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Conrad Brupphacher - Darwin

Australian Army Reserve Private Conrad Brupphacher's passion for his Darwin community is evident in both his civilian and military careers.

Conrad finds his work as a security officer with juveniles and the mentally ill so satisfying he is currently studying for his Certificate in Mental Health, while at the same time, serving in the Army Reserve in the Northern Territory.

"I look after the carers in case a client has an episode but I usually find it's usually just a tantrum," he said.

"You just have to understand them."

His work in the Army Reserve sees him posted to the North-West Mobile Force, better known as NORFORCE, in the Northern Territory.

"We do a lot of community engagement with the indigenous population which is great because it gives them another outlook on life," he said.

"The NORFORCE Indigenous Program is like a bridging school so if they like the Army life they can choose to go full-time and have an Army career as well as finishing school," he said.

"It is a very positive thing for the community because it shows that there are other things to do. If one is successful in joining the Army, others see they too can do this so it's a win-win situation."

NORFORCE and the Pilbara Regiment are both Regional Force Surveillance Units (RFSU) that operate in the remote areas of Northern and Western Australia. Their role is to gain information by observation and to maintain situational awareness, so local knowledge of the area is crucial.

"We work alongside federal agencies to keep an eye out for illegal fishing or people trying to steal fauna or animals and generally just keep a lookout to see if anything illegal is going on."

"Because a lot of indigenous soldiers within NORFORCE live within their communities on the coastlines, if they see illegal activity they know which authorities to contact."

Conrad has been seconded to the Pilbara Regiment for the duration of Exercise Northern Shield in the Exmouth region of Western Australia.

"It is a really good part of being a reservist because we do courses and then you go out on exercise and up skill," he said.

"Exercises are a very important part of following up from doing your courses and training."

"I enjoy working with the guys from the Pilbara Regiment. I find them very professional and easy going."

"I find it very good learning from them because when you come from a different unit in a different environment, you can learn from it," he said.