather boots they can
be easily repaired if they get scratched or dented,
with a bit of elbow grease, a good brush and a can
"I'm looking forward to seeing our officers and
soldiers wearing them, as they deserve decent foot-
Maj Tucker said it was planned to have the
tender finalised in April, with orders to be placed
immediately after signing.
This will mean that delivery of the new parade
boot should start around mid-year, with the first
boots going to newly enlisted soldiers and officers
at Kapooka, Duntroon and ADFA.
"All members of the Army will receive a pair
of the new parade boots as an initial free issue and
thereafter replace the boots using uniform allow-
ance," he said.
Army plans to have the new parade boot issued
to all soldiers by the end of 2016.
New parade boots tested
Full-grain leather boots to be sturdier and will require polis
THE last two ASLAVs serving in
the MEAO have ended operational
patrols, completing their tour of
duty with a range shoot at the
Multinational Base Tarin Kot heavy
weapons range late last year.
The vehicles were serviced and
disassembled for the journey home.
OC of the 3RAR Task Group
Mobility Support Combat Team
(MSCT), Maj Patrick Davison, said
it was the end of an era.
"ASLAVs were used exten-
sively for nine years in Iraq and
Afghanistan," Maj Davison said.
"We used our vehicles in 58
combat missions between June and
The personnel of MSCT were
drawn from the ranks of 2/14LHR
(QMI), 2CER, 6RAR, 1 Regt RAA
and 7 Bde.
Bushmasters, a platoon of infantry,
a Joint Fires Observer, a section of
combat engineers and a medic, the
MSCT performed four main roles.
"We provided mentoring support
to the 4th Combat Support Kandak,
provided tactical mobility around the
provinces for forward operating base
personnel, escorted logistic convoys
and served in a quick reaction force
function," Maj Davison said.
"We were extremely busy from
the day we arrived and operated
widely across Uruzgan province,
clocking up more than 4000km on
the roads during operations."
Tpr Michael McSorley, an
ASLAV gunner with MTF 4,
deployed to Afghanistan in 2010
with MTF 1 as an ASLAV driver.
"I've seen a lot of changes in
Afghanistan during this deployment
since being here two years ago," Tpr
"For me Afghanistan feels safer
now compared to back then.
"Two years ago there were a lot
more contacts and IED incidents.
The work done since then paved the
way for us feeling safe, particularly
around Tarin Kot."
End of mission: Mobility Support Combat Team members from left, Lt Tom Day, Tpr Mitchell Haig, Tpr
Michael McSorley, Maj Patrick Davison, Cpl Glen Grosvenor, Tpr Kenny O'Brien and Tpr Peter Chivers at
Multinational Base Tarin Kot heavy weapons range.
Photo by WO2 Andrew Hetherington
ASLAV mission ends
New boots: Cpl Kristy McMillen and Tpr Stephen Gavin, of Australia's Federation Guard, try on the full-grain leather elastic-sided boots
on trial to replace the current parade boot.
Photo by Cpl Aaron Curran
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