MORE FROM GEORGE
There are persistent contradictory rumours that 2 Squadron SASR has been secretly disbanded or will soon be disbanded. Alas, no smoke signals that there has been a change of heart and commonsense has at last prevailed. What is known is that when seeking scapegoats there should always be a good smoke screen to mask incompetence at the high levels of military and political arenas.
Confusion, public anger and disbelief are very much part of the sad scenes being played in Canberra. If only there had been cool heads and clear objectivity when the alarm bells rang?
Can we have some positive statement of intent? To help ease the troubled minds of old veterans of the squadron who served with honour; not forgetting Next of Kin who grieve for loved ones who once with immense pride, served in Two Squadron SASR
One point is very clear, when it comes to soldiering, honour, love of Regiment, a fair go and due recognition, no one, but no one, will steal such values from those who earnt them.
Over reaction is toxic for any leader
Loyalty both ways was once the military cry
Faith, trust, duty and follow the leader, be it to live or die
From ANZAC to the Space Age, it has been the military bible
If ignored and found guilty, offenders, not units, are very liable
Such values cement the strongest of bonds in peace and war
They never bend or crack, even in danger where odds of survival are poor
From swearing the sacred oath to the last day of soldiering, alive or dead
Warriors live by both a creed and example of revered ghosts who once led
That is the way it must be if our military is to win
The task is made harder, when some in safe places consider killing enemy a sin
So sad an SASR squadron which for decades has bravely confronted enemy dens
Is now found guilty before trial, and cast to the wind with a flick of a General’s pen
So convenient to ignore our Armed Forces creed and justice as it should be
It insults both living and ghosts who once served; a delight for any foe to see
It dampens fighting spirit and breeds confusion to what is right or wrong
Erodes faith, trust, duty and loyalty so vital for a proven powerful battle song
Wake up OZ; it’s time to rid our troops of heavy cumbersome haversacks of PC
For Canberra suits to stand tall for the creed as it was, and should always be
Otherwise, replace our military with a super- size pen wielding Diplomatic Corp
And gamble that there will never ever be the need to prepare for war.
George Mansford December 2020