FORGING CAREERS: Australian Defence Force recruits from Woodenbong Central School, from left, Hannah Geyer and Peter Rex, and right, Elaina Elder-Robinson, from St Mary's High School.
FORGING CAREERS: Australian Defence Force recruits from Woodenbong Central School, from left, Hannah Geyer and Peter Rex, and right, Elaina Elder-Robinson, from St Mary's High School.

New recruits fly high in the RAAF for gap year.

IN 2014, a rigorous Australian Defence Force selection process saw Higher School Certificate graduates from across Australia choose an Australian Defence Force Gap Year Pathway.

Of the 4000 plus applicants, 260 were chosen to participate in the GAP Year programme, including Peter Rex and Hannah Geyer from Woodenbong Central School and Elaina Elder-Robinson from St Mary's High School in Casino.

Peter, Hannah and Elaina joined 60 of those recruits who were allocated to the RAAF, for airbase security roles.

Of the 60 initial RAAF recruits, 54 completed 12 weeks of basic training at Wagga Wagga and then moved to RAAF Base Amberley where they then joined the Fire and Safety School for a further 12-week period of training.

On completion, they were deployed to a choice of five airbases across Australia. Peter and Elaina remained at RAAF Base Amberley and Hannah was deployed to RAAF Base Townsville.

The GAP year is structured in such a way that participants can either apply to join the ADF on a permanent basis, or as Reserves, once the 12-month programme is completed.

Peter and Hannah have applied successfully to re-join.

They will be re-mustered into the RAAF's Military Working Dogs Unit at Amberley, and on completion, they will be deployed to a base.

Elaina has opted to further her studies and will attend the University Of Queensland this year to study nutrition. She will maintain her connection with the RAAF, as an active reserve.



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