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Tuesday, 16 August 2011
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Army Cadet Ceremonial Uniforms

(Question No. 404)

Mr Christensen asked the Minister for Defence Materiel, in writing, on 31 May 2011:

(1) Is it a fact that restrictions have been imposed on Australian Army Cadets concerning the use of polyester style ceremonial uniforms.

(2) If so, what will happen to the existing stock of such uniforms.

Mr Clare: The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) The removal of the polyester uniforms from the cadet block scale was identified as a part of the rationalisation of garrison uniforms which has been undertaken by the Army. The decision was made to remove this uniform due to its infrequent use by Cadets and to reflect the reduction in the overall issue within Army. Cadets are still able to perform ceremonial activities in the standard Disruptive Patterned Camouflaged Uniform (DPCU). Cadets will continue to maintain access to polyester uniforms if requested for specific activities such as representational duties. Each request will be assessed by Army Headquarters on a case by case basis.

(2) All existing, unused stock will be returned to the supply chain for use by Army.