NOWHERE MAN By Waz Ando, Delta Coy 6 RAR
When 8/9 RAR was being re-raised, and 6 RAR had blokes on deployment all over the place, it was a pretty fluid time. Charlie Coy 6 RAR was being disbanded. I was in Delta Coy for two months before I was put on the role. There was a lid whose last name was Brown or Smith – something very generic. He volunteered to go to 8/9, but then got cold feet it seemed and decided to go AWOL. Trouble was 8/9 thought he wasn’t coming, so didn’t worry about him, 6 thought he had gone to 8/9 so didn’t worry about him. Someone thought he was at Delta Coy, and had been marking his name off on the role, when in fact it was another bloke. It took something like six months for it to all shake out, and they had been paying him the whole time. Word was they couldn’t charge him, as he had been marked on the role.
The seriousness of a wound (in a fire-fight) is inversely proportional to the distance to any form of cover.