‘Violation and betrayal’: Low pay offer hurt ADF’s fighting edge, say ADFA academics

27 Mar 2015

The Abbott Government’s low-ball military pay offer last year might ultimately cost the nation success on the battlefield, according to academics at the Australian Defence Force Academy.

A new scholarly article says the “sense of violation and betrayal” felt in the military may have hurt the Australian Defence Force’s morale, loyalty to its uniform and even its fighting edge.

Three ADFA instructors said there is evidence the pay offer, branded a “joke” and a “disgrace” by serving ADF members damaged the “psychological contract” between 57,000 our men and women in uniform and the force they serve.

READ MORE of Noel Towel’s article in the Canberra Times