Students leave open day enthused

The Puckapunyal Military Area was a sea of orange vests in early September when more than 1300 school students from 41 schools and colleges across Victoria attended a Defence Work Experience Program open day.

CAPTIONDefence Work Experience Program participants Alexandra Ibrahim and Angella Dcunha, of Saint Monica, get ready to go for a ride in an Australian light armoured vehicle during an open day for school students at Puckapunyal. Story by Captain Carlie Gibson. Photos by Corporal Michael Currie.

The students got up close with Army vehicles and equipment, including Bushmaster protected mobility vehicles, Australian light armoured vehicles, artillery, tanks, G-Wagons, as well as military working dogs.

They also did some physical training.

Lieutenant Colonel James McGann said the response from students was overwhelmingly positive.

“Across the day, I was impressed with the positive attitudes of the students and their willingness to learn. This was a real hands-on experience, and one I hope they remember for a long time to come,” Lieutenant Colonel McGann said.

CAPTIONParticipant Sarra Sadiq, of Hazleglen College, is shown a thermal imaging system by Australian Army soldier Sergeant Christopher Lang.

Defence Work Experience Program manager for Victoria Navi Kaur said the students’ enthusiasm was impressive.

“The personnel were so engaged and happy to talk to the students, and help them understand what life in the military is like. The feedback we received from the schools involved was so positive,” Ms Kaur said.

Careers and pathway coordinator from Echuca College Lorelle Pearse said the event catered across Years 7 to 12.

“I have never, in 18 years of career coordination, been at an event that was suitable for all ages, and in a time where we want our young people to experience careers even earlier in their lives, this event out-performed all others,” Ms Pearse said.

“The 46 students we took across were so pleased with the day.

“I walked into the office when we got back and one of the Year 9 students was talking to the assistant principal, and he said ‘that was one of the best career events I have ever been to because the people were so real, they really wanted to talk about their careers and what they do and how they feel about it’ – I can’t ask for a better career education than that for my students.”

The Defence Work Experience Program is designed to expose students to corps, trades and daily routines they would expect should they pursue a career in the ADF.

CAPTIONA student participating in the Defence Work Experience Program gives a thumbs up as he waits in line for lunch during an open day for school students at Puckapunyal, 1 September 2023.






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  • 21/09/2023 at 12:50 pm

    The A.D.F. recruiting onslaught at our School children has now reached worrying and disturbing levels.

    I expect apart from the usual criteria for Enlistment, Blue Cards should now be required by A.D.F. members due to their excessive exposure and interaction with so many young Children.

    Just like every other Industry and worker doing such close and intimate work with Children, A.D.F. members are nothing special and should be duly regulated and screened.

    Adults aren’t stupid or naive to enlist in the A.D.F., hence this immoral last-ditch behaviour to attract personnel.

    This is just a further example of the A.D.F.’s shameless desperation, caused by it’s low standing and complete lack of care within and by Australian Society, naturally brought about by it’s submissive and eager participation in the U.S.A.’s ”Endless Wars”.
    Who wants to die for the Republican Party?

    Neutrality for Australia.




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