What People Keep Getting Wrong About Life and Leadership in the Australian Army via the Junket

By Tom McDermott May 16, 2019

Junket is an annual 'un-conference' held by www.junkee.com, an award winning Australian media brand.

It's called an 'un-conference' because, unlike a standard conference, no agenda is set and no presentations are given. Instead participants pitch ideas into conversations, which are run as 'streams'.

You have to be invited to attend the Junket. In 2016 Australian soldier Jonathan Batten was invited to not only attend, but also to write for the Junket website on his views on the Australian Army and leadership.

A fifteen year veteran with two tours of Afghanistan and one each in Timor Leste and the Solomon Islands, Jonathan was faced with the challenge of explaining leadership in the Army to an entirely civilian (and pretty hip) audience.

You can read his blog here, or by clicking the image above.

What do you think of Jonathan's views? Has he got it right? How important do you think the Army's relationship with society is? Should we be doing more, or less, of things like the Junket?

If you want to read more about Junket 2017, you can do so here. Look out for more from Jonathan on the Cove in the future.

Click the image to access the Junket article by Jonathan Batten
Photo courtesy of ADF



Tom McDermott

Tom McDermott is a serving Australian Army Officer and a student of strategy and military ethics. You can follow him on Twitter via the handle @helmandproject.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of the Australian Army, the Department of Defence or the Australian Government.

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