An Overview of the Military History of Australia during the Vietnam War

Introduction Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War began with a small commitment of 30 military advisors in 1962, and increased over the following decade to a peak of 7,672 Australian personnel following the Menzies Government’s April 1965 decision to upgrade its military commitment to South Vietnam’s security. By the time the last Australian personnel were… Read More

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What was the Battle of Long Tan (1966)?

Introduction The Battle of Long Tan (18 August 1966) took place in a rubber plantation near Long Tân, in Phước Tuy Province, South Vietnam, during the Vietnam War. The action was fought between Viet Cong (VC) and People’s Army of Vietnam (PAVN) units and elements of the 1st Australian Task Force (1 ATF). Australian signals… Read More

Should We Adopt a Structured Resistance Training Programme for Military Personnel Aiming to Optimise Army-Specific Fitness & Skills Performance?

Research Paper Title Effects of Periodised vs. Nonperiodised Resistance Training on Army-Specific Fitness and Skills Performance. Background This study investigated the effects of periodised resistance training (PRD) and nonperiodised resistance training (NPRD) on army-specific fitness and skills performance measures. Methods Forty-nine serving members of the Australian Army were randomly assigned to 1 of 3 training… Read More

Does Completing Basic Military Training mean a decline in Physical Performance?

Research Paper Title Positive, limited and negative responders: The variability in physical fitness adaptation to basic military training. Background To investigate the heterogeneity of physical adaptation in Australian Army recruits completing a 12-week basic military training regimen. This was a prospective research design. Methods Volunteer recruits (n=195) completed 12-weeks of basic military training. Recruit physical… Read More

What is the Variability in Physical Fitness Adaptation to Basic Military Training in Australian Army Recruits?

Research Paper Title Positive, limited and negative responders: The variability in physical fitness adaptation to basic military training. Background The purpose of this research was to investigate the heterogeneity of physical adaptation in Australian Army recruits completing a 12-week basic military training regimen. It was a prospective research design. Methods Volunteer recruits (n=195) completed 12-weeks of… Read More

An Analysis of Reported Dangerous Incidents, Exposures, & Near Misses amongst Australian Army Soldiers

Research Paper Title An Analysis of Reported Dangerous Incidents, Exposures, and Near Misses amongst Army Soldiers. Background Occupational health and safety incidents occurring in the military context are of great concern to personnel and commanders. Incidents such as “dangerous incidents”, “exposures”, and “near misses” (as distinct from injuries, illnesses, and fatalities) indicate serious health and… Read More

Gender & the Australian Army: Preparing for the Future & Military Capability

Report Paper Title Teaming: An Introduction to Gender Studies, Unshackling Human Talent and Optimising Military Capability for the coming Era of Equality: 2020 to 2050. Abstract Gender has been a high-profile issue within the Army over the last five years. In response to Pathways to Change (PtC), Army has introduced significant changes in a short period.… Read More