29 June 1942

New AIF officers posted to the Militia battalions in Moresby start training their new charges, prompting initial resentment and revealing the rift between the two sides of the Army, which had its genesis as far back as the conscription issue in WWI.

The new officers are instructed to request their troops to join the AIF but receive a muted response. Unknown to them, many militia troops had previously been knocked back when they had earlier applied to join the AIF, at a time when the AIF had no need of further numbers.

The AIF-Militia resentment would continue until both sides fought side by side in action later in the campaign.