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It is late
May and it is getting close to the Annual General Meeting and Dinner in
September. Since the last newsletter the Association has been rather busy.
Firstly we must congratulate Paul de Jersey who is to be appointed as the
next Governor for the State of Queensland. Paul was commissioned within QUR.
The Back to the Regiment function was conducted at the depot and members
attending were given a tour of the renovated facilities. We were impressed
with the work done following the damaging floods in Brisbane.
We were given a briefing by the Commanding Officer and his staff. They
explained the current QUR training program. It was a great surprise to us
the extent of the number of courses now conducted by the unit. Previously
the Regiment was primarily a training unit charged to produce commissioned
officers for the Army Reserve. QUR’s focus had now changed and increased to
a point where its size parallels the old “Training Group”. Personally I was
surprised with the changes and gained a greater understanding of the
workload expected from the CO and his staff. To assist QURA members to also
understand the changes I asked the CO to prepare a “user friendly” chart of
the course outline for QUR. This can be seen later in this newsletter. I am
sure that upon reading this chart you will gain a greater respect and
understanding of the workload and commitment expected from the CO and his
team. I congratulate all of them for achieving such high standards. It is a
mark of the quality of the training conducted by QUR, where their Commanding
Headquarters trust them by giving to them such a huge workload. An amusing
point for the “old and bold” is that the responsibility for recruiting is to
be passed back to the units instead of the centralized processes in the CBD.
For those who were around in the old days it makes one smile when the
processes offered up as “new” are those we used years ago. The big wheel
In past newsletters I mentioned the changes to the appointment of the
Honorary Colonel for QUR and the new appointment of a Colonel Commandant for
QUR. Brigadier Sam Harrison had written to his Parliamentary Member and the
Commander 2 Division regarding these changes. The replies he has received
are listed further in this newsletter.
We have progressed further with the recording of the history of QUR. We have
contacted the Australian War Memorial to gain advice as to how to store the
historical documents. Now that we know what is required we have commenced
electronically recording and cataloguing the items. As this is being
completed the items will be placed within the sections of the first written
history of the Regiment thereby updating the old history. Fortunately the
old history was available in electronic form when produced. At this stage
the new expanded history will not be printed but will be made available to
members on CD media. Updates will be available in future.
The Annual General Meeting and Dinner will be held at the United Services
Club on Friday 12 September 2014 at 1900 for 1930 hours. The night is a very
relaxed dinner during which the necessary activity for the conduct of an
Annual General Meeting occurs. At the end of the dinner we look forward to a
brief update of the status of the Regiment given by the Commanding Officer.
This year we are delighted to have Dick Palk accept an invitation to speak
about his recent time as an Ambassador for Australia in Europe. Dick will
focus on the conduct of celebrations and arrangements for Anzac Day and
other Remembrance Day activities. As usual the old executive management
committee will stand down from their positions and a new committee will be
formed (President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer, Membership
Secretary/Website Manager, History Manager, Newsletter Editor, Committee
members.) Should you be prepared to be available for any of the positions
please let me know and I will make the necessary arrangements for your
nomination to go fourth.
We look forward to your attendance at the AGM and dinner in September.
CO's Report May 2014
It has been an
eventful year so far. Since my last report some of the
* Supporting the ‘Back to the Regiment’ conducted at the St
Lucia depot. The function was very well attended and I was
pleased to be able to give an update on the span of activity
that the Regiment is engaged in.
* QUR successfully supported ANZAC Day services at Toowong and
Indooroopilly. The Gunfire breakfast at the St Lucia Depot was
enjoyable and also well conducted.
* The ‘All Ranks Dinner’ held at the Area Theater at Gallipoli
Barracks was very positive with over 100 Regt members, partners
and QURA members attending. It was a wonderful opportunity for
all ranks of the Regiment to mix in a semi-formal environment.
The new Colonel Commandant, MAJGEN Fairweather, attended this
function in his new role.
* QUR has taken possession of our new buildings at the Gallipoli
Barracks. The buildings H2 and H10 (formerly WONCO SQ) will
provide much improved facilities for QUR’s Gallipoli Barracks
based elements; Training Company, Administration Company and
Brigade Induction Company.
* QUR members have participated in the pilot of the ARES
Physical Employment Standards Assessment (PESA). This assessment
will replace the Combat Fitness Test (CFA) and consists of a
combination of load march, fire and movement, jerry can carry
and 30kg box lift. The standard differs according to Corps but
applies equally to gender and age.
* QUR formed a Brigade Recruiting Cell (BRC) to support
recruiting activity across the Brigade
Recruiting activity within the 2nd Division in recent years has
been very limited due to resource constraints and the primacy of
the Defence Force Recruiting (DFR) organisation. However,
recruiting is again becoming a priority for 11 Brigade. This is
a response to a trend for the Army Reserve (and 11 Brigade)
where more people are leaving than we have been recruiting. In
March, QUR was tasked with addressing the issue and on 01 April,
we formed a Brigade Recruiting Cell.
The BRC will:
* support DFR
and units conduct recruiting activity
* provide information to potential recruits
* advise DFR on the Brigade priorities for recruiting
* monitor the throughput from inquiry to enlistment
* work closely with the Brigade Induction Company to ensure
smooth transition from enlistment to employment.
May and June see QUR enter its most demanding period for the year.
In these eight weeks we will run 12 courses, in four locations,
training over 300 members (from Recruit to Major) in a broad range
of military skills.
We are currently planning the Officers’ and Senior Non Commissioned
Officer’s Regimental Dinner (planned for 11 Oct); we will have
details to the QURA soon.
I hope to see many of
Scientia ac Labore
Queensland University Regiment
Correspondence re Honorary
Colonel / Colonel
CHANGES- HONORARY COLONEL FOR QUR
past few newsletters I drew your attention to the
changes to the appointment of Honorary Colonels to
several units in Army. The Queensland University
Regiment was advised that as of the completion of
the five year tenure of Major General John Pearn as
our Honorary Colonel he would not be replaced by
another Honorary Colonel.
In the new structure Army advised us that with
effect 01 July 2013 a Colonel Commandant for QUR
would be appointed for a 5 year tenure. The first
appointment would be Major General Michael
Fairweather AM, RFD. His biography can be seen in
our last newsletter.
When QURA first became aware of the changes that
Army had planned Brigadier Sam Harrison wrote to Mrs
Jane Prentice, Member for Ryan, and to Major General
Steven Smith, Commander 2 Division. Sam received two
replies, one from Stuart Robert, the Assistant
Minister for Defence, via Mrs Jane Pentice and one
from Major General Steven Smith. The two replies are
listed below for members to read.
farwelled the Honorary Colonel, Major General John
Pearn at their last parade for 2013 on 26 November.
John had been Honorary Colonel from 2005 to 2013.
On his retirement, the Army has decided to disband
the position of Honorary Colonel, QUR and replace
the position with Colonel Commandant, QUR.
Training in QUR
TRAINING IN QUR – YOU WOULD BE
SURPRISED WHAT QUR DOES TODAY!
During the last “Back to the Regiment” the Commanding
Officer and his staff briefed the attendees on what
responsibilities the Regiment had for training. For
those who still believe that QUR is really just the same
as before it will be a great surprise to you exactly
what courses QUR now conduct.
More than likely the “old and bold” will still remember
that the main aim for QUR’s training commitment was to
conduct such training as to qualify Officer Cadets for
commissioning to corps appointments in the Army Reserve.
Usually up to 20 per year were qualified.
However gradually over the past years the Regiment has
been given increased responsibilities for many more
training courses. When you examine the new courses you
can see that these new courses far exceeds the
responsibilities required for the Officer Cadet
commissioning course. In fact QUR looks more like the
structure of the old “Training Group”. Although the old
Training Group had several individual units under
command (QUR, OCTU, RURQ, 1PAY CORPS and the 1 TRAINING
GP Unit) the number of soldiers under command and the
number of courses conducted are similar.
One of the more alarming aspects arising from the new
responsibilities are the ranks structure of the manning.
The Commanding Officer now, a Lieutenant Colonel, has a
staff of 45 Majors. Imagine the time required now to
complete the personal report (old PR 19) for each
officer each year. He would be a very busy man.
I encourage all to read the document below so that you
understand the current responsibilities for which QUR is
charged. IT IS A TOTALLY NEW QUR! The men and women in
QUR really have an enormous task given to them.
We always knew that QUR has delivered high quality
training. The Army system has indeed recognized the
professional and excellent standards of training by
trusting QUR to conduct all the new courses. We must all
congratulate all the top class men and women of the
Regiment now and over the past years who have
demonstrated such quality standards of soldiering.
Training in QUR
The Queensland University Regiment
has hit the ground running again this year. May is
one of the busiest months, but none seem to be
quiet. All up, the Regiment will provide over 343
days of training for around 1000 trainees this year.
The table below provides a summary of this year’s
Annual Training Days
All Corps Captains Course
course. Command Leadership and Management.
All Corps Captains Course
course. Company level foundation war
All Corps Majors Course
course. Command, Leadership and Management.
All Corps Majors Course
course. Battle group level foundation war
Combat Arms Module
Employment Training Module 2
infantry field craft training.
C2 Drivers Course
Land Rover (and 4x4) driver training.
MR2 Drivers Course
TAE10 Training and
Military Risk Management
First Appointment Course
(Non Continuous Training)
Officer cadet field craft
and other lessons.
The table doesn’t show the
additional work required of instructors and trainees
for pre course work, particularly for the All Corps
Captains and Majors courses. Nor does it show the
other training QUR is often tasked to provide, such
as this year’s leadership seminars for lieutenants,
majors and lieutenant colonels.
staff deliver training in
Townsville and various locations around South East
Queensland. QUR also provides instructor support to
the First Appointment Course continuous training
blocks delivered by Sydney University Regiment and
College, Duntroon. There
are five training blocks:
Training Block 1:
Foundation Skills is actually the Reserve Recruit
Training Course and will be conducted at the Army
Recruit Training Centre,
Kapooka. This training block is 28 days long
and is usually undertaken in January or July.
Training Block 2:
Small Military Team Leader Theory is 16 days long
and is conducted twice yearly by Sydney University
Regiment. This training block builds on the skills
introduced in Training Block 1 and introduces new
operational, weapons and navigation skills.
Training Block 3:
Small Military Team Leader is 16
days long and is conducted twice yearly by Sydney
University Regiment. This training block introduces
command, leadership and management skills in
addition to military administration.
Team Command, Leadership and
Management is 16 days long and is conducted twice
yearly by Sydney University Regiment. This training
block revises and tests small team level operations
as well as building further on administrative
capabilities for small team leaders.
Training Block 5:
All Corps Army Reserve Platoon
Commander is 28 days long and is conducted the
Duntroon. This training
block confirms officer cadets have all the
attributes, skills and values to become an officer
in the Army Reserve. It also confirms they have the
leadership, management, operational skills and
knowledge required of a junior officer to command a
platoon on likely Army Reserve operations.
Between each of the training
blocks, QUR conducts non continuous training to
maintain proficiencies and provide additional
competencies. This training is done using a mix of
field weekends, range practices and theory lessons.
The training is intensive, but one of the more
common comments from graduates is how busy they get
after they finish the course and start taking
on the responsibilities of being a lieutenant in the
There are plenty of challenges
for QUR; the unit establishment doesn’t include
enough instructors for all the courses run by the
unit, the unit is carrying vacancies for several
ranks (but particularly corporals), drivers courses
use vehicles that are in the very twilight of their
service life, and career courses have and will
continue to change. That so much is asked of QUR and
its people really just shows they are up to the
QUR Birthday All
Ranks Function - 3rd May 2014
QUR held an All Ranks function at
Gallipoli Barracks to celebrate QUR's birthday.
Unfortunately President Trevor Luttrell could not
attend. Below are some pictures taken during
QUR Graduation Photos
- February 2014
Pictured below are
the February 2014 QUR graduates.
Graduates from QUR (from left)
Brig Porter, LT
Jarrad Bellgardt, Lt Ian Wright,
LTCOL Mark Armstrong, LT Helen
Goody, LT Meryvn Ng, MAJ Michael
Stone, LT Stallman (Nth Qld) and
CAPT James Pascoe.
|Lt Helen Goody
LTGEN Morrison, Chief of Army
Mervyn Ng (left),
LT Helen Goody, LT Stallman,
CAPT James Pascoe,
LT Ian Wright
Defence Reserves Association Dinner
Defence Reserves Association-
is pleased to invite you
Friday, 20 June 2014
Venue: United Service Club, 183 Wickham
$80 per person includes a two course meal and after dinner port (all
other drinks to be purchased from the bar)
for a 7.30pm start
Mess Undress; Army: Mess Dress; RAAF: Mess Kit;
Pre-selected tables of 8 to 10 or random seating allocation
Attendees: All ranks,
Active, Standby, or Retired members, partners, friends and guests
Free Parking: Available
free at rear of the United Services Club entrance off Little Edward
Street. Entry is opposite Astor Terrace.
Registration: Via email
to DRA Secretary MAJ Trevor Herrod
Via registration form (attached) with
payment to Defence Reserve Association-Queensland Branch and posted
MAJ Trevor Herrod
PO Box 384
Everton Park QLD 4051
Debit to DRA Bank Account NAB Acacia Ridge
BSB 084-100, Account No 20 801 2836.
Last Date to Register: 14 June 14
completed Registration Form to:
Attn: MAJ Trevor Herrod
PO Box 384
Everton Park QLD 4051
I will be attending the function. My
Name and Rank: ………………………………………….
My e-mail Address:
Special Dietary needs
ph or e-mail address
Total Number Attending: …….Is a group
Table of 8 to 10 required: Y/N …….
If a group booking please provide the
name for the table: …………………....
Total Payment: $ ………..
Selected Payment Method: Cheque
………….. Cash ………….. Direct Debit …
Direct Debit to DRA Bank Account NAB
Acacia Ridge BSB 084-100, Account No 20 801 2836.
If you pay by direct debit please
send an e-mail to DRA
Secretary MAJ Trevor Herrod
with a completed registration with
the names of your guests.
Payment: Must be received no later
than 14 June 14.
Every man meets his Waterloo at last.
Wendell Phillips speech 1 November 1859
The only law in France today is to win or die. I
repeat my formal request, that you place in the
highest positions only men who are young,
energetic, and decided to win at any price;
eliminate the old fossils without pity.
Adolphe Messimy, imploring Marshal Joffre 1914
Armies do not win wars by means of a few bodies
of super- soldiers, but by the average quality
of their standard units…… Any well trained
infantry battalion should be able to do what a
commando can do; in the Fourteenth Army they
could and did.
William Slim 1956
The arms race is based upon an optimistic view
of technology and a pessimistic view of man.
I. Stone March 1969
General (Moshe) Dayan once said that he would
rather advance running in bare feet than walk in
slippers; we were barefoot perhaps but we were
able to advance fast.
Yael Dayan, A Soldiers Diary: Sinai 1967
Things to Think About
father used to be a blacksmith in a butcher shop. He
used to shoo flies
My uncle is an espionage agent at the mint. He’s a mint
You’ll never lead the band if you cannot face the music
Success is relative. The more success the more relatives
There is one consolation about life and taxes. When you
are through with one, you are through with the other
A dividend is per centum, per annum, perhaps
He’s such a brilliant accountant they have just named a
loophole after him
The after-dinner speaker either drives his message home
to his audience or drives his audience home
I have listened to your humble opinion and it certainly
The cheapest way of tracing your family tree is to
nominate for politics
Never put off till tomorrow what you can avoid
Why is it that wrong numbers are never out when you
Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it
kills all its pupils.
My goal is to die young at a very old age.
The only exercise I get is as a pallbearer to my
friends who exercise.
I refuse to spend my life worrying about what I
There is no pleasure worth forgoing just for an
extra three years in a geriatric ward.
Everything you see I owe to spaghetti.
The trouble with the dictionary is that you have
to know how a word is spelled before you can
look it up to see how it is spelled.
There is much pleasure to be gained from useless
Correspondence from Members
Listed below is some of the correspondence
received since the last Newsletter.
These emails are reproduced here for
entertainment and also to keep members
informed of other members movements, etc.
Please note: QURA receives emails/letters from time to time requesting contact
details of members. The current policy is if a fellow member requests
contact with another member, the contact details are given without
contacting the relevant member.
Where contact is requested by a non-member, the contact is referred to the
individual member to follow up the contact if they so desire.
From:- John Hammond
To:- Trevor Luttrell
Subject:- The SATNAV by Pam Ayres
have a little Satnav, It sits there in my
A Satnav is a driver's friend, it tells you
where you are.
I have a little Satnav, I've had it all my
It's better than the normal ones, my Satnav
is my wife.
It gives me full instructions, especially
how to drive
"It's sixty k's an hour", it says,
"You're doing sixty five".
It tells me when to stop and start, and when
to use the brake
And tells me that it's never ever, safe to
It tells me when a light is red, and when it
goes to green
It seems to know instinctively, just when to
It lists the vehicles just in front, and all
those to the rear
And taking this into account, it specifies
I'm sure no other driver, has so helpful a
For when we leave and lock the car, it still
gives its advice.
It fills me up with counselling, each
journey's pretty fraught
So why don't I exchange it, and get a
Ah well, you see, it cleans the house, makes
sure I'm properly fed
It washes all my shirts and things, and
keeps me warm in bed!
Despite all these advantages, and my
tendency to scoff,
I only wish that now and then, I could turn
the bugger off.
From:- Rod Hardaker
To:- Peter Morton
Subject:- Monopoly WW2
Monopoly - I Did Not Know This!
never look at the game the same way again!)
Starting in 1941, an increasing number of British airmen
found themselves as the involuntary guests of the Third
Reich, and the Crown was casting about for ways and
means to facilitate their escape.
obviously, one of the most helpful aids to that end is a
useful and accurate map -- one showing not only
where stuff was, but also showing the locations of
'safe houses' where a POW on the lam could go for food
maps had some real drawbacks -- they make a lot of noise
when you open and fold them, they wear out rapidly, and
if they get wet they turn into mush.
in MI-5 got the idea of printing escape maps on silk.
It's durable, can be scrunched up into tiny wads, and
unfolded as many times as needed, and makes no noise
that time, there was only one manufacturer in Great
Britain that had perfected the technology of printing on
silk, and that was John Waddington, Ltd. When
approached by the government, the firm was only too
happy to do its bit for the war effort.
pure coincidence, Waddington was also the U.K. licensee
for the popular American board game Monopoly. As it
happened, 'games and pastimes' was a category of item
qualified for insertion into 'CARE packages',
dispatched by the International Red Cross to prisoners
the strictest secrecy, in a securely guarded and
inaccessible old workshop on the grounds of
Waddington's, a group of sworn-to-secrecy employees
began mass-producing escape maps, keyed to each region
of Germany or Italy where Allied POW camps were. When
processed, these maps could be folded into such tiny
dots that they would actually fit inside a Monopoly
long as they were at it, the clever workmen at
Waddington's also managed to add:
a playing token, containing a small
a two-part metal file that could easily
be screwed together;
3. useful amounts of genuine high-denomination German,
Italian and French currency, hidden within the piles of
British and American air crews were advised, before
taking off on their first mission, how to identify a
'rigged' Monopoly set -- by means of a tiny red dot, one
cleverly rigged to look like an ordinary printing
glitch, located in the corner of the Free Parking
the estimated 35,000 Allied POWs who successfully
escaped, an estimated one-third were aided in their
flight by the rigged Monopoly sets. Everyone who did
so was sworn to secrecy indefinitely, since the British
Government might want to use this highly successful ruse
in still another, future war.
story wasn't declassified until 2007, when the
surviving craftsmen from Waddington's, as well as the
firm itself, were finally honored in a public ceremony.
always nice when you can play that 'Get Out of Jail
To:- Trevor Luttrell
I captured this from a wall on a
recent visit to Canberra and the War Memorial. I have
never particularly liked Bean especially regarding his
machinations, with Murdoch, against Monash. But these
words go a long way towards redress. You are almost
certainly aware of them but they were very new to me,
and had great impact when first I read them. They need
quoting to all those cynical ideologues now gearing up,
with intent, on attacking the men of the First World War
as part of their academic or journalistic occupations,
as this century’s anniversaries roll on. I suppose
however such people would be immune to the power of
From:- Rob Cumming
Subject:- Re Attending BTR
I will be attending the BTR function on Tuesday,
This is also the opportunity for me to put in
writing my idea for a 40 year reunion for those
of us who joined QUR in 1975.
I had originally thought of
joining in with something like the BTR function
but, given the change to format to a Tuesday
night, that probably won’t suit those travelling
from out of town.
Perhaps the best idea is for
a Sat night of a training weekend. During the
day, subject to the ability to observe training,
I thought there might be a tour of the St Lucia
depot and perhaps at Enoggera to observe
training coupled with a brief etc with dinner at
a restaurant nearby (say St Lucia Golf Club).
Alternatively, using one of the messes may be an
That is the general concept.
I probably need to get a list of enlistees in
that year. I remember a few names etc, but not
all. Some of the training staff may be around
too. Peter Rule and Dickie Palk were the two
recruit training PL COMD. Regrettably, I know a
few people are no longer with us.
I will chat to you and any
others who are there on BTR night to gauge
interest levels and likely levels of support.
From:- Chris Goodhew
Subject:- The Standfast Club
“At the conclusion
of the final parade I was pleased to host the family
of LTCOL Harry Standfast for the re-naming of the
OCDT Mess to the ‘Harry Standfast Club’. This
name with it’s historical significance to the
Regiment was passed to the OCDT mess on the closing
of the Soldiers Club. The re-naming ceremony
featured moving speeches, the un-veiling of a new
sign over the entrance and the hanging of a portrait
of LTCOL Standfast over the bar.”
What do you think of the dedication
of the “Harry Standfast Club” as the officer cadet’s
mess? One would have thought that the club was long
dedicated. There is no mention of the fact that is
was named the “Standfast Club” for near 30 years.
The more cynical among us may conclude that the
stain of association with a former OR’s Mess is to
be avoided in some quarters. This notwithstanding
that for many years the officer candidates were for
the most part corporals messing in the Standfast
Was there ever an RO series canning
the Standfast Club name, rededicating the shed as
the Soldier’s Club name, closing the Soldier’s Club,
and dedicating the OCDT Mess name?
I’m not against change per se;
however, one should shine the brightest of lights
into the dark corners where history is rewritten.
Registered Patent & Trade Marks Attorney
Goodhew IP Services
Subject:- Re February Newsletter
again with great pleasure I read the Newsletter. I
congratulate you on your efforts and dedication to the
task. Please continue!
It is so
good to see the achievements of our up and coming
members and as well to read the reminiscences of
colleagues with whom I served. Perhaps there is still an
active Reserve, something which the country cannot do
without. Remember, Australia's only Field Marshall was a
Reserve Officer and had the ED!
I am glad
to hear of the appointment of Mick Fairweather as
Colonel Commandant. I have worked with him in the past
and would like to pass on my congratulations.
Now I have
been retired from the Military for nearly two years
after over 47 years continuous service, I have little
contact with many former comrades, and one soon realizes
that after you leave, you are soon forgotten, a
fact which saddens me. My main Military connections now
are as Chair of the Military Section of the Royal
Australasian College of Surgeons and I am still the
International Representative on the Board of the Society
of Military Orthopedic Surgeons (USA).
given up operating practice in Orthopaedic surgery, I
spend most of my time now assessing Veteran's
disabilities and as such do meet with some with whom I
have served, both in Australia and overseas including
recently Lesley Pyecroft, one of the first female
enlistees in QUR who subsequently served for many years
in the Army as a nursing officer. These
encounters sometimes do make me run late for the next
patient which is really nothing new, though mostly
I do hope
to be at the function on the 18th March, though I will
be intrastate during the day, thus probably a little
late depending on the air traffic control at Brisbane
amused by the list of Rules you published. One I use a
lot is O'Toole's law. It is "That Murphy was an
Sharwood OAM RFD
(Retired) RAAMC (QUR 1965 - for ever)
Subject:- Re Electromagnetic Rail
Navy is planning sea trials for a weapon that can fire
projectiles at seven times the speed of sound using
Naval Research Rear Admiral Matthew Klunder told a
roundtable group recently, the futuristic
electromagnetic railgun had already undergone extensive
testing on land and would be mounted on the USNS
Millinocket, a high-speed vessel, for sea trials
beginning in 2016.
reality and it's not science fiction. It's actually
real. You can look at it. It's firing," Rear Admiral
use electromagnetic energy known as the Lorenz Force to
launch a projectile between two conductive rails.
high-power electric pulse generates a magnetic field to
fire the projectile with very little recoil, officials
Admiral Klunder planned to discuss progress on the
system with military and industry leaders at a major
maritime event, the Sea-Air-Space Exposition, near
help us in air defence, it will help us in cruise
missile defence, it will help us in ballistic missile
defence," he said.
also talking about a gun that's going to shoot a
projectile that's about one one-hundredth of the cost of
an existing missile system today."
railgun can fire a low-cost, 10-kilogram projectile at
8,575 kilometres per hour.
research chief said that cost differential - $25,000 for
a railgun projectile, versus $500,000 to $1.5 million
for a missile - will make potential enemies think twice
about the economic viability of engaging US forces.
will give our adversaries a huge moment of pause to go,
'do I even want to go engage a naval ship?'" Read
Admiral Klunder told reporters.
could throw anything at us, frankly, and the fact that
we now can shoot a number of these rounds at a very
affordable cost, it's my opinion that they don't win."
officials have voiced concerns that tight defence
budgets could cause the Pentagon to lose its
technological edge over China, Russia and other rivals,
who have been developing anti-ship ballistic missile
systems and integrated air defences capable of
challenging US air and naval dominance.
like the electromagnetic railgun could help US forces
retain their edge and give them an asymmetric advantage
over rivals, making it too expensive to use missiles to
attack US warships because of the cheap way to defeat
Navy has funded two single-shot railgun prototypes, one
by privately held General Atomics and the other by BAE
Admiral Klunder said he had selected BAE for the second
phase of the project, which will look at developing a
system capable of firing multiple shots in succession.
talking about a projectile that we're going to send well
over 100 miles (160 km), we're talking about a
projectile that can go over Mach 7 (8,575 kph), we're
talking about a projectile that can go well into the
atmosphere," Rear Admiral Klunder said.
carry dozens of missiles, but they could be loaded with
hundreds of railgun projectiles, he said.
magazine never runs out, you just keep shooting, and
that's compelling," Rear Admiral Klunder said.
sea trials will be conducted aboard the joint forces
high-speed cargo ship because it has the space to carry
the system on its deck and in its cargo bay.
said they would begin looking at integrating the system
into warships after 2018.
Subject:- Re February Newsletter
Out of interest, one of the “quite
interesting” bits, relating to the “Boeing 797”, is
Like a lot of these things, they gain
traction by either appealing to a sense of “American
exceptionalism” or preying on fears of foreign technical
or capacity encroachment on American pre-eminence,
especially in defence matters.
Registered Patent & Trade Marks Attorney
Health is merely the slowest possible rate
at which one can die.
I used to eat a lot of natural foods until I learned
that most people die of natural causes.
Gardening Rule: When weeding, the best way to make sure
you are removing a weed and not a valuable plant is to
pull on it. If it comes out of the ground easily, it is
a valuable plant.
The easiest way to find something lost around the house
is to buy a replacement.
Never take life seriously. Nobody gets out alive anyway.
There are two kinds of pedestrians: the quick and the
Life is sexually transmitted.
The only difference between a rut and a grave is the
Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in
hospitals dying of nothing.
Have you noticed since everyone has a phone
days no one talks about seeing UFOs like they used to.
Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again.
All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays
no attention to criticism.
In the 60's, people took acid to make the world weird.
Now the world is weird and people take Prozac to make it
How is it one careless match can start a bush fire, but
it takes a whole box to start a campfire?
Why is there a light
in the fridge and not in the freezer?
If quizzes are quizzical, what are tests?
Do illiterate people get the full effect of Alphabet
Did you ever notice that when you blow in a dog's face,
he gets mad at you, but when you take him on a car ride,
he sticks his head out the window?
Why doesn't glue stick to the inside of the bottle?
Hello Peter, and Happy New Year!
In a recent issue, Phil Bushell-Guthrie
outlined his service, and he made mention of his
deafness arising from use of the SLR.
This remark is of more than passing
interest to me as I suffered from the same syndrome,
but in those distant years, I did not think much
about the relationship to the SLR and the later
deafness that arose possibly being directly related
to exposure to the “new weapon of the day”, the SLR
, until I saw Phil’s remarks. I thought then I may
not be alone in this. We never wore ear plugs in
those days of course. I recall its first
manifestation was one morning after a range practice
introducing the SLR to the troops when we were in
Camp at Wacol and I remarked to my room mate – I
think it was Tasky when we were both Sergeant Majors
– that I had “water in my ear that was annoying me”.
Sadly I did not go to the RAP of course, and
eventually it subsided and I thought no more of it.
I too had my army career reduced as I
was attached to CSTU in Sydney doing my Captain’s
exams ( I had been transferred in my employment)
when it was confirmed independently for the
requisite medical that I was going deaf, so it was
“Com Zone only” from there on – that was then end of
Maybe there are others elsewhere who
are in the same boat?
I have not got Phil’s address, so I
wonder if you could pass this on to him, in its
entirety to give him the picture, and maybe he can
contact me direct
THANK GOD THE MILITARY CAN STILL MAINTAIN THEIR
SENSE OF HUMOUR
Re Talk by Chief of Navy
My apologies for both these functions.
All going well, I will be flying with a friend from
Brisbane to Perth in his FIB (Flying inflatable boat),
starting around the 8-10th March. The whole
trip is likely to take a few weeks as the FIB is slow
and very weather sensitive; can only fly safely in very
calm conditions, so we may be holed up somewhere across
the Nullabour for a few days.
Thanks for the invite.
Subject:- The Military System
taken from the 49th Battalion
The article was submitted by Ted
Weeks, ex CO of the 42nd Battalion
and a former member of QUR.
THE MILITARY SYSTEM
A friend once told me he didn’t
understand the military system.
Dumb civilian, I said to myself, but
openly I said, “The system is really quite simple.”
You see, all people in the Army are
soldiers, all privates are soldiers, but not all
soldiers are privates. Some are officers who are
commissioned, but some are officers who are not
commissioned. Obviously if every private was called
private it would be confusing, so some privates are
called things like trooper, driver, gunner,
crafts-men, sapper or signaller.
Not all of the drivers actually drive
because some of them cook, but we don’t call them
cooks, for that matter, not all drivers are called
drivers – some of them are privates or gunners.
Gunners as I’m sure you know are the blokes that
fire guns, unless of course they are drivers or
signallers in which case we call them gunners rather
than drivers or signallers just to make it clearer.
All gunners belong to the artillery,
except that in the infantry we have gunners who are
called privates because they fire a different sort
of gun, for the same reason we call our drivers and
signallers private as well. A Lance Corporal is
called Corporal, unless he is a Lance Bombardier
then we call him Bombardier to distinguish him from
a full Bombardier, who is just like a Corporal.
All other ranks are called by their
rank for the sake of simplicity except that Staff
Sergeants are called Staff, but they are not on the
staff, some Warrant Officers, who are not officers,
are called Sergeant Major although they are not
Sergeants or Majors. Some Warrant Officers are
called Mister which is the same thing that we call
some officers but they are not Warrant Officers.
A Lieutenant is also called Mister
because they are subalterns, but we always write
their rank as Lieutenant or Second Lieutenant, and
second comes before first. When we talk about groups
of soldiers there obviously has to be clear
distinction. We call them Officers and Soldiers
although we know that officers are soldiers too,
sometimes we talk about officers and other ranks
which is the same as calling them soldiers. I guess
it is easiest when we talk about rank and file which
is all the troops on parade except the officers and
some of the NCOs - - and a few of the privates – and
the term is used whether everyone is on parade or
A large unit is called a battalion,
unless it is a regiment but sometimes a regiment is
much bigger than a battalion and then it has nothing
to do with the other sort of regiment. Sub units are
called companies unless they are squadrons or troops
or batteries for that matter. That is not radio
batteries and don’t confuse this type of troop with
the type who are soldiers but not officers.
Mostly the Army is divided into Corps
as well as units, not the sort of Corps which is a
couple of divisions but the sort which tells you
straight away what trade each man performs, whether
he is a tradesmen or not. The Infantry Corps has all
the infantrymen for example and the Artillery Corps
has all the gunners. Both these Corps also have
signallers and drivers except those who are in the
Signals or Transport Corps. In fact the Signals
Corps is not a service at all because it is an Arm.
Arms do all the fighting, although Signals don’t
have to fight too much, rather like the Engineers
who are also an Arm but they don’t fight too much
“So you see, it’s really quite
straightforward really” .
With such a simple explanation, my
friend walked away looking none the wiser.
Civies, you just can’t follow them!
Ted Weeks is the bloke in the hat,
clasping his hands. The photo was taken at the
ANZAC Day march in Emerald this year.
Subject:- FB-1B Belly Landing.....
Landing on runway 31 at
Diego Garcia, skidding 7,500 feet down the runway.
The aircraft and crew were landing at the end of an
11 hour ferry mission that started at Andersen AFB ,
During the landing, the
B-1B caught fire and emergency crews extinguished
The four-person aircrew
escaped from the plane through the overhead escape
The aircraft was finally
removed from the runway 4 days later.
The Air Force
Accident Investigation concluded the pilots forgot
to lower the landing gear.
The USAF estimated the damage to the B-1B at
$7.9 million, and the damage to the runway at
$14,025. RBRM and those old SEABEES made one tough
runway, that's for sure!
For those of you who've never seen a $285,000,000.00
bomber on the deck, here she is:
FUNCTIONS - 2014
Back to the Regiment Tuesday
18 March 2014 - QUR hosted Function (Walcott St Depot)
25 April 2013 - 0615Hrs s
- BBQ breakfast at QUR)
Ranks Function Saturday 3 May 2014
Gallipoli Barracks )
Friday 12 September 2014 - ( 1900Hrs for 1930Hrs)
Officers/SNCO Regimental Dinner Saturday 11
October 2014 (Unit and QURA members only)
Thursday 11 December 2014 -
1730Hrs (Normanby Hotel)
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