Australian soldiers have been reportedly caught out posting offensive sexual memes onto social media.
The brazen postings could be seen as an act of direct defiance against the internal push by Defence seniors to remove the misogynistic image associated with the armed forces News Corp reports.
The Army is reportedly said to now be ‘looking into’ the postings after media outlets drew their attention to the inappropriate online content.
The graphic content was posted to social media by various personnel reportedly at Brisbane’s Enoggera Barracks and exposed a litany of offensive images and comments according to online reports.
Some of the posts contain graphic sexual references however others also contain racist undertones and date back as far as 2013.
“I go to the gym a lot, it makes getting girls a lot easier. The last one I raped didn’t stand a chance,” states one meme.
The offensive meme was posted earlier in the year by a Brisbane based soldier and shows a bodybuilder in the image.
In another disturbing post a self-confessed “racist” calls another user a “smelly filthy packie c***”, telling them “why don’t you f*** off back to your country on the door you came floating on”.
“Where individuals are identified as current serving members, they may be subject to administrative or disciplinary action under the Defence Force Discipline Act,” a Defence spokesman told News Corp in response.
In yet another offensive post a soldier, wearing his uniform in his profile picture, posted a meme in 2013 with an image of Home & Away’s Alf Stewart saying, “It’s called Australia Day. I will rape the f*** out of u if u call it anything else.”
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In another inflammatory post a uniformed soldier has shared an image of himself with is feet up saying he gets paid to do nothing all day.
While yet another disturbing meme posted by a soldier showed images of Bill Cosby holding a Quaalude bottle and lobbing a pill into a cocktail drink.
“Army does not condone offensive or inappropriate behaviour and such conduct does not represent the ethos of the majority of Army’s members,” a Defence spokesman told News Corp.
“All members are aware of their obligations and the expected standards of behaviour. All members are required to adhere to the Army’s values of courage, initiative, respect and teamwork.
“The overwhelming majority of members are proud of their service to our nation and their role in our Army.”
The strict social media policy of the Australian Defence Force outlines that personnel should consider carefully if they should identify themselves as a Defence member.
However Defence does not believe that troops should be banned from revealing they are soldiers.
“Social media is a mechanism through which Army members can remain connected to family, friends and their communities,” the spokesman said.
“This is particularly important for those, who through the course of their duties, may be required to live and work away from their home location or place of origin.
“All members of the Army receive mandatory annual training on the appropriate use of social media.”
Following a series of scandals of a sexual nature then Chief of Army Lieutenant General David Morrison was forced to take a stand against the “boys club” culture within the organisation.
He famously made a video ordering his troops to accept women as equals or “get out”.
Newsbreak - July 17