The Army's post-Vietnam rehabilitation

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Spanning from the election of Whitlam in 1972 to the defeat of Howard in 2007, the Australian Army was employed on over 150 operations across Australia and overseas. The 'casualty cringe' felt by political leaders as a consequence of the Vietnam War constrained successive governments’ willingness to employ the Army abroad. Gradually, the Army regained government’s confidence through peacekeeping operations in the 1990s, thereafter playing leading roles in East Timor, Bougainville and the Solomon Islands, and contributing to coalition operations further afield. Its rehabilitation involved common individual and collective training and reaffirmation of the Army's regimental and corps identities.

Dr John Blaxland

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