In recent years, the purpose of the Army has diverged from the priorities of broader Australian society.
There is a troubling disconnect between a once-iconic institution and broader society.
Michelle Grattan speaks with Nicholas Klomp about the week in Australian politics.
Australian nurses and patients at the Auxiliary Hospital Unit in Antwerp during the first world war.
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Among all things Anzac, the contribution of women is becoming more complicated and controversial.
In his role overseeing Operation Sovereign Borders, Campbell was known for his tight lips in face of questions, often ruling them out as “on water” matters.
Campbell replaces the present chief, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, 58, who will retire from the ADF.
The army's recruitment campaign speaks to minorities, but inclusivity is not the only thing at stake.
Since 2013, the ADF has permitted members to march in uniform in Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.
Now, the service chiefs argue that LGBTI inclusion expands the force’s diversity, bringing different life experiences, and thus increase the ADF’s capabilities.
A soldier kisses his son following a tour of Helmand Province, Afghanistan in 2010.
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The families of armed forces personnel feel alienated in civilian company and need more understanding from the general public.
What do you mean you can’t stick your hands up? DVA security operative at Poland’s private European Security Academy.
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Politicians are promising to advance their countries' international positions through nationalist militarisation and celebration of virile men.
Dinner time at Harrogate’s army foundation college.
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What are the ethics of teaching children about the army as part of the national curriculum?
The Canadian Armed Forces wants to attract more women to join its ranks.
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The Canadian Armed Forces has called for women to make up 25 per cent of its ranks by 2026. Attracting and retaining female recruits will require better gender awareness in the military at all levels.
A soldier stands guard after a clash with demobilised ex-rebel fighters at the entrance of Bouaké,Côte d'Ivoire, 23 May 2017.
Côte d'Ivoire's government needs to provide different incentives and opportunities to former combatants.
A rainbow wreath laid by defence forces at a contemporary Anzac Day service.
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Until 1992, being a gay or lesbian soldier was illegal in Australia. New research is unearthing the heartbreaking stories of people who devoted their lives to the military but were discharged when their sexuality was exposed.
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Contemporary television is replete with gruesome tests of survival, charting our obsession with what modern man has lost.
The future battlefield will look very different.
What is hybrid warfare, and why would Australia benefit from its technological developments?
Worried that a shortage of language speakers could be a security risk, the army now gives soldiers cash incentives to learn them.
Human experience must remain at the heart of technological advances.
The tweet is mightier than the sword.
The British Army is bringing in a new brigade, specialising in psychological warfare, and particularly the use of social media. Whereas the infantry, cavalry, artillery and engineers have been staple units…
Soldiers face a tough time adapting after service.
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Accusations are being made that the UK government is failing to meet the very standards it set for itself when it comes to veterans. Medical experts say former military personnel are not being given the…
The recent introduction of unisex dormitories in the Norwegian army was associated with a decline in incidences of sexual assault.
Earlier this year, Norwegian sociologists Ulla-Britt Lilleaas and Dag Ellingsen released a report on their country’s armed forces entitled The Army: The Vanguard, Rear Guard and Battlefield of Equality…
Since 1999, around 45,000 Australians have served on overseas operations with the Australian Defence Force.
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While many people are relieved Australia is concluding its operations in Afghanistan, the effects of our involvement have, in many ways, only just begun. Retired Major General John Cantwell, the author…