Seriously: the Army is planning for the return of Xena

I wish I was making this up.

But I’m not.

A document published by the Army for incorporation into future policy and capability planning states that between 2020 and 2050 the threats Australia faces are likely to be female led and female dominated. In response, the Army should enable the emergence of a Xena warrior cult within Australian women.

And consideration should be given to reducing special forces’ fitness standards to enable ‘Xena’ to thrive as a warrioress of the new frontier.

Like I said, I wish I was making this up.

Teaming: optimising military capability for the coming Era of Equality: 2020 to 2050 is 237 pages long and was first released in March 2017. More than a year after this drivel first made light of day it still sits proudly on the Army website.

And, worse, it appears that senior leaders are taking it seriously.

The author, Major Liz Boulton, thanks Mick Ryan for facilitating her return to the Army in a research capacity. Mick Ryan is a Major General and is the Commander of the Australian Defence College.

Boulton also gives credit to Brigadier Dan McDaniel for authorising and encouraging her work.

McDaniel’s LinkedIn profile lists him as the Director General Capability Investment Analysis at the Australian Defence Force. He previously served as the Commanding Officer of the Special Air Service Regiment and was the Special Operations Commander from 2013-2014.

The document calls for commanders to consider forming female infantry battalions, companies or platoons. And now we find that all female infantry soldiers in the full-time Army are being posted to 1 RAR.

This front line combat unit has not been mechanised. Instead, it has been feminised. No doubt, it will soon be known as 1 RAR (Fem) and will be graphically displayed on military maps with this symbology:

1 RAR (Fem)

The document is based on a premise that the world is soon to experience an ‘Era of Equality’ that will unleash a return of Amazonian female warriors (considerable effort is made in this document to rewrite the ‘myth’ that combat was not predominantly a male-oriented hobby in the past):

It is not inconceivable, considering the trends described above, that in the 2020 to 2050 period, the Australian Army may face a female organised or female dominated type of adversary. The emergence, or return, of a female warrior type identity may pose an external threat, but also could be something Army harnesses from within its own society.

In response, the document urges the military to prepare for Australia’s ‘Xena’ personalities:

Army should aim to be the home of ‘Xena’ personalities, (no matter what they look like on the outside and what form their strength comes in – which of course is not always physical). Army could, through working with Xena personalities, lead Australia in its understanding and demonstration of excellent female leadership.

Commanders are then told not be scared of Xena, but to enable her and get out of her way.

When developing future Army strategy and capability, senior Army leaders are advised to consider these questions:

If society is on the cusp of a wave of women starting to reach their full potential, or of a ‘Xena-Return,’ Army should move quickly to exploit this advantage first.

– So What?

– How would Army do this? Are male leaders capable of activating and enabling ‘Xena’ or will they be threatened and seek to diminish such people? Will they ‘cramp women’s style’ and, thus, dampen the possibility of creating new tactical, operational and strategic approaches to Operations? Should Xena development occur through some type of FET construct which, potentially, all serving women have the option to experience through a posting to such a unit? Should such a unit have its own physical entry standards? Should a future female-heavy capability be modeled on the existing infantry Battalion; Company or Platoon construct, or be something different? Should the physical standard be lowered for women seeking to join the Special Forces (SF) or should a female only SF capability be established?

If I am to understand this correctly, the only thing standing between the return of Xena after millennia of male chauvinistic opporession are fitness standards. So they’ve gotta go.

Bizarrely, when the document was launched on the Army website, references were made to comic book movies, Batman versus Superman, Justice League and Suicide Squad:

In the movie Batman versus Superman, Batman concludes that the era of a single superhero is over. To face the threats of the future, he realises he needs to assemble a super team, people with widely different skills but who, in common, are good and strong of heart. Reinvigorated by the example of Superman’s purity, Batman sets off to create the Justice League.  DC Comics continue this theme in the related film Suicide Squad. Here we see an eclectic bunch of oddballs and societal rejects, who – despite their flaws – each have unique strengths. A US special forces officer is tasked to bring them together, as they are the only ones capable of defeating evil meta-humans.

What does this have to do with the Army? When futurists scan the horizon, they universally agree that the future Army faces significant complexity, far greater than has been experienced to date. Much thought and resources have been applied to preparing the Army technologically – but what about Army’s approach to teamwork? What sort of teams will thrive in such an environment? How is the ‘human dimension’ changing? What socio-cultural forces are in play? Certainly, one of them is the shift in gender identity – for both men and women.

Gender? Again? While many may understandably feel a sense of ‘issue fatigue’ with the word gender, one argument is that rather than ‘leaning away’ from what has at times been a painful discussion, at this particular moment in history, Army needs to ‘lean in’ further.

I’m sure that someone, somewhere will lodge a complaint that this analysis did not incorporate the work of Wonder Woman.

Of course, this document did not just build upon the lessons from comic book movies or focus only on gender. All of the politically correct boxes were ticked:

Aboriginals:

Turning to Aboriginal Australia, there are many stories of strong women in Indigenous culture. Given protocols about who may tell these stories, I note that I do not have the authority to know or to convey any of these stories here.

White males:

Among women, weariness with all-white-male leadership teams is reflected through phenomena like the widespread adoption of the slogan “God, give me the confidence of a mediocre white man,” originally coined by Sarah Hagi…

Masculinity:

Today people are impacted by legacy cultural influences, such as patriarchal and hegemonic masculinity notions, which view women as lesser than and the opposite of men…

Homosexuality:

The ridicule of safe spaces, for example, denies the reality of high rates of suicide among the GLBTIQQA community and the unique ways they can be exposed to greater harassment or violence compared to other demographic groups.

Islam:

The percentage of women in Iran’s Parliament reached 6% in 2016 and, while this is still low representation, it was significant in that it was the first time in which women outnumbered Clerics. Many other countries and political parties have goals for 50% representation of men and women. The UAE has established a Ministry for Tolerance. They describe ‘tolerance’ as being “a supreme value and one of the universal principles connecting all of us.” Their aim is to operationalise the concept, to “make tolerance a strategy for the present and the future.”

Perhaps this excerpt from the Epilogue is the best quote of all:

Worried, she heads to a specialist gardening bookshop to find out more information. A new book, Oak Studies, advises that, when growing oak trees, lower branches do not always need to be shorn off – this is a remnant practice from days when the timber was needed for ship building. Oaks grow differently. Sometimes, their lower branches extend so far out horizontally, that their ends droop and connect with the soil. Apparently this allows the tree extra nourishment, but also to play a different role in the forest ecosystem. “Hmmm” she thinks.

Rummaging further, she finds herself drawn to a high shelf, at the back of the store. She discovers a heavy and dusty book titled, Xena Phytology. It has information on plants like Amazonians; Boudiccans; Joan-of-Arcians and Nancy Waklings. Suddenly, the Gardener laughs out loud. The strange shoots aren’t weeds, she realises, they are Xena-variants! A type of plant, which it turns out, was an intrinsic part of the forest ecosystem all along, before modern forest management techniques took hold. Further, the Gardener learns, some Xena-variant only sprout during particularly stormy weather, and are known to thrive in turbulent conditions.

The Gardener returns to the forest. Dark storm clouds loom overhead. She goes straight to her gardening shed. She boots up her ruggedized laptop. Lightning flashes in the windows. She knows she needs a new plan: to grow the new shoots, but also, to replenish and strengthen the whole forest…

You would expect to find this fanciful nonsense coming from La Trobe University’s gender studies department.

Unfortunately, these words come from a document designed to inform future policies on Defence strategy and capability.

So let’s hope that Donald Trump manages to secure world peace. Because if he doesn’t, we are screwed.

Teaming

The front cover of ‘Teaming’.

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. They can only play 3 sets of tennis instead of 5 for the same pay, so what is the difference..

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  2. They can only play 3 sets instead of five in tennis competition, and are paid the same. They kick 2 goals in one half when they
    play Australian Rules Football against other women. War is a far more serious and permanent than sport but there is a comparison.
    Left them play their silly games playing soldier, because this will not amount to anything.

    There are many roles in the Military for women don’t get me wrong and there always has been but please don’t insult our intelligence.

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  3. Even if this fantastical delusional load of tripe had any credibility why would Australia require female soldiers to combat a female enemy? My head just shook itself in sheer disbeiief.

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  4. Let them have their own battalions. They can look after themselves and not put their male counterparts in danger. Do they really believe war will be easier than a female Rugby League team taking on their male counterparts or AFL or Tennis. This is the right answer because it will bring out the truth. Let them have a women’s SAS unit – WSAS. Let’s see how effective they would be.

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  5. The Defence Minister is a female what more needs to be said

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    • Bruce Ruxton (ex-President of the Victorian RSL) on the topic of Women in the ADF:

      ‘I know of “some women” that have a 5’Clock shadow at 3 in the afternoon.’
      But of course, it was only “some” women.

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  6. Of course, a big part of this pseudo-feminist push will be techno-based, as in the development by MIC giant Lockheed Martin of the exo-skeleton for easier load-bearing and humping yamas by diversity-infantry. This will be very expensive of course, with unforeseen side effects and risks, and doubtless get justification on claimed all-powerful grounds of reduced insurance risk for injuries. But similar to the defence sector’s endorsement and financing of “sex-change” surgery and hormone treatment, and more braodly mass migration, the diversity campaign is actually meant to keep the force – and the nation’s populace – divided, and thereby less able to oppose more corrupt and criminal interventions/wars and an unaccountable corporatist regime. See:

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-06-06/elite-soldiers-testing-lockheed-martin-onyx-exoskeleton

    Lock up your daughters

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  7. Although the Communist/Deep State subversion of the Australian military has its lighter side and this should not be neglected in order to engage the popular audience, policy terms such as ‘Era of Equality 2020-50’ which are finding their way into official discourse should set off the alarm bells.

    Such a term could only describe the endgame of the Communist Revolution inaugurated in Russia 1917 and now being rolled out worldwide in its globalist, totalitarian phase.

    There are many readers of this website who remember the Vietnam War Era and those who fought in that war on the side of the free world against the rollout of Communist aggression/insurgencies worldwide which was then seizing small recently decolonised nations for the Soviet or Chinese Communist blocks. These veterans of South Vietnam, Australia, the U.S. answered the call against the big genociders of the day who were driving the Revolution through their nationalist proxies. They had the distinct honour of serving against a cause that that was named and condemned by a whole line of popes starting with Pope Pius IX in Nostis et Nobiscum 1849 in which Communism is named and defined as the error contrived for the “overthrow of the entire order of human affairs”.

    The forecasted ‘Era of Equality’ is especially alarming for Americans who figured out the war – those who saw the body bags being unloaded en masse at every major airport on national TV and heard the eye-witness accounts of the men who served as officers – those who knew that the war was entirely winnable, but was being sabotaged by the U.S. chain of command. There was no term for ‘the Deep State’ in those days but that is clearly what they had come up against in phrases like : “We have met the enemy and they is us.”

    In those days, for many who believed in the cause of the war against Communist aggressions, when they came home, they took stock of the situation, told the family what was really going on with ‘cover story’ of the war vs ‘the real story’ of the war, went through the nervous breakdown, the orange sweats, renounced their U.S. citizenship and re-enlisted with the Rhodesian Front.

    So what are they going to do today? The Era of Equality is certainly the end-game.

    There is not a lot of time for the elite of the Australian military to get a hold of this history and the fact that the Australian state is being subverted at the level of policy and forward planning.

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  8. I fear,in the not too distant future, if an aspiring digger seeks promotion and dips out, he/she will be able to have an appeal heard at the AAT or VCAT if stationed at Pukka.

    My RSM would turn in his grave !

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  9. Was out in the boondocks & somehow my comment never made it a couple days ago, guess Telstra’s upgrade of outback towers I keep hearing about is all talk. That said the teenagers are running the show now. Really, this reminds of vacuous stuff my daughter spouts & she get a pass as a child. I remember being told it takes a lifetime to build a reputation but only minutes to destroy it as a JNCO. The Australian Army’s reputation must be taking a hit on the world stage with tripe like this!

    As for “Go Girls”, we will see how that plays out in the next MEAO conflict. I saw how Afghans treated their women and those who I came across in government areas of TK mostly had the demeanor of a pre week recruit. Am sure the Islamic Insurgents will be very accommodating to female needs in captivity not or to the other end of the scale hows a female OC going to act at a shura or local engagement when the head bloke keeps talking to the next highest ranking male ignoring her? Already happened with males with beards over superiors without… Won’t even start with some of the exercises in rural areas of Asia (our possible next battlefield) I have done where same attitudes to females exist albeit much more passively.

    Finally we have a SF dude as CoDF, the dude that endorsed this is an SF cat but even worse an ex SF CO. Sheesh, with all respect they should know better. Lastly Marise needs to go, never thought I would say she is the most useless minister to sit in that chair and that pains me to say that with competition from the likes of Stephen Smith. Who would have thought the likes of Richard Marles making more sense on Defence matters than a Liberal counterpart! Glad I am out.

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  10. The reference to the “coming era of equality 2020-2050” by Oceania’s Ministry for Peace sounds as ominous as ‘Liberty, Fraternity and Equality’ in the mouth of Robespierre or ‘victory of the proletariat’ in the mouth of Lenin.

    It is consoling to know that the Infernal Columns and the Red Guard will be led by Xena.

    Xena. Ayiyiyiyi
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03L_ZTbKiRc

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  11. Good and trye words Jungles.

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  12. Thank God I will never serve again and by the time these women get full control of the ADF I will have gone to join the great male warriors with whom I served for 25 years. It is so painful to watch an Army destroy itself from within because of weak abs politically correct Generals few, if any of whom, have ever witnessed incoming fire.
    The Next RSM of the Army will be a female and the Chief if Army after next will be likewise; mark my words. From then on it’s a rapid decline.

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  13. “It is not inconceivable, considering the trends described above, that in the 2020 to 2050 period, the Australian Army may face a female organised or female dominated type of adversary. The emergence, or return, of a female warrior type identity may pose an external threat, but also could be something Army harnesses from within its own society.”

    Don’t look around!
    They are here already.
    They are already inside not outside, already internal not external.
    The Army has begun to harness its own self destruction.

    BTW Women can fight. This is why so many mediocre white males have opted for peace at any price. The war is already going on within, and if we try to stop it we will discover what we already know; Women can fight… words, screams, nails, rage.
    And we need them to bear our children!

    I think we need a good war.
    Good wars in the past have helped a nation’s economy.
    We need a good war now to get the Army focused on what it should be doing.
    It is obvious that there are too many stripes and stars with their bored feet up on desks wondering what to do next.

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    • Ever since Germaine Greer burned her bra the media has jumped on the anti-male band wagon.
      Even TV ad’s are constantly showing that men are whimps and women are superior bitches. So Bruce, what will an invading army do when confronted with a Battalion of menopausal females – surrender?

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  14. On ‘Teaming’, or Clausewitz’s Need for Safe Space

    In her Australian Army gender studies paper of 2017 ‘Teaming’ Elizabeth Boulton undermines her paper fatally with her naivete in accepting and elevating the various brands of “identity” for purposes of military policy and doctrine; however once-fashionable the PC-thought template, such dogmatic loyalty to a creed a.k.a. Identity Politics degrades the paper’s discussion of military history and doctrine, while even portending military disaster.

    Such naivete as Boulton’s is, of course, an obvious result of brainwashing by commissars in a Western tertiary system long subverted by the “Frankfurt School”, a.k.a. Cultural Marxists – hence my identification of dogma – but it leads to some ahistorical absurdity in Boulton’s attempts to draw past parallels to her projection, if not fantasy, of some looming Lara Croft Revolution in Military Affairs (even if her future Lara Crofts may defer to some contemporary Kurdish forerunners).

    In citing the revolutionary dynamism of warfare in the era of Napoleon and Clausewitz, for example, Boulton misses the key factor of unit and formation speed in the era’s sweeping French victories, perhaps most spectacularly in the Grande Armee’s drive from Normandy to Bavaria in taking Ulm, then more decisively at Austerlitz. Going by statistics presented to the Australian Senate and as linked to the Australian Army itself, the current Diversity push seems to have destroyed much of the Army’s limb speed and trained endurance: female injuries are particularly numerous, while fitness requirements have fallen steadily to appalling levels, with clear and explicit influence from the “gender-inclusive” recruitment policies. For operations, such performance deficiency could only be overcome by fraudulent and discriminatory selection of personnel for tasks, or by recourse to drugs and, as we know, both such options would over time pose grave risks likely far more dangerous than the ailment itself.

    Such is an immediate practical concern around physical fitness, but Boulton’s gender advocacy would inflict injury on some of the most sophisticated military doctrine available too. A telling error or oversight in the paper is Boulton’s gendered interpretation (yes, such hypocrisy is typical in The Dogma) of the established military term “morale” which, she says, is “essentially the male word for emotion” (p.167). She compounds that fault by doing great disservice to Clausewitz’s quite universal description in ‘On War’ of “moral forces”. In short, Boulton misses entirely Clausewitz’s emphases on “spirit” and the implicit religious or least quasi-religious aspect of “morale” in the warfighting context, the related notion of “The Military Virtue of the Army” (kriegerische Tugend des Heeres), and the “national feeling” (Volksgeist). Emotion may have indeed inspired Boulton’s reading of Clausewitz, but not much if any comprehension, logic or historical perspective; her problems defining and understanding morale risk demoralizing her organization, but perhaps we should not find such result surprising from a discrsive template based on Identity Politics.

    And unsurprising too for a high-priestess of the secular Diversity Cult, Boulton utters the word “spirit” (Clausewitz’s ‘Geist’) only as “inclusive” buzz terms e.g., “spirit of openness” (p.183), “spirit of fairness” (p.35), and more bizarre in her fantasy projection where hoping for the Army to “enable the inner Xena-spirit of Army women to emerge” (p.149). Of course, Boulton’s vast Xena-related discourse was much more than just that mystical-cum-activist call, but maybe she could have saved us all a lot of time – and the Army many pages and dollars too – by just editing it into “You go grrrl!” Instead, Boulton even inflicts a sexist narrative on the reader with positive mention of notorious fem-sexist Clementine Ford (of the “kill all men” and related tweets) and Ford’s call for “girl gangs” (p.149). It takes little imagination or social arithmetic to see where such gendered separatism leads: “guy gangs” already exist in the Crips, MS-13 and ISIS, for example, and they are all rightly identified as anti-social indeed criminal, and strenuously marginalized by other males, sometimes by use of lethal weaponry. Why add to such social failure?

    Perhaps Boulton’s opening Virtue Signal best exemplifies the paper’s fundamental problem: ‘I acknowledge the Traditional Owners of this land’ (p.3). All fine and easy, of course – maybe there was a smoking ceremony too to go with the paper’s launch? But which “owners” and which “land” does Boulton mean? She doesn’t say, though in the paper’s explicit military context it might help to allude to some extremely asymmetric guerrila warfare by say Wiradjuri or Kurnai to lend some credibility to the de rigeur Virtue Signal. But no, Boulton would do nothing of the sort because, she says, she does “not have the authority to know or to convey any of these [aboriginal] stories here”, presumably because in the fractured pseudo-nation of 21st Century Australia those of certain “other” identity must defer entirely to some endorsed commissariat with the right “authority” (so much for “inclusiveness”, so much for larrikin ANZAC etc.). Instead Boulton next even seems to defer to the recruiting team on this: “[I] salute the many Indigenous Australians who have served in the Australian Army, since World War I”. So Boulton flashes a boxer at aboriginal Australians only if they have submitted to her corporate sponsor i.e., the Australian Army. There’s a word for such selective and discriminatory treatment of people based on notions of ethnicity and “race”, and Boulton surely knows what that word is. But none of that makes for reconciliation between indigenous and settler Australians, and no vague and superficial token or Virtue Signal makes for an effective army or nation.

    As in the wider community, both in Australia and overseas, Identity Politics has caused irreconcilable divisions, contradictions, double standards and outright hypocrisies to the point where populations no longer submit to the cultural overlords who imposed such divisiveness upon them. Boulton’s advocacy forms a military arm of that regime, and expresses precisely the same seismic faults of inconsistency. Ironically Boulton exposes her case most glaringly where she alludes, however vaguely (she uses the inferior Penguin-Rapaport abridgement and translation), to Clausewitz’s profound aphorisms around “War as a continuation of Politics with other means”. Boulton reduces the notion severely: “war is an extension of politics” (p.18), and seems to take the Prussian’s insightful observation as licence to thereby advocate “future war as an extension of Identity Politics”, as if a prescription for political hustlers of whichever stripe may prevail at a given time as if part of Clausewitz’s formula for military success. Clausewitz made no such claim or implication: in fact, it would be far likelier that nationalist Clausewitz would foresee the disaster of Identity Politics carried into any country’s military, because the dispersal into and emphasis on separate identity interests would prevent any Schwerpunkt, or concentration of effort, at all levels of war.

    Now Liz Boulton’s bosses are no doubt pleased to bask in the Virtue Broadcast of her paper ‘Teaming’, and Major Boulton herself is probably assured of making it to Lance Colonel soon if she hasn’t already. But the splintered identity agendas of ‘Teaming’, and their mytholigized and fantasized discussion, all actually render the paper into an anti-Clausewitzian tome in which its author can find no Centre of Gravity in any ‘team’ of such dissipatied and separate identities. In failing to grasp such essential dicta as Clausewitz’s in ‘On War’ therefore, Boulton’s application of Identity Politics in ‘Teaming’ rather depicts a dire identity crisis for both a nation and its military.

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  15. From what I can make out Xena leads a militaristic warrior society of vigilantes who dispense collective and indiscriminate punishment to all without a trial. For example, in one Xena story she razes a town because an enemy was born there (according to Wikipedia).

    This paper appears to be in direct defiance of the CDF directive on symbols which explicitly bans the use of symbols of indiscriminate use of force through overt militarism like the Spartans, or vigilante punishment like the Phantom. This document draws heavily on militarism and vigilantism and, is therefore, in breach of the policy on symbols.

    However, like all military jobs and fitness standards, the rules won’t be applied equally to women. The military has become a bigoted anti Christian and now anti straight male organisation.

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  16. Australia is going the way of the UK…..that is not a place we want to go.

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  17. In a comment I made on another item I suggested that the current and previous generals would not be capable of running a boy scouts jamboree.
    It looks likely that I will have to change that opinion to not being capable of running a girl guides door-to-door cookie sale campaign.
    Fortunately at my age I wont be around in 2050 so will miss out on seeing this debacle take place.
    When you’ve got the army paying for abortions and sex change operations I guess anything is possible, especially when it seems that our generals and HQ staff spend most of their time reading comics.

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  18. It looks like somebody has managed to get her entire PhD dissertation (or at least part of it) published on the ADFs website.

    No doubt it will get her a gold star!

    The pictures are truly awful, skip forward to the section on ‘Men’ to see her real views …I just wish these individuals … almost entirely from the Combat Service Support arena would just stay in THEIR lane.

    Indeed in my entire 24 years of service (for a another nation with the Commonwealth of Nations in another time & space) almost EVERY Officer I met – no matter if they were wearing Khaki, Lovat Green, Dark or Light Blue was a closet & very frustrated Infantry Lance Corporal that never made it, always champing at the bit. No disrespect meant Bernard – you look like you had your head screwed on as an intelligence Officer!

    Stay in lane I say – I doubt the Infantry has had ANY input on what is being foisted upon them.

    Per Mare Per Terram

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  19. Just how many generals does the over-generalled Australian Army have?
    Are they all moral and psychological nullities wallowing in a politically correct fantasy world?
    Why does Muddling Malcolm allow this politically correct absurdity to continue and increase?

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    • To be fair, Turnbull actually has near-zero say in this Deep State-Empire garbage: if he dared try he’d face dirty tricks from the elite and their fellow travelers in such hallowed circles as ASIO, DFAT, AGs etc. Vide the farcical, expensive campaign against Trump, still going on

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  20. It appears that part of the senior officer training curriculum is undergoing a frontal lobotomy!

    Just wondering!

    If Officers lead by example, others will follow, but always be sure that those who follow are not doing so out of idle curiosity.

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  21. Will these Xana Warriors wear the minimal unifor that was adopted by xena? I think the men would revel in servong alongside such ravishing looking women. Of course the Islamists women we let ointo the services to soak up our defence methods would still have to be disguised in a Burka. The Islamic men they are sent to fight would by the law of the quoran automatically terminate themselves for seeing womens thighs and bare arms.

    How stupid are the Commanders of our services to beieve in this fantasy. If you want to see real womens forces, that are as tough if not tougher than Western men in service, look no further than Israel or the Yazidi.Islamics literaly shit themsleves if caught by a yazidi womans group. They are castrated and stretched over ants nests. The work of real warrors not fantasy ones. As for israeli women, tough, loyal and competemnt.

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  22. This would be hilarious if it weren’t factual.

    God save Australia from the politically correct madness infecting our ‘defence forces’ [sic], giving foreign invaders an open invitation.

    The most cost-effective effective weapon against this craziness is talkback radio. Phone your local talkback radio station to call for the abolition of politically correctness throughout the public service!

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  23. Has Basil Fawlty taken over the Australian Army now?.

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    • No I really do believe it’s Sybil Fawlty !!, I can almost see, and hear Basil cringeing.

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  24. Here we go gathering nuts in May …

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    • gathering nuts in May, gathering nuts in May.Here we go gathering nuts in May. just don’t cut them all off or no more girls either. Sorry that just doesn’t fit does it ?_

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  25. Ah, yes! Let’s not forget the Amazons!

    I believe the Trojans had them as allies against the Aecheans. Interestingly enough their best warrior Queen Penthesilea was easily killed in battle by Achilles ( a bloke) No doubt she would have been a formidable opponent in the ladies change room though.

    This drivel was obviously penned in one of the Army’s new masturbation rooms.

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  26. How did this person reach the rank of Major? She should have been given her papers before reaching the rank of lieutenant or better still not allowed to join in the first place. Surely this lunacy would have shown up on the psychological assessments done during the recruiting process. Given the level of leadership and gender divergent thinking that has been displayed by the top echelon of the Army in recent years it would seem that it is time to bring forward the retirements of all those top brass in Canberra and a full psychological assessment be carried out on all Officers to see if they are fit to continue service. The Defence Force is a fighting force there to protect Australia not a fantasy force that exists in the minds of those who obviously would be happier reading comic books.

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    • XENA or not a bullet remains totally non gender specific. Whatever it hits remains hit. To think that the Australian army could recruit all female platoons, let alone battalions, is an absurdity short of the re-introduction of conscription. And then the question would be how many of the women called up would reach even reduced physical standards and how many of the conscript females would wish to serve in infantry, artillery or engineer units ? It is understood that of some 150 women who thought they would have a crack at being foot soldiers only twenty four made the standard and of those eighteen were since medically down graded. Realistically and logistically, and putting to one side the supposed question of gender bias, is it really worth while to spend so much time experimenting with concepts which, if put into practice, would fulfill the desires of a very, very small number of somewhat unusual females ?

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