Posted November 08, 2018 07:11:48 When the Australian Defence Force began recruiting volunteers in the early 1990s, they knew a great deal about what kind of men they wanted to become.
The first patriots were the hardy and rugged, the brave and self-sacrificing.
The second group was the pragmatic and pragmatic, the people who thought they could make a difference.
And the third group were the soft and cuddly, the caring and caring-to-the-point-of-being-inappropriate-for-the office type.
For decades, the three groups have been at odds, with the former arguing for the primacy of personal responsibility, while the latter are more comfortable with being the centre of attention and attention-seeking.
And with a growing number of the young recruits, these conflicts have escalated to the point where the Defence Force has started to pull out of the process altogether.
The Defence Force and its veterans are in an uncomfortable position.
They’ve got an old, old enemy, and they’ve got to choose whether to play it off against the new and the better.
One of the main issues the servicemen and women face is the growing perception that they’re not ready for prime time.
For most, this is an unwelcome fact.
For the first time, young people have a much easier time in a democracy than they did in the past.
The number of people who say they would like to be prime minister is rising, while that of politicians is falling.
The public’s mood is very different from the past, as it is from the early days of the Coalition.
The current Government is, on balance, the least popular of the major political parties.
In a recent poll, 51 per cent of Australians thought they would do well to be the first to win the election, with 42 per cent giving a negative rating to the Opposition.
That’s a stark contrast to the previous government, which was polling in the single digits, while in Opposition the numbers were at a near 90 per cent approval.
The biggest threat facing the future of the armed forces comes from the political parties, who have had their own challenges in getting Australians to believe that the country can handle the demands of the future.
In this election, the Coalition has been forced to offer the defence establishment a fresh and compelling set of policy priorities.
Its plan is to boost defence spending, with a target of 10 per cent defence spending by 2020-21, and to expand Australia’s nuclear deterrent by another 30 per cent.
What the Defence Forces are up against The Defence Forces have to grapple with these issues.
One is that, although the government’s new military strategy is expected to be a major plank of its election platform, the military has been grappling with the question of what the country needs.
The biggest challenge the military faces is a shortage of personnel.
At a time when the size of the military is being scaled back, there are currently about 9,000 troops in the armed services.
This means that there are just under 30,000 active duty and reserve soldiers in the Australian armed forces.
The service is struggling to fill the ranks and this is partly because of the need to recruit and train young men, who will be a critical part of the defence force for decades to come.
The defence force is also struggling to cope with the transition to a digital age, which is creating a huge need for new personnel.
And there is a problem with training young people.
In the past few years, there have been a number of high-profile incidents where young people in the military have committed suicide.
The Government is committed to creating a safe and nurturing environment for all young people, but the problem is that these suicides are occurring in a highly sensitive time for the Armed Forces.
This has also led to a major increase in suicides among young men in the Armed Services.
And this is just the beginning.
One of the biggest challenges for the military in the coming years is how to recruit the best people to serve in the future, given that Australia is a population with more than 3 million members.
There are a number other issues that the defence forces are facing as well.
The largest is the changing nature of the Defence Industry.
Australia is moving towards a more agile, more mobile society, which means that a significant part of our military needs to change with it.
The Australian Defence Forces is already struggling with this, with many of its bases and sites in remote parts of the country, and as a result the service is not always prepared to respond to disasters or other emergencies.
The problem is exacerbated by the fact that the Defence Ministry is only responsible for the defence of our territory, and not our overseas territories.
And if something does go wrong, it is the Defence Minister who must be able to come down and rescue us.
Another issue the Defence forces are struggling with is the increasing reliance on private sector contracting, which has been a big driver of the rise in costs.
The costs of maintaining and maintaining