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Private Battles: The Emotional Cost of Military Operations

ByJohn Cantwell

In 2011 I returned from a year as the National Commander of all Australian forces in Afghanistan and the Wider Middle East. At that time I had served for 37 years, rising from the rank of private to major general. I had enjoyed a successful and rewarding career. I was being considered for further promotion, to become the Chief of the Australian Army.