Indigenous recruits sail in

This article has photo gallery Published on LCDR Wayne Langworthy (author), LSIS Nina Fogliani (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Cerberus

Topic(s): HMAS Cerberus

Indigenous Pre-recruitment Course perform their cultural dance and song where participants share their culture with guests, during their graduation parade at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria. (photo: LSIS Nina Fogliani)
Indigenous Pre-recruitment Course perform their cultural dance and song where participants share their culture with guests, during their graduation parade at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria.

The Australian Navy has continued efforts to provide clear career pathways for Indigenous Australians, through participation in the fifth Defence Indigenous Pre-Recruiting Program.

The program, held at RAAF Base Wagga, involved Navy Recruits Ashlee Johnston, Calvin Waia and Tyler Stables sailing through all the challenges.

Warrant Officer Aviation Technician Aircraft Shane Rossetto, from the RAAF School of Technical Training, was on hand to explain Navy traditions, customs, and employment categories to not only the three Navy recruits, but all course members.

“It has been a great experience for the trainees and professionally satisfying for me to watch the Recruits develop,” he said.

“The transition to military life requires some adjustment, but the course members have risen to every challenge.”

Recruit Stables from Cairns, said he found the experience challenging and valuable

“I liked the discipline and teamwork, and it has given me confidence to be a leader among the recruits.”

He said he also felt the program gave him a deeper insight into the history of indigenous culture and how “we’re moving forward in today’s society.”

He said as a result of the experience, he would recommend a career in the Australian Defence Force to his family and friends.

“Definitely, it would give them experience and job skills,” he said.

“Even if they don’t have a long term desire to stay in the ADF, the discipline they would gain is a valuable life skill.”

Previous programs have been held at HMAS Cerberus.

The course is designed to introduce indigenous youth to life in the Australian Defence Force. The course runs for six weeks and focuses on six key areas: language, literacy and numeracy; military skills including weapon training; physical fitness; vocational education and training; leadership and character development; and cultural appreciation.

There is no obligation to join the Australian Defence Force on completion, but many participants embark on military careers.