AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE FORCE HEAVILY OVERLOADED AT THE TOP

We would like to acknowledge the following information has been taken from
https://greens.org.au/news/media-release/more-generals-fewer-troops-australian-defence-leaders
The figures are compiled for the Greens by the Parliamentary Library.

December 2023

MORE GENERALS, FEWER TROOPS, AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE LEADERSHIP TOPPLES OVER WITH THE WEIGHT OF GOLD BRAID
Figures compiled for the Greens by the Parliamentary Library show a tremendously top-heavy Australian Defence Force with the number of flag officers almost doubling since 2003 from 119 to 219.
This means there is a one star level officer for every 260 full-time uniformed members. This is way out of whack with comparable militaries around the world.
International Comparisons
International comparisons show just how braid-heavy the ADF has become:
  • For every one of the 219 star-ranked officers in the Australian Defence Force, there are just 260 other officers and enlisted members,
  • For every one of the 863 star-ranked officers in the US military, there are 1,500 other officers and enlisted members,
  • For every one of the 115 star-ranked officers in the UK there are 1,200 other officers and enlisted members.
It’s not just numbers where the Australian military topples over at the top, it’s also on pay:

 

  • The Australian Chief of Defence Force is paid $1,062,702,
  • The US Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff is paid $330,000 AUD,
  • The UK Chief of the Defence Staff is paid $530,000 AUD.
The size of the ADF has not changed since 1986.
The above figures can be confirmed by ABC:
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2023-12-01/statistics-reveal-australian-military-top-heavy/103173718
Just imagine Australians, we could have the equivalent of three US Chairmen of the Joint Chief of Staff for our one Chief of Defence, General Angus Campbell!  

 

Is there any wonder why ADF cannot afford to take care of our returned/retired soldiers with Post-Trumatic Stress Disorders and serious medical injuries.

 

On 29 March 2024 Australian Defence Force chief General Angus Campbell vowed to push for enduring reform in Australia’s military and defence culture to address the suicide crisis that has taken the lives of 1600 servicemen and women between 1997 and 2020 – 20 times the number of service personnel killed on active duty.
General Campbell said the ADF should not be concerned with reputation management as it dealt with allegations of misconduct, saying its senior leadership and 100,000-strong workforce should only concern themselves with “doing the right thing”.
“I believe that Defence should do the right thing and by doing the right thing reputation, good or bad, emerges from others,” he said.
“And not just in this setting but in many circumstances wherever I hear people expressing concern about reputation, my immediate response is our job is to do the right thing. Others will choose to give us a reputation that we deserve.”

 

TODAY 28 MAY 2024

AT THE ROYAL COMMISSION INTO DEFENCE AND VETERAN SUICIDE

GENERAL ANGUS CAMPBELL ISSUES UNRESERVED APOLOGY FOR ‘DEFICIENCIES’ IN SUPPORTING VETERANS during and after their service and says he is committed to “doing better”.
During its final week of public hearings and on the final day  ADF Chief General Angus Campbell faced the Royal Commission.   He acknowledged failings in “wellbeing support and care”.

“Defence is committed and I am committed to doing better.”

It is six years since General Angus Campbell was appointed to command the Australian Defence Force on 7 July 2018.

Please read further

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-03-28/nsw-defence-veteran-royal-commission-chief-apology/103643594