Home' Army News : August 1st 2013 Contents MORE than 7000 soldiers and offic-
ers have expressed their concerns and
preferences for Army’s polyester uni-
forms in a survey for the Army cloth-
RSM-A WO Dave Ashley said the
feedback provided a valuable insight,
contributing to an amendment of the
Army Dress Manual.
“The aim was to have at least 20 per
cent of Army engaged through the non-
combat clothing review survey,” he said.
“I am stoked that we received 7384
responses, which is 27.8 per cent of our
officers and soldiers with access to the
“We also received responses in hard
copy and by direct e-mail.
WO Ashley said the views, opinions
and suggestions in the survey results
came from every rank in the Army
including 1567 privates, 890 warrant
officer class 2s, 783 majors and five
“The results indicate that Army mem-
bers are reasonably satisfied with the
polyester uniforms, contributing to the
determination that a design change is not
required. Therefore the earlier plan to
create exemplar uniforms and conduct a
road show is no longer required,” he said.
A number of improvements to the
general duty dress uniform were pro-
posed by the survey respondents includ-
■ The need for a cold weather option.
■ An increase in the size range and com-
fort of the shirt and skirt.
■ A change to the parade boots, which
were deemed unacceptable by many.
■ The proposed WO2 rank was not pre-
ferred over the current design.
■ Rank insignia for other ranks should
remain on the sleeve.
In addition to these improvements,
the survey results included comment on
enhancing corps identity.
“Army is currently progressing a
replacement parade boot and the size
range for polyesters has been increased,”
WO Ashley said.
“As a result of the current stock levels
of polyester rank for WO2, the proposed
design will not be pursued and the rank
will remain on the sleeve.
“Any future uniforms or items must
meet three criteria. The item must work
and be fit for purpose, we must be able
to afford it and the items must meet the
appearance expectations of our people.”
In regard to enhanced corps identity,
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Army August 1, 2013
added to the menu
WITH almost a century of service to
diggers, AAFCANS is undergoing a
national upgrade of its facilities.
AAFCANS Managing Director
Stewart McGrow said he expected
all outlets and mobile food vans to
have completed a facelift by the end
of this year.
“This year, the money we’ve
been able to generate though our
outlets and mobile food vans has
primarily gone towards a national
renovation plan,” Mr McGrow said.
“Around a quarter of AAFCANS
outlets have already experienced
major improvements, including new
furniture and merchandising, fresh
paint, free Wi-Fi and Foxtel services,
professional signage and modern
food displays, where possible.”
Mr McGrow said because
AAFCANS was a Defence-owned
resource it was committed to rein-
vesting funds back into the Army
and Air Force.
“AAFCANS disburses 75 per
cent of all profits made from its
vending machines to base SADFOs
and Air Force welfare groups to be
spent on local Defence initiatives,”
“As a result of our recent cus-
tomer survey, which attracted the
input of over 1300 personnel, we’re
making efforts to reduce queue times
and make AAFCANS a convenient
place to shop.
“We will be installing modern
tills, payWave systems and state-of-
the-art self-service cabinets in most
Mr McGrow said AAFCANS’
purpose was to make life on base
better for Defence members and
“Our team is working hard to
make this a reality,” he said.
For more information on AAFCANS go to
Uniform design change not needed: Survey
RSM-A said, “Chief of Army respects
your views and as a result he has decided
that from August 1 our corps shoulder
flashes will again be worn on appropriate
items of dress.”
Good advice: Lodge DVA claims early
TRANSITIONING from the ADF
is being made easier by on-base
advisers who can work through the
often complex claims process within
the Department of Veterans’ Affairs
Established as part of the joint
ADF/DVA Support for Wounded,
Injured or Ill Program in October
2011, the On-Base Advisory Service
has DVA staff available at more than
35 ADF bases across Australia.
There has been a strong increase
in the number of serving and tran-
sitioning ADF personnel using the
service. In 2012, the service received
about 7500 enquiries nationally.
Many serving members think
they don’t need to lodge a claim
with DVA until after they leave the
ADF, but there are benefits of lodg-
ing claims early. For soldiers injured
or who fall ill as a result of their
service, a claim should be lodged
with DVA as close to the event as
possible. This will result in the claim
being processed more quickly.
For more information, go to
www.dva.gov.au/obas.htm or call 133 254,
or 1800 555 254 (regional callers).
Comfortable: A survey suggests
Army members are reasonably
satisfied with the polyester uniforms.
The AIF Canteen Service was
established in 1915 by Alice
Chisholm, mother of a light
Her canteens were operated
to support troops overseas dur-
Diggers flocked to them to
find the comforts of home.
There have been a few name
changes over their 98 years of
1915-20: AIF Canteen Service
1920-39: Army Garrison
1940-45: ADF Canteen
1945-47: Interim Canteen
1948-59: Army and Air Force
1959-79: Australian Canteen
1979-2012: Frontline Defence
2012: Army and Air Force
Canteen Service (AAFCANS)
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