The Great Navy Shave

Published on LSCSO Andrew McKail (author), Unknown (photographer)

Location(s): Army School of Health, Latchford Barracks, Vic

Topic(s): Charities, Fundraising & Community, Beyond Blue, The Great Navy Shave

Lieutenant Robert Stain braves the razor as his beard is shaved off by Seaman Medic Jasmin Edgar. (photo: Unknown)
Lieutenant Robert Stain braves the razor as his beard is shaved off by Seaman Medic Jasmin Edgar.

Navy people attending the Army School of Health in Latchford Barracks, Victoria have braved the razor as part of The Great Navy Shave.

The event is a Navy initiative in the tri-service environment of Latchford Barracks to support a nationally recognised charity and provide a fun event for personnel at the Army School of Health. More than $5,000 was raised for Beyond Blue, which focuses on supportive networks and services to aid people suffering from anxiety, depression and mental health issues. 

Seaman Medic Rebecca Middleton raised more than $2,000 after shaving her entire head for the cause. 

“It’s a great feeling to be able to support a charity big or small,” she said.

“Supporting mental health is a great initiative.

“It’s also been a good change to not have hair, I’ve become more aerodynamic in my run, knocking 2 minutes off my time,” Seaman Middleton said.

A total of six Navy and one Army member braved the clippers for their hair while five Navy members shaved their beards.

The Army School of Health is a tri-service facility run by Army. The school conducts a variety of health corp courses attended by Navy Medics under training including the fundamental Australian Defence Force Medic Course. Trainees undergo 18 months of intense, fast-paced learning to become competent Medics and enhance the future capability of the ADF. 

For more details on Beyond Blue and their services, go to www.beyondblue.org.au