How long before it’s about white, Anglo, male privilege?

For those wondering where the ban on military art comes from, I remind you of this cracker: Battling with words.

Defence lavishly funded this research project in 2014 (I wrote about it here) and it deals with all the mean and nasty ways words like ‘courage’ are used to exclude others, both inside and outside of the Army.

Really. It does. I kid you not.

See:

Courage

I didn’t realise that courage was to be frowned upon. But, then again, the new age military decided that I was unfit for it, so I am not the best judge of its progressive ways. However, I do tend to agree that the Army’s focus on courage in battle was always a little difficult for the RAAF to handle (TRIGGER WARNING: That was a joke (but it was also kind of true)).

Also, since when was the Australian Public Service a ‘service’ within the Australian Defence Force?

Anyway, now you can understand why modern infantry bureaucrats are no longer focused on battlefield courage and are more preoccupied with female recruitment. This makes it a more respectful organisation including, presumably, of the enemy.

That’s why the new corps role is likely to be amended from its well-known creed to this:

The role of the infantry is to seek out and be close with potential friendlies, to kiss and cuddle them, to seize and hold hands and to show respect both to wrong and to right, regardless of gender, ethnicity or other progressive refrains.

Battling with words also went to war with another set of words: male and Anglo-Australian.

Specifically, it stated categorically that these words were no longer desirable and by that it really meant that the people these words described were less than wanted in the modern military.

In other words, because white males sign up in far greater numbers to serve this nation than others they are racist and the only way this can be combated is by entrenching institutionalised racism against white males (which, technically, is also a form of sexism).

And that idea, of course, is absolutely rolled-gold modern logic and also lunacy of the highest order.

Which brings us to the Chief of Army’s letter banning certain forms of military art, such as helmets.

This letter used words such as ‘values’ and ‘ethical’ and, more humbly, ‘implicitly encourages the inculcation of an arrogant hubris’ but, luckily, did not exclude others by mentioning the word ‘courage’. It’s like it has been drafted right from Battling with words.

So I’m guessing that before this whole military symbol ban broo-hah-ha is over, someone, somewhere will tell the Diggers that the unhappiness they’re feeling is nothing more than a symptom of white, Anglo-Australian male privilege…

Punisher Care Bear

…and that care bears are banned too because it’s not funny.

Author: Bernard Gaynor

Bernard Gaynor is a married father of eight children. He has a background in military intelligence, Arabic language and culture and is an outspoken advocate of conservative and family values.

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  1. You see this this is why the other services WILL ALWAYS take issue with the ‘Crabs’ i.e. the RAAF or as was in my case having served in the UK Armed Forces the RAF – it’s just the same attitude …

    ‘Everybody thinks that RAAF was lax on discipline & lived in the lap of luxury….well not really when it came to the pointy end. The “Blunts” i.e. clerks, logistics etc, worked to ‘union rules’ & weren’t liked by the rest of us.’

    You all ‘work to union rules’ my friend. I wonder how many of us who frequent this site have arrived back in the motherland direct from an operation – late as usual thanks to the boys & girls in the light blue – usually at the weekend – only to find the airbase is not running at an operational tempo, indeed it does not seem to be running at all since its the weekend.

    ‘Techs usually worked 12 hour days in peace time & up to 24 hours on deployment (if necessary – & beyond in extremes without sleep).’

    Wow, Us ‘grunts’ as you so respectfully label us really feel for you. Try living in an austere remote outpost in Uruzgan or Helmand for an extended period of upwards of six to seven months, providing your OWN security (manning sangars & doing picquet/guard duties – something you ‘tecchies’ are kept from) all whilst doing your own cooking, washing & husbandry – oh & while we are at it your primary task is to dominate the local area, bring real change & prosperity to the locals, all inside what is in effect a medium density minefield of IEDs whilst a very well supplied & organised terrorist network is doing its very best to kill you.

    Pass the salt on your 24hrs of spanner turning please.

    ‘Many are now either dead or dying horrible deaths due to exposure to chemicals which the RAAF knew were deadly & are struggling to get or being denied compensation.’

    I really am sure all those tins of ‘nasty’ chemicals did come with some eye catching warning labels on them surely? Jesus even the ammo boxes we ‘grunts’ get sent at the sharp end have big bright labels on them telling us the stuff inside is dangerous – some that come in tubes even have BIG ARROWS on them telling us which way to poin them towards the enemy.

    ‘Yeah sure we used to get dirty looks from Grunts when going away on exercise they would see with sunnies. bikes, fishing gear, & laptops……but that just came with the territory.’

    You utter disrespectful knobber.

    I & every other ‘grunt’ as you label EVERY Infantryman, Artilleryman, Combat Engineer, Signaller & all others who wear green rest may case.

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  2. Now Bernard taking a cheap shot at RAAF is just that – cheap. Long before it was fashionable to whine about PC nonsense it was RAAF that used to push harder than the other two services for improved wages & conditions of service – and won. Not the sub-servient roll over RAN & ARA. It was RAAF officers who started the ArFFA (which I was a member of until it closed its doors).

    It was a combination of attacks by the APS & a major clash that gouged the heart out of RAAF senior leadership starting with Whitlam’s dismissal to the final big clash in 1982 that lead to great pay increase for ADF. You may not know that during the blocking of supply in 1974, the ADF ran out of money to pay the troops. Some base commanders put on staff to guard the armouries & sent the rest home to find paying employment. That went over very badly.

    In 1982 when ADF pay was at its most disgracefully low, some Squadrons refused to refuel VIP aircraft.

    In the most damaging of Defence White Papers to the RAAF authored by the lead engineer on GAC Nomad who took revenge on RAAF for disparaging his pet project as “death trap”…..I could go on here.

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    • Good points – I’ve known excellent RAAF, though still while at once denouncing and envying their luxuries and lax discipline! Divide and Rule among the services is a microcosm of the same offensive strategy used against the Nation via BS Identity Politics.
      On Nomad: I recall that disaster was one of the earlier (post-Konfrontasi) scandals against Indonesia, causing several dozen IA flight deaths and unnecessarily deep distrust, prompting Habibie and his wife to devise a physics formula predicting tailplane failure…

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      • Habiibie was a brilliant man who was a VP of Airbus. He also did great things for Indonesia during his short presidency.

        He was also responsible for the the Indonesian purchase of the former E.German Navy – though it was extremely cheap & a collective rust bucket. He proved to the world that Indonesia was not a country of “Jungle Bunnies” by rebuilding a dilapidated fleet. By doing this he showed that Indonesia has 1st world engineering capability which is FAR MORE IMPRESSIVE than just buying product off the shelf.

      • Everybody thinks that RAAF was lax on discipline & lived in the lap of luxury….well not really when it came to the pointy end. The “Blunts” i.e. clerks, logistics etc, worked to ‘union rules’ & weren’t liked by the rest of us.

        Techs usually worked 12 hour days in peace time & up to 24 hours on deployment (if necessary – & beyond in extremes without sleep). Many are now either dead or dying horrible deaths due to exposure to chemicals which the RAAF knew were deadly & are struggling to get or being denied compensation.

        Yeah sure we used to get dirty looks from Grunts when going away on exercise they would see with sunnies. bikes, fishing gear, & laptops……but that just came with the territory.

  3. Another aspect of a country with no sovereignty. Make no mistake: people making these stupid, divisive and demoralizing decisions, or merely signing off their authority on them, are often in some serious way compromised – in other words “blackmailed”. These Empire creeps tried it with me and I just opened up on it, got hounded as a direct result.

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