Military pedants have much on their plate.

THE Oxford Dictionary describes a pedant as “one who insists on strict adherence to formal rules”.

The ADF takes pedantry seriously, with formal officer training at command and staff colleges, and more informal discussions, most usually in sergeants’ messes during Friday happy hour drinks.

Since pedantry has enjoyed a resurgence in recent years, particularly among the Fort Zinderneuf senior command, such training may have lost its relevance.

The concurrent resurgence in military teetotalitarianism has forced senior NCO pedantry training to go clandestine.

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