Standing at just five feet tall, Corowa girl Hanna Reeve wasn't sure she would make it in the Army.
"Being so small, I didn't think I could do it," she said.
"I had a lot of people say 'you're so tiny, you're not going to get through,' but I proved them all wrong.
"I also proved myself wrong; I think that motivates me every day."
Hanna now serves with the Army in Afghanistan as a movements operator at Kabul airport
"I coordinate movement of personnel and cargo in and out of Afghanistan," she said.
"I'm almost like Qantas for the Army; sort of like a travel agent, but we move cargo as well.".
After graduating from Corowa High in 2011, Hanna did a year of farm work around Corowa for a year before signing up in 2013.
"I signed up to have an adventure, travel and do something different," she said.
Most of Hanna's family still live in Corowa, where she tries to get back to at least once a year.
"I love the small country town feel, getting to see my family is a big one; I'm in Brisbane now and it's so different," she said.
Hanna said her family have adjusted to her being away.
"It's my second deployment overseas, so Mum and Dad worry but they know I'm safe and I'm going to be ok.
"I call them all the time just to check up and make sure they know I'm alright; they're pretty proud of me.
Hanna is due home from her six-month deployment in April and said she'd made new mates from Australia and further afield.
"I've met some really awesome people, I'll be friends with forever.
"I've learned heaps and I've worked with the British 'movers' a fair bit, seeing how they do things."
Hanna is deployed to Afghanistan as part of Operation Highroad, Australia's mission that supports the NATO-led train, advise and assist mission called Resolute Support which has replaced the previous NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission.
Around 300 ADF members from the Royal Australian Navy, the Australian Army, the Royal Australian Air Force and Defence civilians are deployed in Afghanistan as part of Operation Highroad.