The Government’s Rebuttal of RCB’s Claim

Our letter to all Parliamentarians dated 2 February 2018 has finally resulted in this formal decision reply from Vice Admiral Ray Griggs AO CSC  Vice Chief of the Defence Force  (VCDF), on behalf of the Government.

“…These successive reviews have determined that ADF service at Butterworth during the period 1970 to 1989, including that of the RCB, does not meet the criteria for classification as warlike service. Therefore, consistent with the findings of these independent reviews, and with the position of successive Coalition and Labor Governments, I consider that all ADF service at Butterworth, including RCB service, is appropriately classified as peacetime service. Further, as RCB service has already been examined by several independent reviews, I am satisfied that further consideration of the classification of ADF service in Malaysia is not warranted…”

LETTER – 180417 – VCDF – Response letter to Mr Robert Cross regarding Rifle Company Butterworth – UNCLASSIFIED

The RCB Review Group does not accept the decision and intends to rebut it and its reasons publicly with evidence that will  expose both the truth of the deployment as warlike service and the deception perpetrated by Australian governments on the troops and their families and the Australian public.



  1. Butch Mathew says:

    Fancy that ‘Backdoorer’ having the gall to knock back the application back, after his promoting , his now partner, wouldn’t trust him with the family jewels

  2. Crackles says:

    Fair enough guys. Time to accept the umpires decision. I know some feel left out on Anzac Day etc due to being in during a quieter time, but wear your service with pride.

  3. Des Johnston says:

    I am not a member of this association but I am interested to know how many “nay-sayers”to the RCB Review Group submissions, already have “benefits and entitlements” from this or other Service. Des Johnston.

    • Crackles says:

      I for one have previously spent time at RCB and received a ASM for it, which I am still embarrassed about. I have also received the AASM a number of times, for a number of theaters of war. I did not go to war for benefits and entitlements. I have a feeling that this group is chasing such a thing IMHO.

  4. Eddie Stone says:

    I see ribbon/riband layers on his uniform but, as a sailor, he would never have been on land carrying a weapon loaded with live/ball ammunition. I wonder what kind of war-like service he has been engaged in, because sitting in a tin can off the coast of an operational zone is not even close to the criteria for said medals.

    • Craig Fothergill says:

      Now don’t be too harsh Eddie. Navy Pilots and Aircrew, Clearance Divers and others have fought alongside soldiers in many wars. These tin cans have come under enemy fire throughout history. Today’s ADF is a mix of all Services.

  5. Crackles says:

    Eddie, you might have to complain to the GG about his gongs mate.

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