VALUABLE INSIGHT: Military Working Dog (MWD) handler Aircraftman Even Moreley introduces ANZAC the MWD puppy to students (L-R) Sidney Ruthven, Meg Kelman and Aliesha Cotterill at RAAF Base Amberley.
VALUABLE INSIGHT: Military Working Dog (MWD) handler Aircraftman Even Moreley introduces ANZAC the MWD puppy to students (L-R) Sidney Ruthven, Meg Kelman and Aliesha Cotterill at RAAF Base Amberley. Contributed

A taste of Air Force life

RAAF Base Amberley has gone on show for the Air Force Gap Year graduation and the Indigenous Australian Science and Infrastructure Development Winter School base visit.

Combat Support Group Commander, Air Commodore Scott Winchester, said it was an exciting day for the base.

"We are proud as an organisation to welcome young Indigenous students and graduates of the Gap Year Program who are so enthusiastic about future opportunities in the the Air Force," Air Commodore Winchester said.

"Both of these programs are amazing opportunities for the youth of today, and Air Force is extremely proud to be an active stakeholder."

RAAF Security and Fire School Commanding Officer, Wing Commander Andrew McHugh, said Air Force's Gap Year program provided an exciting opportunity for young Australian school-leavers who have finished Year 12 or equivalent, to experience A year of military life.

In January, the Federal Government reintroduced the ADF Gap Year program to give young people the chance to get a taste of life in the Australian Defence Force. For people between 18 and 24, it's a try before you buy option.

ADF Gap Year opportunities for the 2015 intake were available in the Army and Air Force, with places being made available in the Navy next year.

Successful applicants earn more than $45,000, have subsidised accommodation and full medical and dental coverage.

"During the 12-month program, participants are given training in a variety of career streams, all while being paid and receiving the benefits and entitlements received by full-time serving members," Wing Commander McHugh said.

Students and Defence mentors on the No. 36 Squadron flight line with a C-17A Globemaster aircraft during their visit to RAAF Base Amberley. Photo Contributed
Students and Defence mentors on the No. 36 Squadron flight line with a C-17A Globemaster aircraft during their visit to RAAF Base Amberley. Photo Contributed Contributed

 

"Students have completed their initial recruit training and will be posted to the Air Force Security Squadrons across Australia for employment training."

Aircraftsman Kyle Anderson, a participant on the 2015 Gap Year Program, said the training had so far been exciting and challenging but altogether a great experience.

"I am looking forward to my posting to Number 2 Security Force Squadron, Townsville and putting my training to use. I'm looking forward to gaining more insight into a career in the Air Force," Aircraftsman Anderson said.

The Indigenous Australian Science and Infrastructure Development Winter School is a Queensland University of Technology Program providing Indigenous Year 10 and 11 students with the opportunity to experience a variety of careers during a four-day winter school in Brisbane.

Number 23 Squadron Warrant Officer Gary Thompson, said Air Force was a proud sponsor of the program and he hoped to see many of the participants consider a career in the ADF

"While at RAAF Base Amberley students were given a tour of a C-17A Globemaster aircraft and witnessed a display of Air Force security capability," Warrant Officer Thompson said.

"They also had a tour of an air traffic control tower in which they were able to engage with Joint Battlefield Airspace Controllers, observing them conducting operations, and spoke with Indigenous Air Force personnel.

"Educational opportunities such as this one are essential to closing the gaps in equality that are present in modern day Australia."

Flight Lieutenant William Todd explains Joint Battlefield Airspace Controller procedures, within the RAAF Base Amberley Air Traffic Control Tower, to students Corey Quaill and Emily Mcbryde. Photo Contributed
Flight Lieutenant William Todd explains Joint Battlefield Airspace Controller procedures, within the RAAF Base Amberley Air Traffic Control Tower, to students Corey Quaill and Emily Mcbryde. Photo Contributed Contributed


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