Dan Oakes; 16/2/10
The second-in-command of Australia’s armed forces has admitted that the army has an alcohol problem and demanded that officers tackle a culture of heavy drinking. Lieutenant-General Ken Gillespie said in an email to commanders that he was tired of hearing about soldiers killing and injuring themselves and others through drunken behaviour, according to the army’s internal newspaper. ”To be quite frank, I am sick of seeing the near-daily reports which tell me of officers and soldiers killed, injured or arrested for behaviour that could have been avoided,” he wrote. ”I am saddened when I realise the impact these avoidable incidents have on the members, their families, their units and the army.