Home' Advance In Review : Advance in Review June 2015 Contents They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
Lest we forget.
On ANZAC Day and after the Ode at the various Commemorative Services around the world, you will hear the sounding of
the Last Post followed by 1-2 minutes silence. The silence will then be broken by either Reveille, or more usually, the Rouse.
However, which is which and why? To best understand what follows the Last Post, it is necessary to dive back into the history
books and discover their true meanings.
In military tradition, the Last Post, Reveille and Rouse were all part of a number of bugle calls sounded to mark the phases of
the day. Reveille signalled the start of a soldier’s day, the Last Post its end. Rouse was the bugle call used to rouse soldiers
to their duty.
The Last Post is believed to have originally been part of a more elaborate routine, known in the British Army as “tattoo” that
began in the 17th century. In the evening, a duty officer had to do the rounds of his unit’s position, checking that the sentry posts
were manned and rounding up the off-duty soldiers and packing them off to their beds or billets. He would be accompanied
by one or more musicians. The “first post” was sounded when the duty officer started his rounds and, as the party proceeded
from post to post, a drum was played. The drum beats told off-duty soldiers it was time to rest - if the soldiers were billeted
in a town, the beats told them it was time to quit the pubs. “Tattoo” is a derivation of “doe den tap toe”, Dutch for “turn off the
taps”, a call which is said to have followed the drum beats in many a Dutch pub while English armies were campaigning through
Holland and Flanders in the 1690s. (It is also from this routine that American practice of “taps” or “drum taps” originated.)
Another bugle call was sounded when the party completed their rounds, when they reached the “last post”: this signalled the
night sentries were alert at their posts and gave one last warning to any soldiers still at large that it was time to retire for the
evening. The Last Post has since been incorporated into funeral and memorial services as a final farewell and symbolises that
the duty of the dead is over and that they can rest in peace.
WORDS TO THE LAST POST
Come home! Come home! The last post is sounding
for you to hear. All good soldiers know very well there
is nothing to fear while they do what is right, and forget
all the worries they have met in their duties through the
year. A soldier cannot always be great, but he can be a
gentleman and he can be a right good pal to his comrades in
his squad. So all you soldiers listen to this - Deal fair by all
and you’ll never be amiss.
Be Brave! Be Just! Be Honest and True Men!
Reveille is a bright, cheerful call and was used to rouse soldiers from their slumber, ready for duty. Reveille comes from the
French word ‘reveillez’, meaning to ‘wake-up’, and its purpose was to wake the soldiers at dawn and let the sentries know that
they could cease challenging. It symbolises an awakening in a better world for the dead, and also rouses the living back to duty,
now their respects have been paid to the memory of their comrades. Although associated with the Last Post, Reveille is rarely
used because of its length. Reveille is only performed on the various Dawn Services or as the first call of the day in Barracks.
WORDS TO REVIELLE
Rev-eil-lee! Rev-eil-lee is sounding
The bugle calls you from your sleep; it is the break of day.
You’ve got to do your duty or you will get no pay.
Come, wake yourself, rouse yourself out of your sleep
And throw off the blankets and take a good peek at all
The bright signs of the break of day, so get up and do not delay.
Rouse is a shorter bugle call that was also used to call soldiers to their duties. Today, the Rouse is more commonly associated
with the Last Post and is performed at all military funerals and services of dedication and remembrance. It calls the soldier’s
spirit to rise and prepare for another day. On ANZAC Day and at all other services excluding the Dawn Service, Rouse will break
WORDS TO ROUSE
Get up at once, get up at once, the bugle’s sounding,
The day is here and never fear, old Sol is shining.
The Orderly Officer’s on his rounds.
Sergeant Adam Schlemitz
Since the establishment of the first full time
Air Force Band in 1952, the problem of noise
and hearing loss has been an issue. The
use of ear plugs has not been effective in
stemming the tide of hearing loss.
Corporal Leon Suter, an audio technician
in Air Force Band researched and analysed
data, recommended strategies and found a
workable earplug that allows band members
to perform their duties without detrimental
effects. His research and assessment of
other solutions brought about the creation
of Air Force Band’s Noise Management
Strategy and Noise Control Plan. These
documents are broadly applicable to all
band ensembles worldwide. There is now an
overall reduction in reported hearing loss
amongst members of Air Force Band due
to measures instigated by Corporal Suter’s
In recognition of his work, Corporal Leon
Suter was nominated as a finalist in the
2015 Defence Work Health and Safety
Awards for his work in the development
and maintenance of Air Force Band noise
The Defence Work Health and Safety Awards
Selection Panel commented, ‘an age old
problem solved by someone with what
appears to be the application of passion.
This effort demonstrates the positive
outcomes that can be achieved when
determined individuals challenge what has
been accepted as normal.’ Corporal Suter
was awarded a commendation in ‘Category
three - Solution to an Identified Workplace
Health Safety Hazard’, which was presented
at the Defence Work Health and Safety
Awards Ceremony on 12 of March 2015. As
Corporal Suter was unable to attend the
ceremony in person, I was proud to receive
the award on his behalf.
Squadron Leader Mathew Shelley
Notes of Destinction -
Reveille or Rouse?
i hear you!
safety award winner
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