Australian Army turns 104 today

A quick note to let you all know that the Australian Army has had it's 104th anniversary of inception as of today, the 1st of March, 2005. A proud heritage, the Army of today continues the work of their forbears, and takes the image of the digger into the 21st century.

Some words from the current Chief of Army, LTGEN Peter Leahy.

"The Australian Army has gained a reputation world-wide for professionalism, courage, dedication and compassion. Australian soldiers are respected and admired wherever they go. This reputation has been earned through hard work, determination and experience.

Soldiers continue to make a real and positive contribution to the lives of the people they touch and they are playing a significant role in making the world a safer and more peaceful place. The success of the Army over the past 104 years would not have been possible without the support of the Australian public and in particular Army’s families. On behalf of all soldiers – thank you."

Pop quiz - Who is Australia's most decorated soldier? Hint, the man made people like Audie Murphy seem like boy scouts. And no, it's not Albert Jacka, he's No. 2. Same battalion though...

Cross-posted at Bastards Inc.

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