The Unforgiving60

S1E8- Brigadier Rupert Hoskin, AM - Preparing Junior Leaders for the Battlefield

March 14, 2019

Brigadier Rupert Hoskin, AM is the Commandant of the Royal Military College (Australia) and the Director of Army Leadership. He has the lead responsibility for the training and development of leaders inside the Australian Army.

In this episode we talk about training people in the 'art of leadership'. We discuss what has changed over the last two decades and how digitisation of the battlefield impacts leadership. Rupert shares his insights on the things that are important for leaders; their burden of responsibility and authority and the importance of a fountain pen and champagne to leaders! How resilience is developed. What can Army learn from the Corporates.

And no military episode would be complete without doing some time on the parade ground with drill sergeants - a component of military training which seems to never change!    


About Rupert

Rupert entered the Australian Defence Force Academy in 1988, and subsequently graduated from the Royal Military College Duntroon to the Royal Australian Engineers. He has had a diverse career, incorporating regimental and operational military service with engineering, project management, representational and diplomatic roles, as well as working in private industry.  He has worked in the UK, Tonga, Niger, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Canada, Timor Leste, Papua New Guinea, Afghanistan, France, Morocco, Algeria, Kuwait and Iraq. Rupert has a Bachelor of Maritime Engineering with Honours from UNSW/ADFA, a Masters of Defence Studies from the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College, and a Masters of Business Administration from Latrobe University.  He is a Chartered Professional Engineer, and a Fellow and Engineering Executive of Engineers Australia.  He speaks French fluently and has a Diplôme approfondi de langue française (Higher Diploma of French) from the French Ministry of State Education.  He is a 2016 graduate of the Defence Strategic Studies Course, for which he was awarded the Chief of Defence Force/Secretary for Defence Prize for leadership and strategy.  In 2017, he was made a Member of the Order of Australia (Military Division) for his contribution to Defence international relations. He was made an Officer in the US Legion of Merit, and awarded an Australian Commendation for Distinguished Service, for his work in the campaign against islamic State (ISIS). Brigadier Hoskin was also awarded a Chevalier de l’ Ordre national du mérite (Knight of the French National Order of Merit) for his contribution to Australia/France relations.

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