UNCLASSIFIED This may be of interest to those who served in the ADF: REPORT BY THE EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES ADVISORY TEAM (EOAD) INTO BULLYING IN ADF. The EOAD has presented its latest report to parliament and has found that allegations of 'a culture of widespread bullying and brutality' within the Australian Defence Forces are, in the most part, unfounded. The Advisory Team, which travelled to every Defence Establishment across Australia and overseas, interviewed staff from all three services and found surprisingly few cases of unfair treatment or bullying within the Royal Australian Navy and the Australian Army. However, endemic mistreatment would appear to exist in the Royal Australian Air Force. Complaints to the EOAT numbered 13,555 from the RAAF, compared to 3 from the Navy and just 1 from the Army. While this statistic is alarming in its own right, it becomes horrific when one considers that each complaint represents a sad story of abuse, mistreatment and neglect. As one senior RAAF officer was quoted: "Each story is, in itself, a sad indictment of the RAAF. When taken as a whole, however, they demonstrate a reprehensible lack of regard for personnel on the part of RAAF management at all levels, and I include junior managers in particular." One young pilot told of having to spend two nights in tented accommodation, despite the fact that there was a five-star hotel just 10 kms away with rooms available. Another said that he had been forced to endure a gruelling fitness test every year since he joined in 1997. One airwoman alleged that she had been overlooked for promotion on numerous occasions, simply because she was fat, lazy and stupid. An aircraftman stated that he had been refused permission to wear civilian attire to work, despite the fact that his uniform clashed with the blonde highlights he had put in his hair. Another had been forced to wear uncomfortable safety boots for periods of up to eight hours at a time. An RAAF clerk could not understand why she had been sent to work in a Joint military headquarters. "I have been forced to work for horrid Army people who just don't understand what the military is all about" she stated, "I feel that the RAAF has victimised me by forcing me to do this .I shall be seeking compensation." Shockingly, RAAF Senior Ranks are also subject to widespread mistreatment. One SNCO Flight Sergeant stated: "I was deeply, deeply upset when I was addressed as 'Flight Sergeant' by an officer. He knew my name was Robert. It was just horrible. I have never been more humiliated in my life." In response, a senior RAAF officer stated: "The officer in question has been moved on " A huge backlash against the treatment of Air Force personnel should provide senior officers with a vital clue with regard to the massive retention problems experienced by the RAAF in recent years. Over the past 24 months, Defence has spent 19.8 million looking into the issue. Not all of the Air Force's hierarchy, however, were upset by the revelations. Outgoing Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Errol Flynn, KCB CBE DFC ADC BSc (Eng) FRAeS stated: "I am delighted with the result. I am very happy that our retention problems are due, in the most part at least, to something as harmless as bullying. I thought everyone was leaving because of me."