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Army July 4, 2013
RECENTLY I had the honour of partici-
pating in the 2013 Mateship Trek – Wau
This trek followed the Black Cat
Trail to mark the 70th Anniversary of the
WWII campaigns in this area.
The Mateship Trek is an initiative
established in 2009 to bring together
young Australians from different back-
grounds to learn about each other, their
potential and the Australian military.
The treks are conducted every two years
and are about raising money for charity,
raising awareness of our military history,
building friendships between young peo-
ple of different backgrounds and build-
ing leadership skills.
This year the Mateship Trek part-
nered with Soldier On, the charity that
supports wounded soldiers and their
families, and also conducted fundraising
to support the villages along the Black
Cat Trail, where our troops were sup-
ported 70 years ago.
During this trek I had the privilege
of meeting some fine young Australians,
most of whom had been picked due to
their strong leadership potential, and I
must say I was left impressed by them.
However, I was even more impressed
by two young soldiers that I met on the
trek. The first was a young private from
5RAR, the second a corporal from 2
Both of these young soldiers were
tireless in their efforts during the trek,
often forging the way ahead only to
come back once camp had been reached
to assist others with their load.
Both young men inspired the
other young Australians around them
with their actions, but both were quite
Both of these young men also quite
bravely shared with the other members
of the group the grim details of their
experiences in Afghanistan.
The young private’s tale in particular
moved most of those present to tears.
Both soldiers’ conduct throughout the
trek brought credit to themselves, their
units and the Army.
I would like to say well done to both
soldiers and to say that if they are the
future of our Army, then it is in good
WO2 Mark Warde
Australian Defence Staff – PNG
ONCE again I have opened a newspa-
per to see a football team conducting
some pre-season training or team bond-
ing activity with the Army.
And again, it seems every time a
major sporting team do one of these
activities they are wearing either DPCU
or Desert DPCU.
I get peeved off when I see these
groups wearing what is our uniform; the
that all Defence
or are likely
to wear when
we take pride in
and are proud to
dressed in for
15-20 years and
The uniform that shows we are
members of the ADF.
The uniform we wear every day.
The uniform that makes us different
to the everyday Australian.
The uniform that many have fought
in and died in.
Surely they can conduct these
activities in other or similar clothing. It
cheapens the uniform and who we are.
WO2 Alan Tarr
WO1 David Lehr, RSM Ceremonial-Army,
THE DPCU material and uniform is a
popular garment that is available to be pur-
chased by civilians from stores.
The ADF has no authority to control or
that prevent civil-
ians from wearing
DPCU or parts of
that are delivered
by the ADF are
authorised to wear
DPCU during the
DPCU is a pro-
tective dress that
we authorise to
wear to ensure that
those personnel undertaking training are
provided the equipment to train in a safe
If the group being trained does not
intentionally damage or disrespect the
uniform, it provides positive exposure for
the Army, creates team cohesion and esprit
de corps, as well as providing a protective
uniform for the training.
Uniform is for soldiers
Should civilians be allowed to wear DPCU when doing training and public relations activities with the Army?
Trek shows future
is in good hands
Wear and tear: Civilians may be given DPCU to wear during promotional activities with the Army for
Photo by Cpl Max Bree
on: WO2 Mark
on the 2013
from Wau to
File photo by
LCpl Kyle Genner
If the group being
trained does not
or disrespect the
uniform, it provides
positive exposure for
the Army ...
– WO1 David Lehr,
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