Regimental Sergeant Major of the Army (Australia)

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Regimental Sergeant Major
of the Australian Army
(RSM-A)
=
Incumbent
Dave Ashley

since 4 October 2011
Style Regimental Sergeant Major of the Army (Warrant Officer)
Term length 3 years
Inaugural holder Wally Thompson

Regimental Sergeant Major of the Army (RSM-A) is the most senior Warrant Officer in the Australian Army. It is a singular appointment – it is only held by one person at any time. The special insignia for the RSM-A is the Australian coat of arms with a wreath around it. The current Regimental Sergeant Major of the Army is Dave Ashley.[1]

Based on the United States Army practice of appointing a Sergeant Major of the Army,[citation needed] the RSM-A is responsible to the Chief of Army (CA).

The appointment is the equivalent of the Warrant Officer of the Navy (WO-N) in the Royal Australian Navy, and the Warrant Officer of the Air Force (WOFF-AF) in the Royal Australian Air Force.

The post was created by the then Chief of Army, Lieutenant General Sir Phillip Bennett.

Appointees[edit]

#
Name
Term began
Term ended
Notes
1 Thompson, WallyWally Thompson OAM January 1983 January 1987 [2][3]
2 Wendt, Kevin (Lofty)Kevin (Lofty) Wendt OAMBEM Jan 1987 [4][5]
3 Prewett, PeterPeter Prewett CSCOAM 1992 [4]
4 Francis, ArthurArthur Francis CSCOAM 1992 1997 [4]
5 Rosemond, PeterPeter Rosemond CSCOAM 1997 2001
6 Boughton, BrianBrian Boughton CSCOAM 2001 19 December 2003 [6][7]
7 Woods, KevinKevin Woods CSCOAM 19 December 2003 29 February 2008 [6]
8 Ward, StephenStephen Ward OAM 29 February 2008 4 October 2011
9 Ashley, DaveDave Ashley AM 4 October 2011 Incumbent
Kevin Woods (left) in 2007

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