The First Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, has a proud history.
Formed at the end of World War Two, this unit has served with distinction in Korea, Vietnam and more recently in Iraq and Afghanistan, along with numerous other deployments.
Sadly, 137 members of its members have been killed on operations.
‘The Big Blue One’ has just commemorated the 50th anniversary of heavy fighting at the Battle of Coral-Balmoral in Vietnam, the largest battle Australian soldiers faced during that war.
And now this unit is breaking new historical ground.
The Australian Army has confirmed via a question from Senator Fraser Anning in Senate Estimates that all female infantry soldiers are being posted to 1 RAR.
This move is going to destroy the cohesion, morale and capability of one of Australia’s finest army units.
Already 25% of females who have qualified as an infantry soldier since the role was opened up in 2016 have been medically downgraded.
Many more will follow. They simply will not be able to keep up with the men. Along the way, we can expect the financial burden on the taxpayer for Department of Veterans’ Affairs compensation payouts to sky rocket.
In the short history of this insane experiment, the Army has confirmed that 90% of females who have enlisted as an infantry soldier have failed to pass the Army Recruit Course and Initial Employment Training as an infantry soldier.
The much-vaunted Army Pre-Conditioning Program, designed to give females an extra seven weeks of fitness training to prepare them for Army life, has been a complete failure. Every single female who was recruited via this program to become an infantry soldier has failed to pass basic infantry training. Only half of them were capable of completing basic recruit training at Kapooka.
Combat roles have only been open to females for two and half years. And already the program is a disaster.
Sadly, now, ground zero of this politically-correct lunacy is being foisted upon 1 RAR. A unit with such a proud history cannot hope to have such a proud future in these circumstances.
For anyone with eyes to see, 1 RAR will be functionally destroyed. It will not be able to fight. It will not be able to deploy. And it will be riven by personnel crises. In order to make it a ‘safe space’ for women, men are going to have to be sacked.
It will become the epicentre of #metoo within the Australian Army, constantly facing allegations of sexual harassment, sexual abuse and male chauvinism.
The unit’s motto of Duty First may as well be replaced with Beauty First. But the end result will not be pretty.
And now that unit logos are being replaced all over the Army, 1 RAR’s new symbol might as well be this: