The move is reportedly an effort to encourage students to use more inclusive language.
“Out bush the Army has always been gender neutral.”
“While the present situation is much better for LGBTI service members, many of those who were discharged or otherwise experienced hardship under the earlier policies against LGBT service are still suffering”
“As was explained to the journalist prior to publishing, the Department has not, and is not intending, to issue a directive on the use of gender-neutral language.”
“There was social isolation and discrimination, particularly medically. All expenses paid—not at all”
“The police would follow people they suspected were gay in Australia’s defence force – they would go undercover at gay nightclubs and stake out a person’s bedroom from their garden outside”
“These are people who are wearing the uniform of this country and serving this country – they deserve to be treated with [the] respect any other member of the ADF is treated with”
Living Positive Victoria CEO Brent Allan was pleased with ADF’s swift response.