Our People in VICDomenic Muleta - Desire to help others
A desire to serve his country and the inspiration of his step father are the reasons that Cranbourne’s Domenic Muleta has been putting his body and mind through an intensive training program to become a soldier in the Australian Army.
Domenic has just completed recruit training at the Army Recruit Training Centre at Kapooka, near Wagga Wagga in NSW.
“My stepdad is in the Australian Defence Force and he’s inspired me to follow the same career. Plus I see it as a really good way to help out others in trouble and serve my country,” Domenic explained.
All soldiers below the rank of officer do their basic training at Kapooka. It’s an intense eleven-week course including weapon skills, first aid, patrolling and platoon level tactics.
The day starts with a bang at 6.00am and ends at 10.00pm, and the time between is jammed full of activity.
The recruits have 15 minutes to wash, dress and make their beds then, after breakfast,
they could have PT, weapons training, pack-marches, and a lot of lectures ranging from Army Law to radios and night vision goggles.
While Domenic had to adjust his body clock for the early starts – something a lot of his fellow recruits have had to do – the physical aspects of his training have not been too arduous.
“I do break-dancing, martial arts and weight training so I’ve felt pretty good during the PT sessions,” he said.
As he is soon to complete the training, Domenic is now considering his options and lists being a physical fitness instructor or a military police amongst his aims.