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Formation of Army Aviation Corps



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FORMATION OF ARMY AVIATION CORPS I4•y. G P

Statement b y the Acting Minister for the Army . n.Eeffon. A0J rbej a .'4

An Army Aviation Corps will be formed from serving Army pilots from

July 1 this year,

Announcing this today, the Acting Minister for the Army, Dr, A,J 0 Forbes, said there was no change anticipated in the duties carried out by these pilots, but the

formation of the Aviation Corps would enable interested officers to make a career

of Army flying.

In the past Army pilots had been drawn from other corps for specific tours of duty.

Following the practice of other corps, members of the Aviation Corps would be

considered for Staff College and would be posted to no.-corps appointments to

broaden their military expexienceo

This would give them the opportunity to fill higher command and staff

appointments,

The creation of the new corps recognised the significant place of the role of

light aircraft in Australia's modern Army,

The Corps would be one of the Fighting Arms with seniority on the Corps

List next after Infantry.

About 120 serving pilots would be eligible to be transferred on the

formation of the Corps which would have about 80 aircraft by the end of the years

The Corps already had its own distinctive Corps badges,

Army pilots had been flying Army aircraft in Australia and on operational

duties overseas,,,in Korea, Borneo and South Vietnam.

At present 11 Army pilots were operating on flying duties in South Vietnam,

where a total of more than 20,000 operational hours had been flown.

Army pilots had established an outstanding reputation for skill and

reliability and had earned awards for courage and gallantry on operations in the

role of light aircraft pilots,,

The first Director of the Army Aviation Corps would be Colonel M,B0 Simkin,

a qualified pilot.

Lists: A and B

Further information:

CANBERRA: Lieutenant-Colonel Lo Logan (65-4061) (86-1895)

OTHER STA S: ADPR AT COMMAND HEADQUARTERS

16 April, 1968,