Service for the nation has a long tradition in Joshua Mets’s family from Kingston, Hobart, Tasmania. His father had served in the Swedish Army as an engineer before moving to Australia and his sister is a local police woman in Hobart.
The Calvin Christian School graduate said he had fond childhood memories role playing as a police officer pretending to arrest people.
"I couldn’t wait to join the Army and I enlisted in 2009", he said.
"When the opportunity came up to become a Military Police Investigator, I jumped at it."
25-year-old Corporal Mets is serving in the Australian Army as a Military Police Investigator, posted to the Australian Defence Force Investigative Service (ADFIS), in East Fremantle, Perth.
ADFIS is a tri-Service organisation responsible for all sensitive, complex and major investigations involving the Australian Defence Force.
Joshua is currently deployed to East Timor on Exercise Pacific Partnership 2014, which is his first international deployment.
Pacific Partnership began as a military-led humanitarian response to the devastation wrought by the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami that swept through parts of Southeast Asia.
Since 2006, Pacific Partnership has focused its mission on providing humanitarian and civic action programs that strive to improve critical infrastructure, and support host nation programs that provide health, education, and common services to local populations.
The aim of Pacific Partnership is to establish opportunities for multinational crisis response capabilities to support humanitarian assistance and civic actions. It has become an important, cooperative program that provides the Australian Defence Force with the opportunity to work with partner nation militaries, host nation civilian agencies and non-government organisations to enhance our collective ability to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.
Joshua said that to go on deployment overseas and in a role that you have trained for so long is something very special.
"I really enjoy my job and applying my skills on Pacific Partnership has its challenges and rewards of its own. Doing this job and working with other partner defence forces has been a really good experience", he said.
"This is my first deployment overseas and right from the start it has been a steep learning curve for me."
Joshua said that he already has gained a little bit of knowledge and experience that will help him in his future career within Military Police.
Corporal Mets is looking after engineers from 21 Construction Squadron, 6 Engineering Support Regiment.