Frank Hickling

Frank Hickling
Born 13 October 1941 (1941-10-13) (age 75)
Gosford, New South Wales
Allegiance Australia
Service/branch Australian Army
Years of service 1961–2000
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held Chief of Army (1998–00)
Land Command (1996–98)
Australian Defence Force Academy (1995–96)
Training Command (1992–94)
Northern Command (c.1990–92)
Battles/wars Vietnam War
Operation Bel Isi
Awards Officer of the Order of Australia
Conspicuous Service Cross

Lieutenant General Francis John "Frank" Hickling AO, CSC (born 13 October 1941) is a retired senior Australian Army officer, whose career culminated with his appointment as Chief of Army from 1998 to 2000.

Military career

Hickling graduated from the Officer Cadet School, Portsea, in 1961.[1][2] He undertook regimental postings with the Royal Australian Engineers,[3] and saw service in Vietnam from 1970 to 1971.[4][5]

Hickling was appointed Commander, Northern Command and received the Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC) for service in that role in 1993.[6] This was followed by a posting as General Officer Commanding Training Command from 1992 to 1994.[1]

Made commandant of the Australian Defence Force Academy in 1995,[3] Hickling was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to the Army and Australian Defence Force in the field of military training in 1996.[7] He then served as Land Commander Australia from 1996 until 1998.[1] In February 1998, he led Operation Bel Isi, a peace monitoring mission to Bougainville following a break in civil unrest in the country.[8]

Hickling was promoted lieutenant general and appointed Chief of the Army in 1998.[3] As Chief of the Army he deployed Australian troops to East Timor.[9]

In retirement he chaired the Review of the Australian Defence Force Cadets (ADFC) Scheme which reported in 2008.[3]


  1. 1 2 3 Singh, Shivani (2010). Who's Who in Australia 2010. Melbourne, Australia: Crown Content. ISBN 1-74095-172-7.
  2. Alumni website, Officer Cadet School, Portsea,
    Hickling was the first OCS Portsea graduate to reach lieutenant general and the first graduate to be appointed Chief of Army.
  3. 1 2 3 4 Final Report, November 2008, Review of the Australian Defence Force Cadets (ADFC) Scheme, pg.ii
  4. Sasha Uzunov (2009) Unsung Aussie General Saved Lives In Timor, East Timor Law & Justice Bulletin, 29 October 2009.
  5. HICKLING, Francis John, Nominal Roll of Vietnam Veterans, Department of Veterans Affairs.
  6. Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC), 26 January 1993, It's an Honour
  7. Officer of the Order of Australia (AO), 26 January 1996, It's an Honour
  8. Bob Breen, Chapter 10. Challenges during the first 12 months, Struggling for Self Reliance, Four case studies of Australia’s Regional Force Projection in the late 1980s and the 1990s,
  9. Commandos under attack, 5 December 2009, Team Uzunov,
Military offices
Preceded by
Lieutenant General John Sanderson
Chief of Army
Succeeded by
Lieutenant General Peter Cosgrove
Preceded by
Major General Peter Arnison
Land Commander Australia
Succeeded by
Major General John Hartley
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