Australia's Chief of Army Lt. Gen. David Morrison has a message to all those serving in the Australian army: "Those who think that it's OK to behave in a way that demeans or exploits their colleagues have no place in this army."
Morrison's videotaped comments were made in response to an ongoing investigation into the production and distribution of "highly inappropriate material demeaning women" in the military.
In the statement shown to all members of the Australian army, Morrison says that if these allegations are proven to be true, the actions "have not only brought the Australian army into disrepute, but has let down every one of you and all of those whose past service has won the respect of our nation."
In the three-minute, no-nonsense statement Morrison goes on to implore anyone who sees wrongdoing in the ranks to come forward. "If you become aware of any individual degrading another, then show moral courage and take a stand against it," he says.
He continues, "On all operations, female soldiers and officers have proven themselves worthy of the best traditions of the Australian army. They are vital to us, maintaining our capability, now and into the future. If that does not suit you, then get out."
Morrison also warns those serving that he "will be ruthless in ridding the army of people who cannot live up to its values, and I need everyone of you to support me in achieving this. The standard you walk past is the standard you accept."
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