ADF Careers Talk
On Thursday May 26th, St Joseph’s School students from Year 10, 11 and 12 were invited to consider a career in the Australian Defence Force. Squadron Leader Tarene Doherty (RAAF), Chief Petty Officer Dane Field (RAN), and Corporal Cory Holland (Army) gave students an insight into life in the Australian Defence Force. The ADF, which defends Australian borders and cooperates in international coalitions, has over 250 career options available for people from all walks of life. Entry into the ADF occurs on three levels: (1) General Entry (trades and apprenticeships); (2) Officer Entry (AFDA, sponsorships); (3) Reserves (part time). Students were encouraged to consider applying for a YOU (Your Opportunities Unlimited) session to participate in the “Try before you buy” Army Gap Year or to gain entry into the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA). Although some students were put off by the level of fitness required for ADF careers, the pay and living environment were incentives for many. The presentation was invaluable for all students present and opens new pathways for students to consider as school-leavers and future seniors.
By Katie Yates