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Australian Army

Australian Army
Military unit
Unit nameAustralian Army
Founded1 March 1901 � Present
Size27,828 (Regular)
17,064 (Active Reserve)
12,496 (Standby Reserve)
Part ofAustralian Defence Force
EngagementsSecond Boer War
World War I
World War II
Korean War
Malayan Emergency
Indonesian Confrontation
Vietnam War
War in Somalia
East Timor
Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands
War in Afghanistan
Iraq War
Chief of the Defence ForceACM Angus Houston AC, AFC
Chief of ArmyLTGEN Ken Gillespie AO, DSC, CSM
Deputy Chief of ArmyMAJGEN Paul Symon AO
Commander Forces CommandMAJGEN David Morrison AO
FM William Birdwood, 1st Baron Birdwood
GEN Sir John Monash
GEN Sir Henry Chauvel
FM Sir Thomas Blamey
GEN Peter Cosgrove

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The Australian Army is Australia's military land force. It is part of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) along with the Royal Australian Navy and the Royal Australian Air Force. While the Chief of Defence (CDF) commands the Australian Defence Force (ADF), the Army is commanded by the Chief of Army (CA). The CA is therefore subordinate to the CDF, but is also directly responsible to the Minister for Defence. Although Australian soldiers have been involved in a number of minor and major conflicts throughout its history, only in World War II has Australian territory come under direct attack.

The Australian Army's mission is to provide a potent, versatile, and updated Army to promote the security of Australia and protect its people. Further, the Army's key doctrine publication, The Fundamentals of Land Warfare, states that "the Army’s mission is to win the land battle".

Australian Army Video

Video footage released by the Australian military of the crash of an Army helicopter in November 2006. The helicopter is seen coming in above regulation speed and skids off the eastern side of the rear of the frigate, breaking the tail rotor off and sending the rest of the helicopter spinning into the ocean. Two naval servicemen died as a result. I hope this video isnt viewed as means of 'entertainment' like a number of the others, instead a reflection upon the extraordinary conditions our servicemen/women are placed in that us ordinary people take for granted.
0.45 min. | 4.49 user rating TV advertisement for the Australian Army
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Vietnam War. The Vietnam War caused great social and political dissent. Conscripts were sent to Vietnam. Many draft resisters, conscientious objectors, and protesters were fined or gaoled, while soldiers met a hostile reception on their return home. From 1962 approximately 50000 Australians, including ground troops, air force and navy personnel served in Vietnam. 520 died and close to 2400 were wounded. The Battle of Long Tan is arguably the most famous battle fought by the Australian Army during the Vietnam War. It was fought in a rubber plantation near the village of Long Tan, about 4 km north-east of Vung Tau, South Vietnam on August 18-19, 1966. The action occurred when D Company of the 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (6RAR), part of the 1st Australian Task Force (1 ATF), encountered the Viet Cong (VC) 275 Regiment and elements of the D445 Local Forces Battalion. D Company was supported by other Australian units, as well as New Zealand and United States personnel. Just over 100 diggers withstood the best efforts of over 1500 Viet Cong soldiers to kill them. Australian losses were 18 killed and 21 wounded. The battle is often used in Australian officer training as an example of the importance of combining and coordinating infantry, artillery, armour and military aviation. Australian Infantry Regiments in the Vietnam War. 1 RAR 2 tours May 1965 - July 1966 January 1968 - January 1969 2 RAR 2 tours March 1967 - June 1968 April 1970 - June 1971 3 RAR 2 tours <b>...</b>
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The Chaser's War on Everything - Australian Army Recruitment Drive
1.87 min. | 4.65 user rating The Australian Army putting some ordnance downrange.
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The only working order T-34/85 tank in Australia is located at the Bandiana Army Museum, near the Australian rural center of Albury-Wodonga. This unique piece of war history is believed to have been present at the Battle of Berlin. The tank is shown in working order, is taken out and driven around, and information on the many varied and interesting technical details of the tank are presented. A must for serious scale modelers and military history buffs, this film shows the T-34 tank, probably the finest piece of Soviet World War 2 equipment, "up close and personal". The Australian Army Museum at Bandiana is probably the most accessible and informal Army Museum in Australia, combining superb and unusual items of military history with friendly and dedicated staff. This museum is well worth visiting for both local and international tourists. We are indebted to the staff at the museum for allowing access to this footage. Many thanks to the Australian Army for maintaining a fine museum collection. This film is freely available in the public domain for anyone who wishes to link to it. Comments have been disabled as we noticed that many comments on military history videos tend deteriorate into pointless abuse. Other AustHeritage productions include "Capturing the 88 FLAK" and "Bathurst Corvettes". SEE our website at:
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Taken from: index.htm Australian soldiers with the Reconstruction Task Force (RTF) in Afghanistan were involved in a series of attacks with Taliban extremists in late August. No Australian soldiers were wounded in any of these incidents, but the Taliban was known to have suffered casualties. The soldiers protect the RTF worksite by patrolling throughout the area and maintaining a constant presence. Australia has deployed a Reconstruction Task Force (RTF), consisting of a combined arms team, to the Oruzgan Province in southern Afghanistan as part of Operation Slipper. The RTF is in partnership with the Netherlands Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) and forms part of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force. The RTF has a clearly defined role to work on reconstruction, improvement of provincial infrastructure and community based projects. The RTF also provides trade training to the local population and military engineering training to the Afghan National Army. This type of assistance is designed to benefit the people of Oruzgan Province well into the future and form building blocks of a stable and prosperous community. The RTF contains around 370 ADF personnel from predominately Queensland-based units. It includes elements to provide command, security, engineering, and administrative support and is equipped with Bushmaster Infantry Mobility Vehicles (IMV), Australian Light Armoured Vehicles (ASLAVs) and armoured engineer plant equipment <b>...</b>
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Australian Army Reconstruction Task Force soldiers engage Taliban who attacked them while the RTF was building a patrol base for the Afghan National Army, approximately 15km from Tarin Kowt. This was the first time the Australian Army had fired its mortars operationally since the Vietnam War. The Taliban used small arms fire and RPGs from different positions to attack the site. The Australian troops responded swiftly with ASLAV vehicles, mortars and follow-up patrolling.
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The Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) is a Special Forces regiment modelled on the original British SAS and also drawing on the traditions of the Australian World War II 'Z' Special Force commando unit, as well as the Independent Companies which were active in the South Pacific during the same period. It is based at Campbell Barracks, Swanbourne, Perth, Western Australia and is a unit of the Royal Australian Corps of Infantry, part of the Australian Defence Force. They have been widely regarded as the best or one of the best special forces in the world. The uniform of the regiment is Australian issue camouflage and a sand-coloured beret with metal gold and silver flaming Excalibur badge (often wrongly described as a winged dagger) on a black shield. This differs from the British 22 SAS, who have a woven cap badge of the same design. SAS 'Ibis' style parachute wings (rounded at the bottom and straight on top) are worn on the right shoulder only on formal ceremonial dress. On operations, dress can be a mixture of the Australian green or desert camouflage pattern depending on the environment. Rank, qualification and name badges are not worn. Operators may also wear assorted coalition military dress. Around barracks, SASR soldiers conform to normal Australian army dress standards, although some latitude is given in the wide array of boots that are issued to the unit. When attending courses run by the general army, operators from SASR are careful to dress appropriately and <b>...</b>
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AUST SPECIAL FORCES usign TF 64 Javelin Anti-Tank missile in Iraq
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Australian Army says sex scandal 'isolated' incident - The Business Age Tweet this news
The Business Age--Sydney: A sex scandal that hit the -Australian- Defence Force Academy (ADFA) and threatened to stain the institution's reputation was described by the defence chief as an "abhorrent" but "isolated" - Date : Sat, 09 Apr 2011 16:29:11 GMT+00:00
Singing Diggers out of tune - army top brass - Tweet this news Australian Idol-style search for three soldiers to record an album to raise funds for Legacy on Anzac Day has been shelved because of last-minute and forceful "bureaucratic" objections by the -Australian Army- to the gr - Date : Sun, 10 Apr 2011 16:11:54 GMT+00:00
Victims demand forces abuse inquiry - Herald Sun Tweet this news
Herald Sun--The Herald Sun can reveal that several serving senior military officers - named in documentation obtained by this newspaper - were allegedly involved in serious crimes at the -Australian- Defence Force Academy, including rape and assault. ... - Date : Sun, 10 Apr 2011 15:50:04 GMT+00:00
Defence eyes fighter firepower as revenue shrinks - The Australian Tweet this news
The Australian--Acting Prime Minister Wayne Swan is in Melbourne this morning to launch the 2011 Salvation -Army- Red Shield Appeal. He told the audience: "When the Salvos knock on your door this autumn, dig deep so that they can keep doing the v - Date : Sun, 10 Apr 2011 22:12:39 GMT+00:00
Rats of Tobruk united in mateship - The Australian Tweet this news
The Australian--Joking about the Canberra weather compared with the choking heat and dust of Tobruk, Mr Henderson said mateship defined his experience of the six-month siege in 1941 that cost more than 800 -Australian- lives. "There was always so - Date : Sun, 10 Apr 2011 14:05:54 GMT+00:00
Around the world: Soldiers storm campus to break up student protests - Scotsman Tweet this news
Scotsman--Heavy rain is sending floodwaters pouring into homes and businesses in towns still cleaning up from a massive cyclone that tore through Queensland, -Australian-, last month. Monsoonal rain over a coastal area south of Cairns prompted flash flood - Date : Wed, 09 Mar 2011 10:43:51 GMT+00:00
Army keen to 'supplement' cyclone clean-up - ABC Online Tweet this news
ABC Online--The -Australian- Defence Force says it is important local businesses and emergency services lead the cyclone recovery effort in far north Queensland. It says it has more than 100 -Army- personnel available to help in areas affected by ... - Date : Tue, 08 Mar 2011 01:42:05 GMT+00:00
An apology for prisoners of war - ABC Online Tweet this news
ABC Online--The Japanese Government has offered an apology for the harsh treatment of -Australian- prisoners during World War Two. LEIGH SALES, PRESENTER: It's taken 66 years, but the Japanese Government has offered a personal apology for the harsh t - Date : Wed, 09 Mar 2011 12:02:11 GMT+00:00
Obama warns Gaddafi over violence - The Australian Tweet this news
The Australian--Later Ms Gillard told -Australian- reporters that both nations wanted Colonel Gaddafi "and his henchmen" stop using violence against the Libyan people and that the dictator needed to understand it was "time to go - Date : Mon, 07 Mar 2011 20:38:50 GMT+00:00
Salvation Army faces strike action - The Age Tweet this news
The Age--THE Salvation -Army- faces the unusual prospect of a strike from midday today with community employees in Sunshine set to walk off the job for two hours as part of a pay dispute. -Australian- Services Union assistant branch secretary Lisa Darmani - Date : Tue, 08 Mar 2011 13:00:14 GMT+00:00

Current recruiting issues : 2nd Division
Small arms F88 Austeyr (service rifle), F89 Minimi (support weapon), Browning Hi-Power (sidearm), MAG-58 (general purpose machine gun), SR-25 (sniper rifle), SR-98 (sniper rifle)
Special forces M4 carbine, Heckler & Koch USP, SR-25, F89 Minimi, MP5, SR-98
Main battle tanks 59 M1A1 Abrams AIM
Infantry fighting vehicles 257 ASLAV
Armoured Personnel Carriers 766 M113 (431 being upgraded to M113AS3/4 standard, balance to be mothballed and used to support upgrade program)
Infantry Mobility Vehicles 289 Bushmaster IMVs (737 ordered)
Land Rovers 5,000 FFRs and 5,000 GS
Artillery 112 L118/L119 105 mm Hamel Guns, 120 M2A2 105 mm Howitzer, 36 M198 155 mm Howitzer, 36 RBS-70 ground to air missile launchers.
Radar AN/TPQ-36 Firefinder radar, AMSTAR Ground Surveliance RADAR
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Insitu Aerosonde, Elbit Systems Skylark and Boeing ScanEagle

Current recruiting issues : 2nd Division
Aircraft Origin Type Versions Number in service Notes
OH-58 Kiowa United States
OH-58A Scout helicopter 206B 42 Built under licence in Australia by Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation. To be replaced by the Eurocopter Tiger.
Boeing CH-47 Chinook United States Transport helicopter CH-47D 6 7 CH-47F are on order to replace the current CH-47D's.
Eurocopter Tiger   Attack helicopter Tiger ARH 18 Total of 22 to be delivered.
Sikorsky S-70 Blackhawk United States Utility helicopter S-70A-9 35 To be eventually replaced by the MRH 90
MRH 90   Utility helicopter TTH: Tactical Transport Helicopter 8 5 TTH MRH-90 have been accepted by the Defence Materiel Organisation, total of 46 on order (including 6 for Royal Australian Navy)

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