Indigenous graduates on board

Published on LEUT John Cole (author)

Location(s): Kapooka

Topic(s): Training, Defence Indigenous Development Program (DIDP), HMAS Cerberus

The Royal Australian Navy has welcomed its first graduating class from the Indigenous Pre-Recruit Program. (photo: Unknown)
The Royal Australian Navy has welcomed its first graduating class from the Indigenous Pre-Recruit Program.

Navy has welcomed its first graduating class from the Indigenous Pre-Recruit Program which prepares Indigenous men and women for Defence careers. 
 
In four programs a year, up to 40 personnel complete the program prior to basic training. Recently four Navy and 10 Army graduates completed the second iteration at the Army's Blamey Barracks (Kapooka).

Recruits complete a six week residential program, providing an introduction to military lifestyle, physical training, cultural appreciation and leadership and character development.

The recruits then begin general training at their chosen service. For Navy, the four recruits have already begun their training at Recruit School at HMAS Cerberus, in Victoria.

Navy's Director Recruiting Management, Commander Sharon Whittaker, said the program was an important pathway to develop Navy capability.

"Navy is proud to welcome these initial recruits, and looks forward to working with Army and Air Force to grow this pathway and respect the contribution of every individual," she said.

"Defence has built, and continues to build, environments that support Indigenous Australians to prepare for and develop during their careers."