Australian Army Chief David Morrison recorded a warning following the latest scandal involving soldiers sending demeaning content through the defense’s email networks.
In the YouTube footage, recorded on Wednesday, Morrison said there is "no place" in the army for members who "exploit and demean" their colleagues.
"The conduct, if proven, has not only brought the 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," he said.
"Evidence collected to date has identified a group within our ranks who have allegedly produced highly inappropriate material demeaning women, and distributed it across the internet and Defence's email networks. If this is true, then the actions of these members are in direct contravention of every value the Australian Army stands for."
He further added: "I will be ruthless in ridding the army of people who cannot live up to its value, and I need everyone of you to support me in achieving this."
"If we are a great national institution – if we care about the legacy left to us by those who have served before us, if we care about the legacy we leave to those who, in turn, will protect and secure Australia – then it is up to us to make a difference. If you're not up to it, find something else to do with your life. There is no place for you amongst this band of brothers and sisters."
He also warned troops who bullied their colleagues.
"Those who think that it is okay to behave in a way that demeans or exploits their colleagues have no place in this army," he said."If that does not suit you, then get out. The same goes for those who think that toughness is built on humiliating others. If you become aware of any individual degrading another, then show moral courage and take a stand against it."
And here’s how people responded to his warning to the sexist soldiers on the internet:
That's the face that you don't want to see in the army. A high-ranked officer with that face means you just fucked up, bad.
"The standard you walk past, is the standard you accept."
I won't be forgetting that anytime soon. I like this man.
So proud to be an Australian right now.
That gave me chills.
I really like this man. The US military desperately needs leaders like him.
powerful speaker, I now feel ashamed of myself even though I don't even know the back story
That deathly stare clearly indicates that you can’t mess with this man. What’s your take on his message; let us know with your comments.