Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Disruptive pattern, disrupted lives

What exactly motivates a person that lives in Australia which does not (yet) have conscription to join the Military.
Is it
  1. loyalty to the country
  2. a desire for adventure
  3. a desire to travel
  4. a love of discipline
  5. clear, defined structures
  6. an urge to serve
  7. fearlessness
  8. a sense of invulnerability
It is not unreasonable for a member of the military to expect compensation for an injury or injuries they sustain whilst on active duty from the Government of the country that they serve.
That is unless you are in the ADF then it is seen as seriously and absolutely unreasonable.
"I would describe Defence's conduct as disgraceful and based on an agenda of wearing litigants down or deliberately protracting the legal action until they die in the process." - Solicitor David Forster
"It's certainly very concerning when we see veterans with mental health problems who may or may not still be in a battle for compensation, who are still young men whose relationships are breaking down, who are finding difficulty fitting into society. These problems do cause huge disability."
"And one hopes that's taken into account in making decisions about what we do and don't do as a country." - Director of the veterans' psychiatry unit at Melbourne's Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital Professor Mal Hopwood
War as a last resort.
Always.


Original image from here. Photoshop inspired by Amco V. Knees

10 Comments:

Blogger Amco V Knees said...

Thank you Suki. I will now write to the ADF and apply for Special Forces - and tell them about my Special Powers.

8:23 pm  
Blogger Amy said...

Actually I was reading in The Age the other day that the Government/armed forces were freaking out, because despite their massive ad campaigns there aren't enough people joining the army, and in a few years there won't be enough soldiers. Maybe we should follow America, slash welfare, make unis prohibitively expensive, and make people join the army.

8:31 pm  
Blogger Susoz said...

That's why they've just announced that women can serve in active combat, isn't it - not enough soldiers.

11:01 am  
Blogger suki said...

Chief of Defence Force (CDF) Houston says no to women in combat roles.
This may be because research shows that women are significantly more likely to develop PTSD. But it's probably because women are seen as more vulnerable to attacks such as rape and therefore can become a liability to the Unit.

6:27 pm  
Blogger Amco V Knees said...

'Aust looks abroad for skilled workers' it says in The Guardian. This global recruitment plan will have exhibitions in London, Amsterdam and here in Berlin. Among other things they are looking for 300 British soldiers to top up the ADF.

More than 100 former British police are pounding the beat in Adelaide after a similar drive by the state goverment earlier this year.

Can't we even make our own canon fodder anymore ?

Suki, cheers! I'm an obvious recruitment target now thanks to your dab hand at Photoshop. I'm sure when they get my letter there will be a knock on my door.

7:29 pm  
Blogger suki said...

I can just picture it,
"Private knees ready for duty Ma'am with the rest of me almost awake..."

9:05 pm  
Blogger Brownie said...

The US defence force must be wishing it had sent Cindy Sherman to fight instead of letting her son get killed.

(hope I got the name right- is it also an arty photographer's name?)

11:18 pm  
Blogger suki said...

~brownie
I saw Camp Casey on the ABC news and was very proud to see Cindy Sheehan supported by Australian Donna Mulhearn and her Australians for peace sign.

4:18 pm  
Blogger Benno said...

An overwhelming desire to be the Prime Ministers bitch for use overseas for purely domestic political reasons.

10:12 pm  
Blogger weezil said...

amy prophesied: "...slash welfare, make unis prohibitively expensive, and make people join the army."

Bingo.

-weez

1:30 pm  

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