Doug Laidlaw

Brigadier Douglas Laidlaw CSC has served for 33 years as a reserve officer. He is currently the Commander of 4th Brigade, has operational service in East Timor and has led the response to a number of significant natural disasters in Australia and overseas. He holds the degrees of Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce, and is a barrister practicing at the Victorian Bar.


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.


The 2nd Lieutenant – a necessary development pathway for Part-time officers

Doug Laidlaw argues that the re-introduction of the rank of 2nd LT for army officers who commission through the Part Time Officer Commissioning Course would enable a structured learning pathway for them to develop more closely to their full time counterparts.

By Doug Laidlaw