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Reforming Defence

SIR: As a junior officer reading John Donovan’s article on “Reforming Defence” (April 2008), I am not surprised that the proportion of officers in the ADF has risen from well under 20 per cent to nearer 25 per cent. In many places it seems that every second person has a commission. It is not a simple case of too many chiefs without enough Indians, but it is hard to get around the mathematics of the situation, in that each officer has less man-hours available for tasking. Each junior officer, that is—at the policymaking level the relevant minions are staff officers,…

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