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Youthful focus for rejuvenated RSL
A slide in membership numbers has
been reversed and the RSL is now
experiencing a period of growth and
State President Doug Formby said the
RSL needs to attract younger defence
force members while dealing with an
"We have to demonstrate to the
younger members of the Defence Force
that the RSL is not something that you
join until you are old."
The RSL has conducted focus groups
with younger ADF members to nd out
about their needs and expectations and
how the RSL could better assist them.
"We are setting up points of contact
such as RSL branches near a defence
base where we have a good working
relationship with the men and women
on those bases," Mr Formby said.
"If you are a young serviceman who is
trying to come to terms with spending
a hard six months in Afghanistan or
Iraq, there is no one better to talk to
than a veteran who has been there a."
"Many young veterans have issues
when they return from overseas and we
can steer them in the right direction to
have those issues dealt with."
The RSL is also hoping to extend its
relationship with serving members
by establishing permanent o ces
on major bases. Another challenge
is the modernisation of the RSL's
methodology and leadership structure.
"I'm pleased to say that the majority
of our older members are proud to 'pass
the torch' and let the younger members
take up positions of responsibility," Mr
The RSL has engaged permanent
public relations sta and a corporate
a airs manager.
A growing need for younger volunteer
advocates trained in the areas of
pensions and compensation was
highlighted at the recent RSL Congress.
RSL Queensland facilitates extensive
training programs for its full time
advocates and pension and welfare
o cers annually and senior sta work
closely with sub branch volunteers
and other ex-Service organisations to
ensure currency of information.
Mr Formby, who was recently awarded
an AM for his services to veterans and
their families, was re-elected State
President unopposed for his nal year
at the helm of RSL Queensland.
Above: RSL State President Doug Formby
(centre) with other RSL members .
The RSL will continue to focus on younger membership and leadership to
promote the longevity of the organisation.
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Soldiers from Brisbane's Alpha
Company, 8th/9th Battalion RAR
received the Timor-Leste Solidarity
Medal from the President of East Timor,
Dr. Jose Ramos Horta at the end of a
successful four-month deployment wit
the International Stabilisation Force
(ISF) in East Timor.
About 130 personnel from A Coy
joined the ISF in February to help
maintain stability and provide a
secure environment for the ongoing
development of East Timor.
Commander ISF, Col Simon Stuart said
a highlight for A Coy was the capacity-
building with the East Timorese military
"We held a large number of training
activities covering conventional
war ghting and peacekeeping
operations, live re ranges and eld
ring," COL Stuart said.
"I am very proud of A Coy. They are
a relatively young company and they
have grown both individually and
collectively during this operation."
Members of Brisbane based B Coy, 8/9
RAR have now replaced A Coy in East
Below: Commander of the International
Stabilisation Force, Colonel Simon Stuart
presents Private Biar Chol his Australian Servic
Medal during the medal ceremony at the East
Timor Presidential Palace.
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