Statement regarding the Instagram account: State Sanctioned Violence
Earlier today, I was made aware of an Instagram account containing offensive content that is allegedly being operated by current and former Special Forces soldiers.
Army has commenced investigations into these allegations and into the content on this account. Such behaviour does not align with Army values.
These are the values that have enabled Army to prevail when our nation has needed us.
Individuals who act contrary to our values compromise the respect and trust of their mates, their chain of command, and the Australian public.
I want to assure the Australian public that if these allegations are substantiated through our investigations, those at fault will be held accountable.
This account has now been closed.
Lieutenant General Richard M Burr, AO, DSC, MVO
Chief of Army
3 September 2020