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Australian Army
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Active Duty Troops : 25,600

Reserve Troops: 15,500

Australian Army, Royal Australian Navy, Royal Australian Air Force, new Special Operations Command (announced in December 2002)

Military Budget: $14,120.1 million (2003)

Click here to visit the official site of the Australian Army

Australia's defense system dates from the integration of the separate colonial forces following the country’s federation in 1901. Australia's Defense Force consist of the Australian Army, Royal Australian Navy, Royal Australian Air Force, and, the Special Operations Command. The mission of the Australian Defense Force is to defend Australia and its national interests. In fulfilling this mission, the ADF: serves all Australians, and is accountable to the Commonwealth Parliament, on behalf of the Australian people, for the efficiency and effectiveness with which they carry out the Government's defense policy. Although relatively small, the Australian armed forces possess some of the most modern weaponry in the world. Official Australian Army Web Site

The Australian Army's Mission is:  

  • To win the land battle through courage, initiative, and teamwork.

  • To provide protection for the Australia by securing its airspace, land, and sea interest and jurisdictions.

  • To act as an international peacekeeper.

  • To provide humanitarian aid to governments and people in need.

  • To provide support to civil authorities in order to provide the protection and support needed to sustain Australia's national interest and stability.

  • Provide support during national emergencies by assisting civil authorities in maintaining emergency preparedness.

The requirements to enlist in the Australian Army are:  
  • Be an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident.

  • Have a current Australian address.

  • Be 17 years of age.

  • Be healthy and in good physical condition.

  • To work through the Assessment process.

  • Be able to get a police clearance.

The CF supports International security by :  
  • The Australian Defense Force has approximately 2000 personnel deployed on more than 10 operations that include border protection, United Nations operations, coalition operations and third country deployments.

  • The Australian Army has a proud record of service in Peacekeeping Operations since 1945. Members of the Australian Army are currently serving in peace keeping missions in the Balkans, the Middle East, Africa and South America. Closer to home they are serving in East Timor, Bougainville and the Solomon Islands.

  • Australian forces have taken part with distinction in the Crimean War (1853-1856), the Sudan Campaign (1897-1899), the Boer War (1899-1902), World War I (1914-1918) and World War II (1939-1945), the Korean War (1950-1953), the Malayan Emergency (1948-1960), the Vietnam War (1959-1975), the Persian Gulf War (1991), the UN engagement in East Timor (1999-2002), and the U.S.-led war on terrorism in Afghanistan (2001-2002). Conscription was reintroduced for home defense during World War II, then in the postwar years until 1960, and again in 1965 to support the Vietnam effort.





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