1ST AUSTRALIAN TASK FORCE (1 ATF)
MORALE AND DISCIPLINE STUDY

Hi, I知 Bob Hall (with 8RAR in Vietnam). Together with my colleagues Andrew Ross (former DSTO analyst) and Derrill De Heer (with 8RAR, Psyops and 4RAR in Vietnam), I知 writing a book about discipline and morale in 1ATF, particularly in infantry, SAS, armour, artillery and signals units. All three of us now work at UNSW@ADFA.

Discipline and morale seem to be particularly important in counterinsurgency operations, such as those carried out by 1ATF in Vietnam, because units are often operating in widely dispersed sub-units for lengthy periods. Furthermore, in Vietnam, combat could be very intense, but it could also be very infrequent. Junior commanders and soldiers were required to maintain high levels of combat readiness despite sometimes long and tedious, yet demanding operations. Maintaining high morale and discipline in these conditions could be difficult.

I知 interested in how discipline and morale affected combat performance, but I知 also interested in whether the patterns of offences were different between infantry battalions and units of other Corps. For example, were armoured units more likely to have soldiers committing particular types of offences than infantry battalions, and if so, why.

I知 now inviting you to participate in the project. But please note participation is entirely voluntary.

I壇 be very grateful if you could help me by sending me an email describing your impressions of discipline and morale in your unit in Vietnam. To help with this process I致e prepared this questionnaire (link at bottom of page).

The questionnaire is only a guide. Feel free to ignore any parts of it that you don稚 want to comment on. Also feel free to add information about issues of morale and discipline that aren稚 addressed in the questionnaire.

But before you complete the questionnaire, I知 obliged by the rules of UNSW@ADFA to warn you about the possible risks of completing the questionnaire and to inform you about how you can have your complaints or questions answered. Here they are:

Completing the questionnaire could take some time depending on how much information you want to give me. That痴 a decision that痴 up to you, but I壇 like you to give me as much information as you can.

Completing the questionnaire might bring back some memories you壇 rather forget. If you think this might apply to you, stop here. Don稚 read any further. But if you do read on and find that you become upset, contact the Vietnam Veterans Counselling Service which exists to support veterans dealing with PTSD.

When you池e completing the questionnaire there痴 no need to name other people who may have committed a military offence.

If you have a complaint about the questionnaire you can send your complaint to Dr Stephen Coleman; Convenor, Human Research Ethics Advisory Panel, UNSW@ADFA, CANBERRA 2600 (phone (02) 6268-8812, fax (02) 6268-8899, email to s.coleman@adfa.edu.au. Any complaint you make will be investigated promptly and you will be informed of the outcome.

Any questions about the questionnaire or the research project can be directed to Dr Bob Hall, HASS, UNSW@ADFA, Northcott Drive, Campbell, ACT 2600, or by phone to 02 62688848, or to b.hall@adfa.edu.au

Normally, UNSW@ADFA would require you to sign a consent form before completing the questionnaire. However, since this questionnaire is web based, and purely voluntary, the fact that you fill in the questionnaire and submit it to me will be taken as implying your consent. If you don稚 agree with this, then don稚 go any further.

OK, that痴 the rules done with. Now to the questionnaire itself - or away from it, your choice.