Leading a natural fit for new officer

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Simone Reid (author), LSIS Sarah Williams (photographer)

Location(s): Jervis Bay, ACT

Topic(s): Australian Defence Force Long Tan Youth Leadership Awards

Midshipman Beau Taylor, Getting Division, New Entry Officer Cadet 54, HMAS Creswell.  (photo: LSIS Sarah Williams)
Midshipman Beau Taylor, Getting Division, New Entry Officer Cadet 54, HMAS Creswell.

Graduating from the Royal Australian Naval College with 104 peers was the culmination of a childhood dream for Midshipman Beau Taylor.  
The Shellharbour local wanted to join the Navy since he was 10 years old and, so far, it has been more than he hoped.
“The New Entry Officers’ Course has given me experiences incomparable with anything I could do outside the Navy,” said Midshipman Taylor, who joined as a Maritime Warfare Officer. 
“One of the most rewarding aspects of the course was developing a strong sense of mateship with those I graduated with.” 
Midshipman Taylor is a natural leader. 
In 2015, while School Captain at Warilla High School, he received the Australian Defence Force Academy Education Award and the Defence Force Long Tan Leadership Award, which recognise leadership potential.  
On course this year, he was selected Division Regulator, working as an intermediary between a group of his peers and college staff.  
Midshipman Taylor said his motto is simple, lead by example. 
“Learning to develop leadership skills was a large part of why I joined the Navy,” he said. 
“I wanted to learn to be the best leader I could be and I wanted to learn from the best in the business.”
Midshipman Taylor arrived at the college in February this year to begin the 20-week course, which is designed to teach the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to be an effective junior naval officer.
The course is held biannually and is an intense period of practical and theoretical instruction. 
Subjects include drill and ceremonial, physical training, officer development, oral and written communications, management and leadership, officer of the day duties, Defence studies, character guidance, first aid, small arms training and adventure training.
Graduating officers continue on to specialist training either in the Fleet or at the Australian Defence Force Academy as warfare officers, engineers, dentists, logisticians, chaplains and lawyers.
Midshipman Taylor will begin his Maritime Warfare Officer training at HMAS Watson in Sydney before attending the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra to study a Bachelor of Business.
Chief of Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, and Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, along with many family and friends attended the graduation parade on 16 June.