Marching toward Army career

JOCELYN TEAGUE has her sights clearly set on where she wants to be in life and has rec-eived a much-needed boost from the Defence Force to help her achieve her goal.

The 17-year-old Kadina High School student at Goonellabah has received a 2010 Defence Technical Scholarship and hopes to attend the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) to study computing.

With an Army career in mind, Jocelyn is a cadet sergeant at the 41st Battalion RNSWR at East Lismore, where she is furthering her studies to hopefully rise to cadet under officer (CUO), making her the top cadet in her unit.

“I've been there for five years and I really love the Army life-style,” she said. “Currently, I'm in charge of about 30 cadets, but as a CUO I'll have around 50.

“Young people come in and even if they're not looking at a career in the Army, their skills and self-confidence are greatly enhanced, holding them in a good place for employment anywhere.

“This scholarship helps me open more doors as I explore what the Army can offer me as a career. For now, I'm studying Advanced English, Advanced Maths, Modern History and Ancient History, as well asdoing a VET course, Information Technology, at TAFE.

Kadina principal Ian Davies said the scholarship was a just reward for someone who was working hard at school, while exploring what was not usually seen as mainstream.

“This supports Jocelyn's determination at the 41st Battalion, while giving her the opportunity to look further into a career in the Defence Force,” he said. “We're all very proud of her. She is a remarkable young lady who works very hard to achieve what she wants.”

Jocelyn's goal is computing, but she said she would wait and see what's on offer before deciding on something definite.

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