Extra 2600 troops for Australian Army

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Here the story from today's Sydney Morning Herald. Well done John Howard for putting his money where his mouth is. We need something similar, but it won't happen.

August 24, 2006 - 4:00PM

Prime Minister John Howard has announced an extra 2,600 personnel for the army, saying Australia will face challenging situations in the next two decades.

The new places are in addition to the 1,500 further personnel to be recruited under another army initative announced last year.

"This country faces ongoing, and in my opinion increasing, instances of destabilised and failing states in our own region," said Mr Howard.

"I believe in the next 10 to 20 years Australia will face a number of situations the equivalent of, or potentially more challenging than, the Solomon Islands and East Timor."

Two new battalions would be established in two stages, with one eventually to be based in Adelaide and the other in south-east Queensland.

Raising the first battalion would cost about $6 billion over 11 years, Mr Howard said. The cost of the two would be around $10 billion, he said.

Mr Howard said the first new battalion would be a mechanised unit and the other would be light infantry.

Mr Howard said soldiers' pay and conditions needed to keep pace with society's expectations and compete with other opportunities open to possible recruits.

He admitted there were many factors involved in recruiting new soldiers.

"We do need to lift our effort in that (recruitment) respect, we do believe as a result of the discussions that have been undertaken that progress and ground can be made up in relation to that," he said.

The 2,600 new troops represented a "huge additional commitment" by the government.

Mr Howard said the first new battalion would be manned by 2008 and ready for overseas deployment by the end of 2010.

Mr Howard said he would like to see a greater connection between school cadets and careers in the military.

He said that in earlier times there was a good deal more encouragement for children to join the services from schools.

Mr Howard said a significant proportion of the population believed in the "traditional values of the military'' and they should be encouraged to seek out a career in the services.

Howard was a cadet in the Air Training Corps at Canterbury Boy's High back in the 1950s.
http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/extra-2600-troops-for-army/2006/08/24/1156012657481.html
 

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#2
All the better for us Brits, even more should now be able to move 'downunder'.

See you all there :)
 

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#3
What a refreshing story - a politician, albeit not British( :cry: ) who is backing his troops to the hilt because he is far sighted enough to see that what is happening today will not go away overnight.

Not only raising 2 new battalions of but ensuring that pay keeps up with civvies so that recruitment can be attractive to youngsters.

Almost unbelievable.
 
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Auld-Yin,

That would never catch on here!
 
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Auld-Yin said:
What a refreshing story - a politician, albeit not British( :cry: ) who is backing his troops to the hilt because he is far sighted enough to see that what is happening today will not go away overnight.

Not only raising 2 new battalions of but ensuring that pay keeps up with civvies so that recruitment can be attractive to youngsters.

Almost unbelievable.
But I don't do it for the money - it's living the dream that counts!!
 

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combatintman said:
Auld-Yin said:
What a refreshing story - a politician, albeit not British( :cry: ) who is backing his troops to the hilt because he is far sighted enough to see that what is happening today will not go away overnight.

Not only raising 2 new battalions of but ensuring that pay keeps up with civvies so that recruitment can be attractive to youngsters.

Almost unbelievable.
But I don't do it for the money - it's living the dream that counts!!
It is nice to see someone happy with the annual pay jousts. Did Gordon Brown pay you to say that?
 
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Auld-Yin said:
combatintman said:
Auld-Yin said:
What a refreshing story - a politician, albeit not British( :cry: ) who is backing his troops to the hilt because he is far sighted enough to see that what is happening today will not go away overnight.

Not only raising 2 new battalions of but ensuring that pay keeps up with civvies so that recruitment can be attractive to youngsters.

Almost unbelievable.
But I don't do it for the money - it's living the dream that counts!!
It is nice to see someone happy with the annual pay jousts. Did Gordon Brown pay you to say that?
You're having a fcukin laugh aren't you - he pays fcuk all - no actually that's b0ll0x I get paid on the following scales:

Evading immigration allowance - house & playstations & stuff
Job Seekers Allowance
Legal Aid
Free access to the NHS
More Legal Aid
Schooling for my kids
Some more Legal Aid

So I'm fcukim minted....but it means nothing to me - living the dream
 

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