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Army March 28, 2013
SOLDIERS can now access the
new Army Dress Manual for guid-
ance on uniform policy.
Last month, CA Lt-Gen David
Morrison released the new Army
Dress Manual to replace the
Army Standing Orders for Dress
DGPers-A Col Tony Hambleton
said the new Army Dress Manual
would help officers and soldiers
be prepared when organising their
"This new Army Dress Manual
is more efficient and will make it
easier for all personnel to under-
stand what dress is required when
attending Army events," he said.
"It will be available from the
Army website and intranet to
ensure easy access for all of our
soldiers, including reservists."
The Army Dress Manual
includes updated dress policy sup-
ported by images. It has also been
condensed into one volume with
six chapters for greater practicality.
ASOD has become obsolete
from March 1 and is now no longer
The Army Dress Manual will
not be distributed in hard copy
to any unit, commander, RSM
or Defence organisation, but a
PDF version is available on the
Authorised personnel can wear the
Australian Multi-Pattern Uniform.
Women can wear cosmetics, fin-
gernail varnish and make-up in line
with the stipulated colours outlined
in the new policy.
Women with long hair may now
wear their hair in different styles
that allow them to wear all forms of
Women are allowed to wear
5mm diamond stud earrings with
General Duty Dress (DPCU).
Women are allowed to wear 5mm
gemstone earrings with mess
dress orders of dress.
The policy on Sikh religious dress
has been included.
The Socomd dress policy towards
wearing Special Forces items and
accoutrements has been updated,
particularly in relation to a person
posted out of Socomd.
The Sam Browne belt is to be
worn by RSM and Adjt while wear-
ing general duty orders of dress
other than DPCU.
Women may wear slacks blue/
black with mess dress orders of
dress as a substitute to wearing
Restrictions to the wearing of para
smocks have been removed to
allow personnel to wear this gar-
ment in the field.
All orders of dress tables have
been updated with accoutrements
and embellishment detail.
Triservice equivalencies of dress
have been included to assist per-
sonnel posted to a joint or triserv-
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New document and updates make it easier to understand
"Army is developing an inter-
active publication, which will
allow all personnel to access the
dress manual and use links that
will assist them to apply the poli-
cy," Col Hambleton said.
The interactive publication will
be released later this year.
Personnel with questions in
relation to the new manual should
first approach their unit or sub-unit
RSM or CSM.
Download the new Army Dress Manual at
For more information on Army's dress policy
contact RSM Ceremonial WO1 David Lehr.
PERSONNEL who are eligible for a
Register of Tertiary Education (RATE)
certificate for qualifications gained
between 1974 and 1999 have until June
30 to make an application before the
recognition system is phased out.
Education and Training
Development officer Col Debra
Bradford, of HQ Forcomd, said RATE
certificates were phased out from 1998
and replaced by nationally accepted
qualifications from registered training
"We've been providing nationally
recognised qualifications and state-
ments of attainment for training com-
pleted since 2000 through Army RTO,"
"RATE certificates are no longer
being recognised or accepted by indus-
try or educational institutions through-
out Australia, so there's no reason for
Army RTO to keep issuing them."
As Army RTO stops accepting
RATE applications, it will start auto-
matically issuing RTO qualifications
and statements of attainment for train-
ing completed from July 1.
"Members will automatically receive
their nationally recognised qualification
at the time it is awarded rather than ret-
rospectively," Col Bradford said.
"This will speed up the process
for everyone and reduce unnecessary
Personnel can still apply retrospec-
tively for recognition of RTO qualifica-
tions gained from 2000-2013.
To make a RATE or Army RTO application, go to
the Defence Qualifications website at
system to be replaced
Clarity: The new Army Dress Manual aims to be more concise and clearly define appropriate dress for
CA LT-GEN David Morrison has author-
ised a temporary variation to the new
Army Dress Manual for Anzac Day.
This year Army personnel, both regu-
lar and reserve, are permitted to wear
uniform on Anzac Day whether on duty
or participating voluntarily.
Reserve members who are not part of
official duties are deemed by the policy
to be volunteers.
As in previous years, Army personnel
are not permitted to consume alcohol in
a public place or enter public licensed
establishments in uniform.
Uniform permitted for Anzac Day
Proud: All Army personnel can wear uniform on Anzac Day. If soldiers are not
on duty then they can be considered volunteers. File photo by WO2 Graham McBean
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