Participants in the Defence Work Experience Program (DWEP) sampled day-to-day Army life when they were hosted by multiple 7th Brigade units in late August at Gallipoli Barracks, Enoggera.
CAPTION: Participants of the Defence Work Experience Program are shown an ASLAV by a soldier from 2nd/14th Light Horse Regiment (Queensland Mounted Infantry) at Gallipoli Barracks. Photos by Captain Cody Tsaousis.
They were given the chance to look at military vehicles, handle equipment under supervision and attempt some of the physical challenges demanded of soldiers.
Sergeant Philip Malone, who has overseen dozens of DWEPs, said being exposed to 7th Brigade units was always a highlight and led to students pursuing a career in Defence.
“The program is critical to recruiting, and some of them are already looking into applying for Defence, so these days are great for showing them what Army has to offer and what different units do,” he said.
“At 7th Brigade, we’ve visited everyone from the Army Band to the engineers [2nd Combat Engineers Regiment], signallers [7th Combat Signal Regiment] and cavalry [2nd/14th Light Horse Regiment (Queensland Mounted Infantry)].
“We’ve spoken to soldiers who have recently enlisted about their experiences and what to expect.”
In addition to experiencing the day-to-days tasks of soldiers, participants attempted some of the activities on offer at Gallipoli Barracks.
CAPTION: Defence work experience program participants get a safety brief from physical training instructor, Corporal Kelsey Butler, ahead of attempting the over-water obstacle course at Gallipoli Barracks.
Physical training instructor Corporal Kelsey Butler supervised the students as they negotiated the over-water obstacle course.
It was one of the highlights of the program for 16-year-old Matt Colen, who completed the obstacle course twice.
“My sister took part in the Defence Work Experience Program last year and really enjoyed it, so I was excited to have a look at everything myself this year,” he said.
“I’m really interested in the Army because it seems a lot more exciting than regular 9-to-5 jobs, and it’s really cool that there are so many roles you can do.
“I really like that it tests you physically as well, which isn’t something that you get in many other jobs, and the over-water obstacle course is a great example of that.”