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Former recruit details dangerous culture of silence for Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide

Tim Piccione
November 29 2022 - 9:00am
Former Defence recruit James Geercke's testimony opened the week of Royal Commission hearings in Wagga. Picture by Madeline Begley

A former recruit has discouraged people from joining the Australian Defence Force after detailing the lack of support, punitive environment and "culture of silence" fostered in his formative training.

Tim Piccione

Tim Piccione


Tim is a journalist from Sydney working for the Daily Advertiser in Wagga. He can be reached at or 0436919968.

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