Issue 1
March 2004

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CONTACT Air Land & Sea

4RAR(Cdo) will benefit most from the ADF's new Special Forces Direct Recruiting Scheme. CONTACT takes a look inside the unit and the innovative scheme.
4RAR (Cdo) had a name change, in June 2009, to 2 Commando Regiment. Also, special-forces direct entry no longer happens.

Words CONTACT in association with SOCOMD
Pics Pte Ben Peardon, Cpl Sean Burton and SOCOMD

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CONTACT Air Land & Sea

An unknown number of Australians have served and continue to serve in the world's most notorious military unit - the French Foreign Legion. This is just one Australian's story - Shane's story.

Words Sean Burton
Pics Military Picture Library and Shane V

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CONTACT Air Land & Sea

Army Sergeant Troy Rodgers tries to explain to CONTACT what the hell he was doing chasing clouds with the RAAF's top fliers - the Roulettes.

Words Sgt Troy Rodgers
Pics Sgt Troy Rodgers

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CONTACT Air Land & Sea

Reporting on Australia's involvement in Somalia in the early '90s was far less comprehensive than subsequent deployments, much to the chagrin of many who were there. In this new series, we get a first-hand account of what it was like, through the eyes of an Aussie who was there.

Words Wayne Cooper
Pics Wayne Cooper, Pete Reeves and ADF

CONTACT Air Land & Sea

With the Army's entry to the world of attack reconnaissance helicopters less than two years away, soldiers across the country can soon expect to see a Tiger prowling among the weeds.

Words Brian Hartigan
Pics Fullframe Photographics and Design & Australian Aerospace

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  • Rainbow warriors - why so much colour on American aircraft carriers?
  • Encamped with Burma's Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA)
  • Which tank should Australia buy to replace Leopard?
  • Australian trooper battle-tests Javeline in Iraq
  • On patrol in the Gulf with HMAS Melbourne
  • The charge of the Light Brigade
  • 3RAR drop on Shoalwater Bay
  • Seaking in the Solomons

As well as our regular columns;

    • Just Soldiers by WO1 Darryl Kelly
    • Games reviews by Sapper Gameboy
    • Recruit Nobber by Jonathan Garland