To encourage women to join up, Defence cut the minimum four-year period of service that applies to men to just two years for females. The gap year program also targets women.
The Australian Defence Medal is given to members of the military after four years, or at the completion of their enlistment period — meaning female recruits get the medal in half the time of males.
Those who spend a gap year experiencing “what a career in the navy, army or air force could be like” have that 12 months included in their service time if they then enlist full-time.
Ex-soldier and military commentator Bernard Gaynor said he had been contacted by defence personnel who said morale was suffering over this latest example of political correctness. “The defence force’s discrimination against men has become farcical,” Mr Gaynor said.
“Males who sign up for frontline combat roles now need to serve double the time as females to get the same medal. This is blatant discrimination and it is having a serious impact on morale.
“If females want to serve alongside the men, they should do so with exactly the same entitlements and requirements. Anything else is just politically correct social engineering.”
Diversity has become just another name for discrimination against whites, especially males. Shame the government is so into this discrimination.