REFLECTION

From the moment a recruit arrives at the Recruit Training Battalion, (RTB), the Army immediately and skilfully, initiates an energetic program of team bonding and mateship between the recruits and their peers. Unlike the movies, the reality is that there is no place for an individual within this organisation.

This sense of belonging and sense of worth as a part of the team is fostered, strengthened and built upon right through the defence member’s career. From Initial Employment Training, (IET), to the section and then platoon, from the company to the battalion, the sense of belonging is by training and design. It is no accident it is created and it is for good reason.

Each member relies on the other for support during times of difficulty, be it in the barracks or on the battlefield. This sense of belonging is not insubstantial and it cannot be easily undone. It goes right to the core of every soldier; it is what the “combat veteran” in time of war rely on to keep each other alive.

Defence members feel comfortable around other defence members. They are part of a group, an organisation, a team, they belong. In most cases, when the veteran suffers an injury, either physically or psychologically they are removed from the group. The sense of team and belonging, even before discharge, is removed and in some cases removed overnight. This can leave the veteran alienated, empty and alone. They can feel helpless, confused and lost in regards to which way to turn or where to go for support. The support of the group that they have been trained and conditioned to rely upon is no longer there.

Generally, all this occurs when the veteran most needs to belong, when the support of the group is no longer there. The complete and all-encompassing sense of loss and emptiness is fertile ground for alcohol, drugs and in the more, but not necessarily the most extreme cases, suicide.

SMEAC Inc. believes that it is paramount for the discharged veteran, to as quickly as possible be linked with other veterans, IN A REAL SENSE, not just by brochures and contact lists but physically and socially. They need to be reconnected to their mates, be reintegrated back into society, and ultimately be retrained for purposeful and meaningful employment. This in turn will help the discharging veteran transition and form new support networks which will replicate and, in some cases, eventually replace their previous military ones.

THE SMEAC APPROACH

SMEAC Inc. will provide veterans with the best opportunity to transition from defence to civilian life by providing a solid, sound support utilising SMEAC “4 Pillars 4 Vets” Approach.

  • (3R’s) Reconnecting, Reintegrating and Retraining by Providing Purposeful and Meaningful Employment,
  • Veterans Helping Veterans to Help the Next Generation.
  • A Hand Up Not a Hand Out, and
  • No Veteran and No Child Will Be Left Behind.
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PROJECTS

CAMP X-RAY

The Veteran Transition Facility, (VTF) otherwise known as Camp X-Ray is neatly sandwiched between 200 hectares of state forest and The Ewen maddock Dam. Camp X-Ray, is around a dozen buildings on 50 hectares of mostly bush land situated just north of the Glasshouse Mountains, 82 kilometers north of Brisbane and around 23 kilometers west from Caloundra.

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LANGLEY MUD CENTRE

Complete with a HUEY helicopter, the Langley MUD, (Multi User Depot), Centre or commonly known as the “MUD” will be the flagship of the Veteran transition Facility, (VTF) at camp X-Ray. It will consist of three levels of 40 foot containers laid out in a hollow square formation with the SMEAC Museum occupying the first 2 levels.

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COURSES

Reconnection, Reintegration and Retraining for Purposeful and Meaningful Employment. Veterans Helping veterans Helping The Next Generation

Defence veterans are a highly trained unique subsect of society. They generally have life experiences, the envy of most, with a readily transferable skill set that should be in the cross hairs of any astute organisation.

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