Don Spinks - Digger culture

Running time
1 min 11 sec
Date made
Department of Veterans' Affairs


I just think the Australian culture is quite different to the American culture, and so I say, what you do in barracks you do on exercise, you do on operations. So you really don't change. The personality of the people don't change, just the level of training increases as you go through those steps. But I think the Aussies are pretty laconic, pretty laid back and quite accepting, and engage differently with the local community to what I think the Americans do, but that doesn't make it any better or any worse.

It's just that I think the diggers are quite happy to have a joke and a laugh, whereas maybe the Americans are not so... take the same approach. But it doesn't mean it's right or it's wrong, it's just different. And I think the digger can make friendships much quicker, I think, would be fair to say, but you take the Dutch or the British, each nation has its own culture and its own approach. But yeah, the Aussie digger are very friendly and quite open to engage, whereas not everybody, I would say, would be.

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