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History of the Exercise

The Chief of Army’s Exercise can trace its origins back to 1925 when the Chief of the General Staff, General Sir Harry Chauvel, GCMG, KCB, called upon the General Officers of the Australian Army to address significant modernisation issues.

Since that time, the Chief of Army’s Exercise has provided the opportunity for Army’s senior leadership to gather and address the key issues facing Army. In recent years, the Chief of Army’s Exercise has been held as a biennial event, linked to the Land Warfare Conference. This has allowed for a complementary series of events to be held over a one-week period. 

Recent Chief of Army’s Exercises have considered topics as diverse as the air/land battle, the human dimension of war, the application of social networking to Army and adaptive responses to complex environments. It has provided a forum for interactive discussion and knowledge sharing and a number of the concepts developed in previous Exercises have resulted in concrete action that has improved Army. The Chief of Army’s Exercise has also been used as an opportunity for regional engagement, with an emphasis on Australia’s immediate neighbourhood.

Last updated
17 January 2017
Army: Courage. Initiative. Respect. Teamwork.
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