Looking Forward, Looking Back - Customs and Traditions of the Australian Army explores the Australian Army's rich and proud history. Our Army's customs and traditions are far from static; they are dynamic as they evolve and adapt just like the Army itself. More than anything, they instil a strong sense of belonging in our Diggers. The teamwork, pride, discipline and respect of the past continue to inspire our present modern day Army.
The Australian Army boasts a broad variety of traditions, some of which belong to the Service as a whole, others to a particular corps, regiment or rank. These customs and traditions vary: some are solemn, others are humorous and still others incorporate the rules of social etiquette, manners and style. Many of the Australian Army's customs and traditions are derived from the battle tactics and fighting attire of old. Some of the drill movements seen on today's parade ground were originally practiced by soldiers in battle. Various elements of the Aussie soldier's uniform had practical uses in combat and some customs retain their original use as they did hundreds of years ago. While the ever-changing modern military environment means that soldiers continue to look forward, looking back to the Australian Army's customs and traditions serves as a constant and reassuring reminder of past victories and how far we have travelled.
- Publication Date:
- 03 / 08 / 2009
- 110 x 178mm