Having shared the original story, I feel I should share the following. Apparently the story is inaccurate:
AUSTRALIA’S most decorated soldier, Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith, today announced he would be taking personal leave but was not leaving the army.
The Victoria Cross recipient released a statement announcing he had not resigned from the Special Air Service Regiment and would remain a member of the Australian Army.
“Over the course of 18 years in the Army, I have accumulated a substantial amount of leave and plan to take some of that leave this year.
“I will not discuss the period of leave I intend to take or my plans during this time, as I consider these personal matters. Like any Army member, I remain a serving member whilst on leave,” Cpl Roberts-Smith said.
He said he was “disappointed” by earlier reports that he had decided to quit the SAS but declined to elaborate on the length of time he intended to be away or the reasons behind his decision to take leave.
Like any member of the ADF, there will come a time for me to move on. However, if and when that time comes, I will remain connected to the SASR, the Army and the ADF and will not quit or walk away as News Limited reporting has suggested.
While I accept the public responsibilities of holding the Victoria Cross for Australia, I strongly believe that some aspects of my personal and family life remain private and I thank those members of the Australian media and public who have respected these wishes.