Recycling an old concept comes with its challenges.

ANDREW Hastie’s suggestion to enlist Pacific Islanders and assorted “foreigners” to help alleviate “significant ADF workforce challenges” is nothing new.

Australia’s first effective standing army was raised post World War II with three regular infantry battalions and a battalion recruited from “locally enlisted personnel” (LEP) in the Territories of Papua and New Guinea.

For command and administrative purposes, ADF elements in TP&NG were considered part of Northern Command, based on Queensland and including Townsville.


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