Defence investigates Facebook slurs

The Defence Force has announced that it is looking into members of the Army who have reportedly posted racist updates to their Facebook accounts.

The Defence Force has announced that it is looking into members of the Army who have reportedly posted racist updates to their Facebook accounts.

According to reports, the posts included racist slurs against the Afghani people.

"Army is appalled by this behaviour. It is totally unacceptable and does not represent Army values of courage, initiative and teamwork," acting chief of army, major general Paul Symon, said in a statement.

"These soldiers have demonstrated a lack of decency and professional judgement, and brought discredit to themselves and disrepute to the Army and the [Australian Defence Force]. Army personnel have served alongside their Afghan counterparts for many years. We have forged a tremendous relationship with them founded on trust, mutual respect and mateship."

He continued to say that the comments made were not representative of the thousands of other Army members who had "served with distinction" alongside Afghan counterparts.

The chief of the Defence Force has ordered an investigation, which may result in disciplinary action against those involved.