Why the Association Exists
The Association exists for ALL members who have served in the 2nd Battalion or the 2nd/4th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment, regardless of where that service occurred. Some have served on active service while many have had service only in Australia during those long periods of non-operational activity.
Membership is also open to members of 1RNZIR who served with 2RAR/NZ (ANZAC) Battalions on both tours of Vietnam (Victor and Whiskey Companies) and we welcome our Tasman warrior brothers to our Association.
Our Association is for all these members.
The objectives for which the Association is established are:
- To preserve and continue the memory of those who died during service with 2RAR;
- To assist the sick, wounded and needy among those who have served in 2RAR;
- To assist widows and children of deceased former serving members of 2RAR;
- To perpetuate the close bonds of comradeship and esprit de corps created by past and present members of 2RAR;
- To guard and perpetuate the good name and preserve the interests of 2RAR;
- To foster and develop for historical purposes articles, papers, photographs, journals, memorabilia, artifacts and similar items accruing from the existence of 2RAR;
- To foster and develop for historical purposes a link with 2nd Battalion (1st AIF) and the 2/2nd Battalion (Second AIF).
- To foster and further ANZAC Day and its purpose.
Our Patron – Major General Michael David “Mick” Slater AO, DSC, CSC (Retd)
Major General Michael David “Mick” Slater AO, DSC, CSC (Retd) (born 8 July 1958) is a retired senior officer of the Australian Army, who served as Commander Forces Command from November 2011 until his retirement in January 2015.
Mick Slater has commanded at all levels from platoon to brigade level. He served as a platoon commander in 8/9 RAR and 1 RAR, and later as intelligence officer, company commander and operations officer in 2/4 RAR. He was subsequently posted to the School of Infantry. In 1999–2000 he commanded 2 RAR.
His operational commands have included 2 RAR, and the 3rd Brigade on operations in East Timor, during International Force for East Timor (INTERFET). He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his distinguished command and leadership while commander of 2 RAR on Operation Warden, in East Timor. Also he served as an operations staff officer in the United States 3rd Army Headquarters in Kuwait on Operation Pollard.
He has undertaken formal education in mobilisation planning in the United States of America, and is a graduate of the Army Command and Staff College Fort Queenscliff, the Joint Services Command and Staff College, and the U.S. Army War College. Mick Slater holds masters degrees in Strategic Studies and Business Administration.
In January 2011, Mick Slater was appointed to lead the Flood Recovery Taskforce overseeing recovery from the 2010–2011 Queensland floods. This taskforce subsequently transitioned into the Queensland Reconstruction Authority, where he remained until 31 August 2011, formally handing over to former Director of the Defence Intelligence Organisation, Major General Richard Wilson. For his efforts in heading the taskforce, along with his stints as Head of the Defence Personnel Executive and Commander 1st Division, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in the 2012 Australia Day Honours List.
His final appointment in the Army was as a Commander Forces Command in the period 2012-15. Since retiring in April 2015, he has moved to Melbourne where he works for Linfox, another great Australian organisation.
“I believe I have an enduring obligation to the men of 2RAR, particularly those who served in INTERFRET in 1999. This is an obligation I have always taken seriously and I will continue to do so.” Mick Slater
Who is Eligible to Become a Member?
- Ex-members of 66 Bn AMF, 2RAR, 2/4RAR and serving members of 2RAR. Membership may include those of Corps, other than the Royal Australian Infantry Corps, eligible by Service with 2RAR and includes all or any ‘members of supporting arms or philanthropic organisations attached to 2RAR from time to time’ (including 2RAR MTF-3).
- Ex-service persons who have served with “Sister Battalions” of The Royal Australian Regiment, or persons currently serving, or will in future serve, with “Sister Battalions”, in any theatre of operations including Korea, Malaya, Borneo, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Rwanda, East Timor, Solomon Islands, Iraq, Timor Leste, Afghanistan or any future theatre of operations.
- Any direct relative of a person killed in action, died of wounds, or died from illness, in any theatre of operations while serving with 2RAR, and who would have been eligible for membership of the Association; such relatives to include spouse/partner, mother, father, brother, sister, children or grandchildren of such deceased person.
- Reconnect with and refresh army mateship
- Make new friends with a common history i.e. service in 2RAR
- Rekindle the camaraderie resulting from previous service in 2RAR
- The Association provides the opportunity to become involved in assisting other veterans in various ways.
- Contribute to and assist in the maintenance of the history of 2RAR
- Get the latest news on what’s happening inside and outside the battalion.
- Gain a better understanding of the ‘mateship’ that is the basis of military service
- Experience the warmth and compassion of the 2RAR family
- Meet other past members of 2RAR who have served with the family member.
To join the Association, download an application form (Click here), print the application form, complete your details and mail the form to 2RAR Association, PO Box 1097, Toombul QLD 4012