BUSTED By Logan Trinity, 1 CSSB, OJT as a clerk

A corporal from 7 RAR was sent to Kapooka after 1 RTF – I think it was as an RI. While there, it was a long weekend – a public holiday. He thought, ‘Fuck yeah,’ and didn’t show up to work. They tried calling him but no luck. The next he went to work as […]

NUDIE RUN, ST PATRICK’S DAY, 2006 By A Naughty Digger…6 RAR

I remember once at Puckapunyal we nuded up and streaked the tent lines. The boss (Rupert) yelled at me, “Get over here,” so I stood right close to him at attention and looked down at him, grinning. He told me I had 10 seconds to get my clothes on and go to bed. I replied, […]

WAYNE LEO By Percy Angilley, 8/9 RAR

Wayne Leo was the Line Section Commander of Signal Platoon, Support Company 8/9 RAR. This man was a dynamo and even young Lego (Peter Lergessner), his protégée couldn’t keep up. On one battalion exercise our CO ordered us to advance with radio silence and hence Line Section and Wayne Leo came into their glory. At […]

URBAN MYTHS & LEGENDS By Bob Meehan, 4 RAR/NZ

Dat Do Dogs & Hoa Long Dance On arrival at Nui Dat, South Vietnam, where the 1st Australian Task Force (1 ATF) was situated, many of the new troops were informed of all the amenities within the area, ie where concerts were held, outdoor movies were shown, the location of the library, the Red Cross […]

EX TANDEM THRUST By Russell Nastasi, 6 RAR

In 2002 the Australian Army, along with US defence forces, engaged in Ex Tandem Thrust, which took place in the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA). At the time I was serving with Bravo Coy 6 RAR and we had been tasked to play enemy against some 25,000 troops. We spent the majority of the time […]