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I WOULD like to commend the
CA for his tough stance on unac-
ceptable behaviour – as a former
soldier and now a Defence public
servant I am inspired by his leader-
You can therefore imagine my
surprise when, a few days after the
CA's video address warning mem-
bers against unacceptable behav-
iour, particularly towards female
colleagues, I walked into the
AAFCANS at Gallipoli Barracks,
Enoggera, only to be greeted by
shelves full of magazines featuring
almost-naked women on the covers
right where people order coffee!
I realise these magazines
are totally legal, and no doubt
AAFCANS stocks them because
of their popularity, but I thought
it was fairly comical to see them
for sale on an Army base when
Defence's senior leadership is sup-
posedly serious about changing a
toxic culture where degrading and
sexualising women is the norm.
How can the culture change
when Army personnel can get a
dose of soft porn with their morn-
ing coffee? Couldn’t the magazines
be moved to a more discrete spot?
Brig Simone Wilkie, the Chief of
Army appointment, AAFCANS Board,
AS YOU rightly pointed out, the
magazines sold in AAFCANS and
other retail outlets such as super-
markets and newsagencies are legal.
They are also regulated by the
Australian Government based on a
classification system that restricts
the sale of certain magazines or the
places that they can be sold.
There has been debate in many
forums about publications often
referred to as men’s lifestyle maga-
zines, with some people calling for
them to be submitted for classifica-
tion; however there has also been
debate about women’s magazines
featuring similar articles or images
on the cover .
The magazines to which you
refer are commercially available
products that have a clear and
understood intent, that is, to high-
light certain aspects of lifestyle
Chief’s address to the Army creates debate
The public response continued in
the weeks after CA Lt-Gen David
Morrison released his video mes-
sage to the Army following allega-
tions of unacceptable behaviour.
In the address, the Chief set his
expectations of soldiers and offic-
ers and bluntly told anyone who
couldn’t meet the standard to “get
The video has received global
attention and generated thousands
Very powerful denunciation of
An admirable address under
exceptionally frustrating and
trying circumstances. This
ex-RAAFie applauds you.
I spent a few years in the Army
about 30 years ago. Not once did
I witness the sort of appalling
attitude to women that has been
reported. Perhaps I lived in a
bubble, but I simply did not see
evidence of it.
I wonder where the Army I
served well and faithfully for 20
years went – or did I imagine
it all? My heart breaks to hear
and see this sort of stuff. It
diminishes very unfairly the
reputations of 99.5 per cent
of the remaining good, decent
I am sick to death of seeing cer-
tain imbeciles bring the Army
into disrepute. How dare you
tarnish the ideals and image of
The YouTube version of this
video is spreading like wildfire
across US military social net-
To those who have brought
shame on to the Army, you have
no loyalty of mateship at all. You
should be ashamed of yourselves.
Not all in the ADF are involved,
only a small band. Please do not
judge the whole ADF on these
alleged perpetrators. The ADF
is filled with great loyal and car-
ing family-type men and women
whose sensitivities are in the
Time to move forward
THE latest scandal is sorted.
The CA has stated there will be no more unac-
ceptable behaviour and everyone in the organisation
has to obey. That is reality, like it or leave.
The Army is his train set for his tenure and he has
to hand over a better organisation when he leaves.
Do not forget that he has to answer to his political
bosses as well.
The Army is made up of all sorts of people.
Everyone has their own opinion but we have to work
together to get the job done as easily as possible.
Over the years I had to work with people I did not
like and I am sure the feeling was mutual. We were
successful because we took a team approach and
got the job done. Mind you I worked with more people
I did like and had a ball doing it.
A winning soldier will always cover his or her own
arcs, helping those people standing next to him or
her as if they were a brother or sister.
WO2 Steve Rogers
Army Museum of SA
Where is the Act?
THE Discrimination Act has been in the Defence for
some time now but has never been fully used and I
think it is about time.
With what is being said let’s hope it is fully imple-
mented regardless of rank.
I know this because I helped instigate it to be put
in place from the start.
Problem with the ribbon
WHY did the CA wear a non-Defence badge (the
White Ribbon) during his presentation?
All the soldiers I’ve discussed the issue with were
more concerned about what he wore, not the mes-
Are there two sets of Dress regulations now?
Regional Mental Health Team – South Queensland
WO1 David Lehr, RSM Ceremonial-Army responds:
IN ACCORDANCE with the Army Dress Manual,
Army personnel are permitted to wear non-Defence
embellishments provided appropriate approval is
The CA Lt-Gen David Morrison is an ambassador
of the White Ribbon Organisation, which campaigns
to prevent violence against women.
Due to the topic of the CA’s address, it was
appropriate for the White Ribbon embellishment to
The Australian Army’s partnership agreement
with the White Ribbon Organisation was launched in
The Army Dress Manual can be found at www.army.gov.au/
Further information on the White Ribbon Organisation can be
found at www.whiteribbon.org.au/
Magazines send mixed message
Off display: AAFCANS-run shops on ADF bases will remove any
lifestyle magazines offered in a sealed plastic sleeve.
Photo by LS Helen Frank
View Army online at
watch CA Lt-Gen
DOING ‘things right’, such as
weapon handling, orders and
fieldcraft, is very important in
War can be merciless to the
unprepared, the ill-disciplined
or the incompetent. That is
why we train hard and have
But doing the ‘right things’,
such as leading by example,
treating people with respect
and building teamwork, is
even more important, because
it creates a culture which
encourages each of us to do
When we do the right things
and do things right, we are all
members of a great Army.
The overwhelming majority
of our people do this and serve
the nation and their units with
distinction. But there are some
who don’t and others who look
the other way.
Doing things wrong can
often be quickly fixed through
fault correction, training or
re-training. Doing the wrong
things can be much more dam-
aging because it erodes trust,
confidence and teamwork , and
it damages our people and ulti-
mately our capability.
When I am told an officer
has done the wrong thing but
he or she is really good at their
job, I do not agree.
Being good at your job in
Army must mean both doing
the right things and doing
Think about it. Live it. Be
part of a great Army.
Maj-Gen Angus Campbell
Deputy Chief of Army
is part of
and fitness that appeal to segments
of our workforce and indeed our
We must be careful not to cen-
sor our environment to the point
where we are too far removed from
the community that we live in and
That said, l have discussed this
issue with the AAFCANS Board
and any lifestyle magazines that are
offered for sale in a sealed plastic
sleeve will be removed from point
of sale from AAFCANS directly
operated outlets, and licenced
traded outlets will be requested to
do the same.
Should you wish to raise your
concerns with AAFCANS directly,
write to firstname.lastname@example.org
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