CAPTION: RAAF Flight Camp for Young Women participiant Ruth Staer ready to go flying in a PC-9/A – and, right, participants chat with Flight Lieutenant Belinda Beatty from No 2 Flying Training School. Photos by Sergeant Pete Gammie.
While at the Flight Camp, participants experienced a range of military aviation roles on offer with the Royal Australian Air Force.
The participants also took part in mentoring sessions with current-serving personnel, fitness testing, public speaking tasks and leadership activities.
The Australian Defence Force is keen to recruit more women.
Flight Camp is just one of several ‘experiential initiatives’ designed to give women aged between 16 and 24 years a try-before-you-buy look at the RAAF.
The primary objective of Flight Camp (and Tech Camp), is to provide a hands-on learning opportunity for young women to experience Air Force aviation, particularly pilot (and technical) .
The camp provides a week of positive, tailored work experiences to participants, promoting the Air Force as a positive employment option.
It includes opportunities to engage with current-serving women, and exposure to Air Force life, fitness standards, leadership and adventurous training.
The majority of participants indicate a willingness to join Air Force following their attendance at the camp (reference – Women in the ADF Report 2015/16).