New Battalion For South Australia

#3
Pretty old news .... anyway, here goes:

When the idea was originally conceived, it was during the last mining boom, and when the ADF was battling massive retention problems. The powers-that-be finally conceded that 'Army Presence In the North' (APIN) had its costs (as if nobody saw that coming ...). A posting in Adelaide would provide 'respite' from endless tropical North 'top end' postings, 1 BDE & 3 BDE.

Another way of selling the concept is the realisation that having entire ranges out of action for the duration of the wet season was not conducive to good training; note also the expansion of Cultana (something like a doubling of the size of the range). So 1 BDE units and sub-units will now have year-round access to training areas (and Adelaide's deep water port and defence infrastructure etc), and families have a 'respite' posting location.

For what it's worth, this little black duck thinks the entire APIN concept was a crock, and not worth nearly the cost to families and to the tax payer that has resulted. ANAO calculated the cost of a soldier in Darwin is $15k more to the taxpayer than one in Brisvegas or Sydney. There is also the problem of FBT for provision of a couple of round-trip flights home for each defence family; the ATO deems members of the ADF to be no different to other employees in this regard.

C'mon .... it's no longer 1942. If we're going to retreat into a DOA shell again, then post all the Ronnies & Pussers up to Darwin, Townsville & Derby instead, so they can defend the 'sea-air gap'.
 
#4
Thanks for the reply Timmypig, which was an interesting read.

I have been out of the loop for a fair while and so have lost touch with the current way of thinking.

As far as I can recall, they also moved units out of Pucka and moved them north.

I would have thought that a posting to Darwin would be more popular the one to Adelaide but I see your point in regard to providing 'respite' from endless tropical North.

Personally, I prefer the cooler climate of the southern States such as Victoria and Tasmania.

Cheers.
 
#5
Please forgive my ignorance, but does this mean further expansion of the Australian Infantry?

It must be nice to be in an Army that is actually expanding. Unlike us... :(
 
#6
The Bn moving to Adelaide is 7 RAR, who delinked from 5/7 a couple of years ago when the Australian Army 'grew' a little.
 
#7
Please forgive my ignorance, but does this mean further expansion of the Australian Infantry?

It must be nice to be in an Army that is actually expanding. Unlike us... :(
Nige was right, 7RAR has been around a while.

A recent Govt. White Paper (the last one???) recommended "growing" 2 more Inf. battalions so the Aus Army would have 10 battalion sized battlegroups. But, a relatively recent White Paper also suggested that Australia should have a 18 sub navy, which isn't going to happen. So, who knows.

Expanding ADF, probably. In which direction...
 

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