Note to Aust military: tell us about brave deeds

Photograph of Australia's Distinguished Service Medal

Why was this story of Aussie bravery kept quiet for two and a half years?

Dear Department of Defence, if it’s worth awarding two Distinguished Service Medals for, it’s a story worth telling. Particularly as Australia involves itself in politically unpopular wars and the boys and girls who put their lives on the line need our support.

Surely you can tell enough of the story to inspire the kiddies without “revealing operational secrets”. Hell, I’d love to record this kind of oral history!

Releasing the news this week makes it look like you’re trying to distract us from that awful helicopter crash.

Oz soldiers design own recruitment ads

Nice touch: The latest round of Australian Army recruitment posters were designed by the grunts themselves. This one isn’t the winner, but it’s my personal fave.

Runner-up Army recruiting poster

Author John Birmingham provided the pointer, and amongst the various daft comments from his feral fan base there’s a gem, explaining how the ads reveal the current self-image of the typical Australian soldier.

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