The 6 RAR Association - The No Compulsory Fee Association
We have adopted a new on-line membership system which will automate many of our administrative functions. When you follow the links further down this page, you will be able to login or register, if you wish, subscribe to 'Stand To', using PayPal for payment. Don't have a PayPal account? PayPal is a great way to pay online for anything, is secure and gives you recourse for a refund should you need it. Visit www.paypal.com.au to open an account.
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If you have had no previous contact with the 6 RAR Association you may need to register by using the link to the online registration page, if you have registered previously, just Login.
Once registered and/or logged in, you will have the ablity to update your contact details and we will keep you informed of all future planning as we countdown to REUNION 2020.
After each 5 yearly reunion (on the 5 and 0 year, we offer you the opportunity to subscribe for the next 5 year period. The cost from mid 2015 to 2020 was $80 for a minimum 3 issues per year. Now $30.00 until June 2020. Please watch this space or subscribe now as in the paras above.
Membership of the association is open to all who have served in or with 6 RAR at any time and we welcome
new members. If you have no wish to act 'online', Click the image on the left border to print an
application form or e-mail the Secretary to join the Association. Alternatively, continue reading below.
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6 RAR Mascot
In 1975 the CO of the Battalion ordered the Bn 2IC to obtain a ‘Blue Healer’ as the unofficial Battalion Mascot. The 2IC purchased MA001 PTE Ridgliegh (Blue), for a total of $30. On 28 Oct 76, ‘Blue’ was accidentally run over and the battalion was left without their mascot. In 1978 the next ‘Blue’ was given to 6 RAR by 8/9 RAR during an exercise in Shoalwater Bay as somewhat of a joke given the Battalion did not have a mascot. A wretched old dog was obtained from the local pound by the 8/9 RAR Padre at a cost of $1.50 and promptly named “Wart” by the troops. The dog was left as a surprise gift in the dug-in command post during a relief in place activity. The CO at the time, LTCOL M. Harris, MC, kept the animal and on return to barracks ordered the dog cleaned, wormed and marched in as the Battalion’s mascot. In 1981 a new dog was brought into service with the Battalion “PTE Saltwood Sharaz Jasmine” (alias Blue). There have been seven Australian Cattle dogs in the role of ‘Battalion Friend’ with only the last three being official mascots. The current ‘Blue Dog’ is a healthy male who was born in May 2010, he has been with the Battalion since June 2010. On 29 November 2011, MA505 Private Ridgliegh Blue III was officially registered as the 6 RAR Mascot.
Blue was promoted to the rank of LCPL on 08 April 2013, after successfully completing a Junior Leadership Course with SQLD WONCO.
After a year of hard work and rigorous parade duties, Blue was promoted to the rank of CPL on 20 January 2014.
During his time in the Battalion ‘Blue’ was involved in a number of incidents :
* He was seen on numerous occasions biting various members of the battalion whilst on morning parade
* The duty wheels were often dispatched to recover Blue from other units around Gallipoli Barracks after he gate crashed BBQs and events looking for a free meal and pat
* There have been unconfirmed reports around Blue’s involvement with female dogs from the 2CER EDD Team
* Blue has also been known to use his rank and position in the Battalion to receive free meals at the Boozer
Despite all this, on 19 January 2015 ‘Blue’ was promoted to the rank of SGT.
Blue now spends his days travelling between “Blue Dogs Hut” at the Guard Room, the Battalion Boozer and the Regimental Police Cell.
SGT RIDGELEIGH BLUE is to be retired on 25th November 2019 and the Battalion is seeking expressions of interest from 6 RAR Association members as to how Blue may peacefully spend his remaining years.
Pte Ridgeleigh IV will march in the day Blue III retires.
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"Our aim is to perpetuate the camaraderie that was generated amongst us when we served."
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6 RAR Association
PO Box 225
Red Hill Qld 4059