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Bennett graduated as a lieutenant in the then newly-created Australian Regular Army in 1948.
Mr Gygar is a former Australian Regular Army Officer who served in the permanent forces for 7 years including service in Vietnam with an Aviation Reconnaissance Unit and later in the Army Reserve holding senior appointments in Officer Training Units.
The Interim Army, the beginning of the Australian Regular Army (ARA), was formed in 1947 and recruiting for Korea and K Force commenced in 1951.
By 1961, Dick Buffer had attained the distinction of being the first soldier to earn the Australian Regular Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal for service completely within the 7th Military District.
Officially it ended on his retirement from the Australian Regular Army in 1977 but he spent the twenty-six years that followed helping individuals and organizations that valued his military experience.
As at December 2000, there were 77 officers and 74 other rank Vietnam veterans still serving in the Australian Regular Army (ARA), and 78 officers and 93 other ranks in the Reserves.