Australian infantry soldiers are ashamed of their low-risk missions in Iraq and Afghanistan and are scorned by troops of other nations, two seasoned officers charged in comments published Tuesday.
“The restrictions and policies enforced on infantrymen in Iraq have resulted in the widespread perception that our army is plagued by institutional cowardice,” Major Jim Hammett wrote in the Australian Army Journal…
In a separate article, Captain Greg Colton said infantry troops were increasingly frustrated because special forces appeared to be favoured for offensive operations while they were set “second-rate operational tasks”.
I don’t think anyone really questions the capability of the Australian troops. However, much like we saw with the comment about the British Army I pointed out this morning, Sitting back due to political concerns while there’s real fighting to be done is not going to reflect well on your military and certainly won’t contribute to morale.
Security, peacekeeping, and general rebuilding duties are critically important to our war effort. But they’re not going to keep your typical infantryman satisfied for very long. These are guys who have trained to fight, and they’ve proven that they’re more than capable. To be sitting on the sidelines won’t sit well with most of them.