Reservists awarded with funding to support continued professional development

1 December 2023

The Prince of Wales Award scheme is celebrating 40 years of supporting Australian Defence Force (ADF) reservists and their civilian employers.

Seventeen reservists have been announced as the recipients of the 2024 award, with each receiving up to $10,000 in professional development funding.

Major General Douglas Laidlaw, Head of Joint Support Services Division, acknowledged the significant number of reservists across Australia who are well supported by their civilian employers.

“The support from civilian employers enables our ADF Reserves to continue to deliver capability to protect Australia and its national interests,” MAJGEN Laidlaw said.

“This award scheme is one way Defence invests in not only reservists, but also in the relationship between reservists, Defence and civilian employers.

“Since the commencement of the awards in 1984, the scheme has seen over 350 successful recipients rewarded with the opportunity to conduct further development and training.

“The ADF brings together a diverse group of people with unique and transferable skill sets.

“I congratulate the recipients across all three services who will have the opportunity to develop new skills and undertake additional training to the benefit of their civilian employers and Defence.”

The 2024 Prince of Wales Award recipients are:

  • Leading Seaman Caleb Wilson, Navy
  • Major Aaron Thomas, Army
  • Major Adrian Walsh, Army
  • Captain Aaron Jackson, Army
  • Captain S, Army
  • Lieutenant Jacqueline Martin, Army
  • Lieutenant Lachlan Finch, Army
  • Warrant Officer Class 2 Jeremy Hill, Army
  • Sergeant Aaron Bachmann, Army
  • Sergeant Kate Chisholm, Army
  • Sergeant Pamela Dillon, Army
  • Sergeant Stephen Eppingstall, Army
  • Sergeant Christopher Lunt, Army
  • Sergeant B, Army
  • Corporal Scott McCarthy, Army
  • Flight Lieutenant Nicholas O’Connor, Air Force
  • Flight Lieutenant Kim Roberts, Air Force

More information on Defence’s support to ADF reservists and their civilian employers is available at Home - ADF Reserves and Employer Support (

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