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Defence Work Experience Prepares Student for ADF Career

For Canberra College Senior Cameron Moncrieff, taking part in the inaugural Defence Work Experience Program Women in Navy Leadership Camp at HMAS Creswell has paved the way for a career in the ADF.

Ms Moncrieff, 17, said taking part in last year’s four-day camp on the NSW South Coast piqued her interest in the Royal Australian Navy.

“I have always been interested in the Navy, but taking part in the Women in Navy Leadership Camp really sparked my interest in a career as a Maritime Warfare Officer,” she said.

“We attended some extremely helpful and informative sessions such as a meeting with some senior female officers who spoke about leadership and what it meant to them and spent the last day on board HMAS BALLARAT,” she said.

Since taking part in the Women in Navy Leadership camp Ms Moncrieff has continued her association with the RAN with a recent one week stint on board the HMAS PARRAMATTA.

“The week on board HMAS PARRAMATTA was the second work experience I was fortunate enough to attend,” she said.

“We left from Garden Island Naval Base and while at sea I discovered so many things about the Navy that I never would have otherwise known.

“We had a chance to look at all the departments on the ship, but the bridge was by far my favourite place to be and further cemented my decision to become an MWO- we even got to witness a missile launch. Overall the experience has had a huge influence in my choice to join Navy and is one I will never forget.”

In addition to Women in Navy Leadership Camp and time on board HMAS PARRAMATTA, Ms Moncrieff has attended several Women in Defence Q&A Panel Information Sessions in Canberra.

“These sessions have been really useful for giving me an opportunity to ask questions of women who are currently serving in Defence and getting their perspectives,” she said.

“I have also attended the annual ADFA Open Day, which was awesome. There were plenty of activities, helicopters, tanks, trucks and sport going on. It was another fantastic opportunity to talk with the Midshipmen in a relaxed setting as well as some of the Academic Staff.”

The series of ADF experiences has put Ms Moncrieff in good stead to begin the formal ADF recruitment process.

“I discovered so many things that I never would have otherwise known and I can now enter into the recruitment process knowing with more certainty what I want to do,” she said.

“I have a long way to go in the recruiting process yet, but I feel that these activities have provided me with a great insight, an opportunity to get a feel for what I want to do and plenty of opportunity to ask questions.

“I hope that others are offered and partake in the same opportunities I have been fortunate enough to experience. I am excited and nervous about what lies ahead, but feel much more confident and well prepared for having participated in all these incredible activities.”


The inaugural Defence Work Experience Program Women in Navy Leadership Camp took place recently at HMAS Creswell. The Women in Navy Leadership Camp was designed to enable young women to learn about leadership and teamwork as it relates to a career in the Royal Australian Navy.


Ms Moncrieff takes a break on board HMAS PARRAMATTA.

Produced by Defence Public Affairs Office