Week of adventure
A group of 36 female Queensland high school students, aged between 16 and 18, have completed the Australian Army Adventure Camp.
for Army hopefuls
The group experienced a range of Army trades including logistics, engineering, intelligence, artillery, medical, military policing, aviation, catering and communications.
The week-long camp is a key Australian Army initiative for the recruitment of women.
Commander of the Australian Defence College, Major General Simone Wilkie said the camp was an opportunity for women in the Army to inspire the next generation.
“Throughout the week these students have pushed their own personal limits and reached new boundaries,” Major General Wilkie said.
“They not only now know a little more about each other, but also the importance of teamwork and respect.”
She said the camp enabled young women to experience the breadth of rewarding and achievable career choices available to women in today’s Army as it worked to increase the percentage of its female workforce from 11.2 per cent to 12 per cent by mid 2014.
“Gender does not limit your ability to serve the nation. If you’re good enough and fit enough, you can do any job, officer or soldier,” Major General Wilkie said.
Women looking to join the Army have access to a pre-enlistment training fitness program and a 12-month Initial Minimum Period of Service for selected trades. Some women will be able to join under the Recruit to Area Scheme, which provides certainty of the location they will be posted to after completion of their training.
From January 2016, all gender restrictions will be removed from combat roles, allowing women access to all career opportunities in the Army.
Edition 384, 22 October 2013