The Culture That Exists in the Australian Defence Force and the Contemporary Australian Society
Many types of groups have emerged throughout history, some of them call their groups a nation, some a country, an ethnicity, a color, a race, a gang, a society, an institution, an organization, a certain profession, and many others. One, two, or more characteristics differentiate one group from the others. Other groups want to be as distinct as possible taking extreme behaviors and actions to attain such identity.This paper will try to describe the culture that exists in the Australian Defence Force (ADF) as described by Dr. Ben Wadham in the article The dark side of mateship in Australian military ranks and how it reflects contemporary Australian society.Gender or sexuality is one characteristic that is inherent among individuals. It is considered as one of the major distinctive identification of an individual present in all societies and groups (Abrams et al, 2003, 114). Equality of gender is a major contention in Wadham’s article and the focus of this paper where contemporary Australian society’s culture shall be measured.Wadham described the several incidents that rocked the ADF on its bid to implement equality and non-discriminatory acts within its premises, personnel, training, hierarchy, and culture. Amongst the perverse actions that were not civilly acceptable perpetrated in the group include the event aboard the HMAS Swan about “man’s culture of sexually predatory behavior, habitual binge drinking and bullying and intimidation of female personnel,” about a cadet from the Australian Defence Force Academy who apparently broadcasted his sexual act with a female cadet to a group of other cadets in a nearby room, “gang rape, or the cases of women officers such as Robyn Fahey or Kelly Wiggins, tell of persistent practices of sexual depravity,” amongst others. These despite efforts to increase women among the military ranks, zero-tolerance policy, establishment of the Defence Equity Organisation in 1997.