John Scrutton's interview in Darwin

John Scrutton discusses his experiences in the Air Force as an Air-Frame Fitter over the course of nearly 20 years, including service in Malaysia during the Vietnam War. John explains what led him to enlist in the Air Force, his experiences in training, working and travelling around Australia as well as the intense bullying and racism that he experienced during his time in the forces. John also discusses his post-service life, and how he has tried to come to terms with some of the issues, including PTSD and depression, that arose following his service.

This interview took place on 10 September 2015 in Darwin and was conducted by Professor Mick Dodson and Dr Allison Cadzow with Craig Greene as part of the Australian Research Council-funded research project Serving our Country: a history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the defence of Australia.

The interview recording above is made available to be viewed here by permission of the interviewee(s), John Scrutton. The recording may not be copied, reproduced or communicated in whole or in part without the prior permission of the interviewee(s). Requests for permission for use of this material should be made to the Serving our Country research project: our contact details.

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