Australian Defense Ministry Looking at Greek Soldiers to Staff its Army

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In an attempt to shield its national defense, the Australian government is seeking qualified soldiers from abroad, while the recruitment campaign is also addressing Greek and Greek-Australian citizens.

Among other specialties, the Australian Department of Defense is seeking shooters, counter intelligence agents and qualified fighter jet pilots, while the government has already issued a visa for 135 people who will work for the country’s elite units. The military recruitment from abroad has increased since 2012, while the appointment of some 36 foreign employees on the defense sector is currently pending.

The Australian Defense Ministry has already given funds to attract the elite military personnel. “In fact, this is not a waste of time, on the opposite, we save money as we do not spend time for staff training. There are not many good shooters in the world and it takes some 15 years of training for one to gain enough experience. It is impossible to hire someone from the streets,” the Ministry’s Executive Director, Neil James, said. “We do not have the means, so it is in our advance to look abroad. There is a clear preference to search for employees in the countries of the British Commonwealth since our tactics have more similarities,” he concluded. So far, the majority of hired soldiers originate from Britain, Germany, Canada, Poland, USA and New Zealand, while the interest has spread to Greece.


6 COMMENTS

  1. As someone who served in the Royal Australian navy AND who sought to return back in my forties, only to be told by certain persons on the Board of Selection that they personally thought me too old, I must admit that I am disgusted with this policy. There are so many here who wish to serve but the politics and the ADF bureaucracy get in the way. IF Australia needs more ADF personnel, start with the Hellenic Australian community, the Italian Australian community, the Maltese Australian community…

  2. What’s stopping Italian-Australians, Greek-Australians or Maltese-Australians from joining the ADF? No one’s telling them they can’t.

  3. There is no direct recruitment of ethnic Australians whereas there are ads overseas. And then there is the racism which I and others have experienced. Just look at how few ethnic Aussies are in the Navy or how few are of Flag Rank in any of the three services.

  4. Racism? Just what race are you? Because “Greek” isn’t a race. You might also consider the fact that you wouldn’t be able to identify “ethnic Aussies” by looking at names. For example, Phillip Hughes, the cricketer who tragically died in an on-field accident last year, had an Italian mother.

  5. Racism? Just what race are you? Because “Greek” isn’t a race. You might
    also consider the fact that you wouldn’t be able to identify “ethnic
    Aussies” by looking at names. For example, Phillip Hughes, the
    cricketer who tragically died in an on-field accident last year, had an
    Italian mother. Some of us don’t marry strictly within our own ethnic communities, Ange.

    Also, perhaps you should look within your own community for blame-parents who fail to instill a sense of Australian identity in their children and place greater emphasis on identifying with their former homelands.

    I well remember being jostled on the tram a few years ago by arrogant pushy young Greek-Australian guys holding big Greek flags on their way to the Greek Independence Day parade. I doubt those kids ever had dreams of serving in the Australian military. I think jingoism from patriotic flag-waving Australians is obnoxious. But jingoism from Greek flag-waving patriotic Greeks who were born and live in Australia is downright ridiculous.