Lachlan Shire National Servicemen 60th Anniversary

Lachlan Shire National Servicemen will join in Australia-wide celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of National Service in coming months.
A total of 287,000 young Australian men were called up for service in the Navy, Army and Air Force between 1951 and 1972.
Of them, 212 died on active service in Borneo and Vietnam.
The Nashos, meeting at Condoblin on May 15, discussed the celebrations on the Shire, State and national level.
They also considered other major issues including the proposed national Five Year Plan to ensure the continuation of the National Servicemen’s Association of Australia; the future of the Heritage Precinct commemorating National Service at the former Ingleburn Army Camp near Sydney; recruiting for the Australian Cadet Force and the importance of the Reserves to Australia’s defence effort.
The first National Serviceman marched into camp on 29 June 1951 and the last completed his obligation in the Army on 14 February 1974.
Lachlan Shire Nashos will join in special parades and services marking the 60th anniversary. These include a national reunion at Townsville in north Queensland and a service at the National Service Memorial which was unveiled by the Governor-General, Ms Quentin Bryce AC, at the Australian War Memorial on 8 September last year.
The Five Year Plan aims at recruiting 1960s National Servicemen to join the NSAA.  Of the 65,000 young men called up in the 1960s, just over 15,000 served in Borneo and Vietnam.
The remainder served in support units in Malaysia, Papua New Guinea and Australia but received no recognition such as veterans’ pensions, medals or home loans.
They have been termed the Lost Legion because until recently they have tended not to join in any ex-service organisations.
The recruiting campaign aims to encourage them to take over from the 1950s National Servicemen who have directed the Association since its foundation in 1987.
The Lachlan Shire National Servicemen have also expressed concern at proposed sell-offs of land around the former Ingleburn Army camp which houses the National Service museum containing photos, relics and memorabilia from the National Service era.
The NSAA helps maintain the Museum and Precinct but it is becoming an increasing financial burden and the Association is discussing ways to ensure that the Museum continues.
The strain on Australia’s Reserve Forces and the difficulties in recruiting Reservists and Cadets was another area of concern at the Condobolin meeting.

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