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Former SAS sergeant Mack McCormack says soldiers feel ‘betrayed’ over Brereton report fallout

Views of SAS member Brereton Report

Having served in the SAS from 1980 to 1993, CEO and founder of Saferight, Mr Mack McCormack expresses his thoughts and views over the findings of alleged war crimes by Australian troops in Afghanistan. To view the full coverage by ABC News, click here. A copy of this news coverage can also be found below. Saferight has a strong community support program and has partnerships as well as sponsorships with Legacy Charity Australia, SAS Resources Fund, Wounded Warrior Project and Go Cultural Aboriginal Tours and Experiences.

Snippets from the article:

  • SAS members are professional and disciplined, and that the whole squadron should not be blamed for the actions of a few.
  • The report was described as “unprecedented” as they did not match the “absolute professionalism” Mack experienced during his 13-year stint with the SAS.
  • The report was a “blemish” on the squadron. Mack hopes this report will not erode the legacy of the entire squadron and tarnish the reputation of the vast majority of former and serving members of the SAS, who he said served their country with “professionalism and discipline”.
  • As many in the SAS felt “betrayed” by politicians, it is believed that those further up the chain of command need to “take responsibility” for the findings.
  • The majority have dedicated their life and career to the defence of their country. The guys who serve in the regiment don’t serve for the money or medals, they serve for their country.

Source: ABC News