Home' Defence Magazine : Issue 6 2010 Contents DEFENCE FORCE RECRUITING
Imagine getting the opportunity to check out your future career
before having to sign on the dotted line – and all with the added
bonus of getting there free.
Students shown the ropes for a Defence career
By Sue Caddaye
Are you EXPERIENCED?
on Mornington Peninsular to see the many ADF
technical trade careers training and jobs in action.
“The Defence Experience Tour is a great initiative
allowing students to get first hand information on
trade careers available in the Navy, Army and Air
Force,” Defence’s Head of People Capability Major
General Craig Orme said.
“We know from research that one in four
applicants join because of a referral from someone
they know who is in the Navy, Army or Air Force.
“These students have already shown an interest
in joining the Services as a potential career by
applying for, and receiving a Defence Technical
Scholarship (DTS), so the tour is just another way
of us saying – look, this is what we can offer you,”
At each venue, group members viewed the wide
range of training programs and future career
pathways available in the ADF.
In addition to the trade facilities, the group also
visited the single service recruit training schools
and barracks to see the facilities and get an insight
into life as a new recruit in the ADF.
Feedback from students was very positive with
anonymous questionnaire responses at the end
indicating the Tour had achieved its aim.
Students were asked a range of questions with
just some of the responses including:
“I can’t see myself doing anything else.”
“It all looks pretty amazing and professional.”
“It was one of the best weeks ever.”
“Discovering so many difference trades and being
able to see them first-hand was great.”
“I didn’t know what I wanted to do – now I do.”
DTS Program Manager Major Jenelle Lawson
believes this program has great potential.
“We had more than 180 applications from DTS
recipients to come on this tour,” Major Lawson
“The tour provided participating students with first-
hand information on career options available to
them and will help them to make a more informed
decision on their future career paths.
“Visiting the single service recruit training schools
was an added bonus which showed the students
“These students have already shown an interest in joining the Services as a potential
career by applying for, and receiving a Defence Technical Scholarship, so the tour is
just another way of us saying – look, this is what we can offer you,”
- Defence’s Head of People Capability Major General Craig Orme
Photos from left to right:
1. Lieutenant Jason Booth, a Marine Engineering Officer
at HMAS Cerberus, speaks with father and daughter Ellis
and Jessica Scarticcini about one of the training aids at
the Royal Australian Navy Technical Training School.
2. Sergeant Grant O’Leary, a metal smith senior instructor,
demonstrates the use of a welding simulator to 2010
Defence Experience Tour participants.
3. Chief Petty Officer Ross Bell speaks with Teachers
Jenny Forster and Mandi Ilot about Defence technical
careers after a presentation by Defence Force Recruiting.
4. Chief Petty Officer Duncan Naughton explains how the
instruments at West Head Range work to teachers and
students from the 2010 Defence Experience Tour.
5. Warrant Officer Don Kenny speaks with Defence
Experience Tour students about how the Macchi aircraft
used as a training aid at RAAF Wagga Wagga.
6. Warrant Officer Greg Huckstepp talks to students and
teachers from the 2010 Experience Tour about the Aircraft
Technician training carried out at RAAF Wagga Wagga.
All photos: LAC Leigh Cameron
and teachers what happens immediately after
“Students who had considered a career in Defence
previously will now have added motivation to apply
as a consequence of the tour,” she said.
The DTS is an innovative program looking to
educate and encourage students to consider an
ADF technical trade while supporting students to
finish Year 12.
There were 761 DTS recipients this year, up
from 568 last year, the program’s inaugural year.
Scholarship recipients are awarded $2000 (Year
11) and $3000 (Year12) as an incentive to consider
the ADF as a career option once they have
completed their Year 12 studies.
If you would like to know more about the DTS go to
defence magazine ›
For 40 students and 10 teachers from schools
across Australia, that is exactly what they enjoyed
on a Defence Experience Tour in July.
The Defence Experience Tour, part of the Defence
Technical Scholarships program, gave these lucky
individuals four days of visiting Defence bases and
establishments, providing valuable insights into
the Defence community and lifestyle.
The group visited RAAF Base Wagga, the Army
Recruit Training Centre at Kapooka, the Army
Logistic Training Centre in Bandiana, the Joint
Logistics Unit in Victoria, and HMAS Cerberus
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