With Anzac Day less than 24 hours away, political correctness is creeping through the upper ranks of the Australian Defence Force as the incoming Chief of Defence, Lieutenant General Angus Campbell, bans members of the Australian Army, Navy and Air Force from wearing any “death iconography glorifying war or symbols of death”.
Australian Conservatives’ Victorian Director and former SAS soldier Kevin Bailey says this kind of virtue signalling is insidious and will ultimately adversely affect Defence Force morale.
This month, Lieutenant General Campbell, wrote a two page directive saying that, “Such symbols, emblems and iconography are at odds with Army’s values and the ethical force we seek to build and sustain”.
He cited examples of the pirate skull and crossbones, the Phantom or Punisher symbols, Spartans and the Grim Reaper saying that symbology is inappropriate.
“Glorifying death does not honour our veterans, past and present, who often suffer from the deeds we require of them in war," he continued.
Campbell’s direction has been heavily criticised by many serving defence force members and Australian veterans, including Kevin Bailey who has told Melbourne radio station 3AW the emblem of his former SAS regiment, the winged dagger (pictured) is not under threat at the moment but that might not always be the case.
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