The ADF's effectiveness in domestic settings can be compromised by a lack of emotionally intelligent leadership and clear public policy, potentially leading members to question the true nature of the challenges they face.


  1. Blurred ADF Role: ADF's growing domestic role, like DACC, risks core mission clarity.
  2. Leadership Gaps: Domestic missions show leadership flaws affecting trust and morale.
  3. Strategic Shift: 2020 Update highlights DACC's rising strategic importance.
  4. Operational Confusion: DACC tasks lead to role uncertainty and community friction.
  5. Need for Emotional IQ: Clear goals and emotionally savvy leadership are crucial.
Nb: This essay by Caitlin Riley won First Place in the (Australian Defence College (ADC) Forge essay writing competition.
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