Australian general blasts army of drunks

#2
The bloke sounds like an uptight prick with a rod up his arse.
 
#4
"I never have more alcohol than allows me to walk outside at a moment's notice and get into the car and drive to work.''

Very admirable General. As Second in Command of the Australian Army, surely you have a driver to do that for you?
I don't want to minimise the underlying issue in the article (what an unecessary waste of lives), but he sounds a right barrel of laughs.
 

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Over-promoted Wowser said:
''To be quite frank, I am sick of seeing the near-daily reports which tell me of officers and soldiers killed, injured or arrested for behaviour that could have been avoided,''
Is he receiving treatment for his near-daily vision problems ?
 
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He obviously never paid Germany a visit in the 80s. There's dried up former alcoholics running round screaming for a medal for the amount they drank out there. The only reason they aren't getting one is that 2/3rds of them will start demanding accumulated 'service' medals and 'war pensions' on account of ending up with knackered livers.

Army of drunks, you say General? Rank amateurs Squire, rank ******* amateurs.
 

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He obviously never paid Germany a visit in the 80s. There's dried up former alcoholics running round screaming for a medal for the amount they drank out there. The only reason they aren't getting one is that 2/3rds of them will start demanding accumulated 'service' medals and 'war pensions' on account of ending up with knackered livers.

Army of drunks, you say General? Rank amateurs Squire, rank ******* amateurs.
A bit less of the abuse, please. No-one said anything about 'dried up' or 'former'.
 
#10
A bit less of the abuse, please. No-one said anything about 'dried up' or 'former'.
It wasn't the alcohol and boredom that did for us Cold War warriors, it was Gulf War Syndrome! I had a 32" waist before that kicked off!
 
#13
He is, but I think his heart is in the right place even if he is a bit of a t*t.
Definitely. He gets to see the overall figures for casualties, medical discharges and criminal convictions and is acting accordingly.

I did a first aid course at Keogh Barracks in the early 80s. The instructor made a memorable comment on the bit about illegal drugs, that you generally didn't encounter drug abuse in the British army; there were then only two drugs that killed squaddies and they were alcohol and tobacco.

Times have moved on since then, but booze and fags remain the preferred poisons of the British squaddy.
 
#14
Definitely. He gets to see the overall figures for casualties, medical discharges and criminal convictions and is acting accordingly.

I did a first aid course at Keogh Barracks in the early 80s. The instructor made a memorable comment on the bit about illegal drugs, that you generally didn't encounter drug abuse in the British army. There were two drugs that killed squaddies and they were alcohol and tobacco.

Times have moved on since then, but booze and fags remain the preferred poisons of the British squaddy.
Unless you are a British squaddie serving in a Scottish infantry battalion where the drug of choice is heroin, then cocaine followed by pills.
 
#15
Date of the article is 2010!! Must have had an effect though - Skype, racism/sexism on social media and spanking seem to have replaced alcohol - law of unintended consequences in play?
 

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#16
I want to be in the Aussie SF. It says in the article that they have a 'Victoria's Secret Swan Island base'.
 
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#17
If only our Generals could pull themselves away from the bar for long enough to give a coherent interview!

The only reason for all the cuts in the infantry was because the top brass were seeing double, and thought we had more blokes than we did!
 
#18
Good on yer, General. As one would need to drink about ten gallons of Australian beer to get pissed that's hardly a sacrifice...
 
#19
Army Drunks?

I wish......

Last mess 'function' I attended started at 6...............and the mess was empty by 8.

No punchline - it's true.
And its not funny ... but I feel your pain - I've been to similar - most functions I've been to since coming here my wife is still sober when we leave and inevitably she's a lightweight.
 
#20
It might help to reduce the drinking problem in the Australian Army if the poor ******* were not all posted to God forsaken shitholes in the middle of nowhere. Unless they choose to join the Abo population in child abuse, then there isn't anything else for them to do.

The General seems like most other Australian officers I've met above Lt. Col rank: a complete humourless twat.
 

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