The idea of life in the Army sounded exciting to Mundubbera's Warren Taylor in his last year of school.
"Someone came around recruiting just before I left year 12 and made it sound really cool so I joined the Army," he said
"My father wasn't real impressed to start with but he said 'never get out, it's a good life and you get looked after'."
Warren joined as a fitter armourer in 1994 and has stayed in the Army ever since, deploying overseas to places like Iraq, Afghanistan and East Timor.
He's now on his fifth deployment, this time to Australia's main base in the Middle East.
"I look after everyone's weapons going in and out of Iraq and Afghanistan," Warren said.
"I do annual inspections and any repairs that are required."
He services pistols, rifles, machineguns and sniper rifles held in the armoury.
"They get dirty and sandy but as long as you don't put too much oil on them, they work fine," he said.
It's a different job to what Warren normally does in his posting back in Townsville where he maintains the Army's landing craft.
"I don't get to fix the weapons very often, since I'm usually on a boat, so it's good to get back in my base trade," he said.
Warren's father Lance still runs about 800 head of cattle on the family's property about 20km outside Mundubbera.
"I try to get home at Christmas each year to help with mustering and branding on the farm," he said.
"It great to get away from city life and back to country roots; riding horses and motorbikes, it's really good."
Warren is deployed to the Middle East as part of Operation Accordion, the Australian Defence Force's (ADF's) mission support the sustainment of ADF operations, enable contingency planning and enhance regional relationships in the Middle East Region (MER).
From Australia's main logistics base in the MER, around 400 ADF personnel provide support to Australian operations throughout the region, including Operations Okra, Highroad and Manitou.