L-R Lena Bradbury and Mohammad Tahmid Selim, two participants of the Defence Work Experience Program activity hosted by Royal Military College - Duntroon (RMC)
By Nicole Jeffers
Two Sutherland Shire teenagers were among 30 students from across Australia to experience military life in the Australian Defence Forces at the Royal Military College (RMC) Duntroon in Canberra.
16-year-olds Lena Bradbury from De La Salle Catholic College, Cronulla and Mohammad Tahmid Selim from Port Hacking High School, Miranda spent a week at the Royal Military College Duntroon as part of the Defence Work Experience Program.
The students were issued with camouflage gear and toured RMC before getting stuck into a variety of activities including physical fitness training, bush survival and field craft lessons, running obstacle courses and how to handle a weapon in the Weapon Training Simulation System.
This is the second time that Lena has been chosen to attend a RMC work experience activity.
“I attended the 2015 RMC program and that strengthened my desire to pursue a military officer career,” she said.
“At this stage my goal is to become either a Military Police Officer or an Infantry Officer; however I would like to understand more about the different jobs that are available so that I can make an informed decision after finishing school.”
Mohammad is hoping to follow in his father, a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army’s footsteps. “On completion of my studies, I plan to attend the Australian Defence Force Academy to become an Australian Regular Army Officer. I’d like to join the Royal Australian Infantry Corps,” Mohammad said.
“I have been in a military environment all of my life, following father’s postings. I have been inspired by my father to join the Army as an Infantry Officer. It will be a great honour to become an Army Officer in the near future and I am excited to participate in this work experience program. It will help me as I make decisions about my future.”
The Defence Work Experience Program provides opportunities to Australian students to experience the variety of exciting careers that are available in Defence. Applications for the next Royal Military College Work Experience Program 4-7 October are now open.