Careers on show in Tasmania

Published on Department of Defence (author), CPL Shannon McCarthy (photographer)

Location(s): Hobart, TAS

Topic(s): Australian Naval Reserve Diving Team TEN, Defence Force Recruiting, Australian Defence Force Careers Expo, Australia's Federation Guard

Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, AC, meets Navy personnel manning the Naval Aviation Prospects Scheme simulator at the ADF Careers Expo 2015, Tasmania. From left; Midshipman (MIDN) Alex Neville, MIDN Sophie Wheen, ACM Binskin, AM, MIDN Roman Sinardet and MIDN Charles Gordon. (photo: CPL Shannon McCarthy)
Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, AC, meets Navy personnel manning the Naval Aviation Prospects Scheme simulator at the ADF Careers Expo 2015, Tasmania. From left; Midshipman (MIDN) Alex Neville, MIDN Sophie Wheen, ACM Binskin, AM, MIDN Roman Sinardet and MIDN Charles Gordon.

The Australian Defence Force Careers Expo - Tasmania was held in Hobart from 18-19 September.

The expo provided an opportunity for students and people interested in military careers to speak to personnel and learn about the hundreds of exciting and rewarding pathways into the Australian Defence Force.

More than 70 Australian Defence Force members from around Australia descended on Hobart to take part in the expo, which attracted more than 3,700 visitors including more than 500 students from 15 schools around Tasmania.

Deputy Director Military Recruitment Lieutenant Colonel Todd Everett opened the event and said Tasmanians turned out in force to support the expo.

“It was a great opportunity for Tasmanians to speak with personnel, and see some of the equipment in their Defence Force,” he said.

“It made me very proud to see how our people interacted with the public and they all represented the Australian Defence Force to the highest standards.

“The displays of equipment and demonstrations gave the people of Tasmania a rare chance to see and speak to their Australian Defence Force.”

A Royal Australian Navy dive team prepare for a demonstration at the ADF Careers Expo 2015, Tasmania.

A Royal Australian Navy dive team prepare for a demonstration at the ADF Careers Expo 2015, Tasmania.

Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Sumbariner Olivia Brown, of Defence Force Recruiting - Victoria, said the expo was a success.

“It was a great tri-service effort, not only from the Tasmanian crew but from personnel around Australia,” she said.

“Community response was fantastic and it provided great exposure for the Australian Defence Force to promote all careers in the military, but especially critical roles across all three services.”

The two-day event featured demonstrations from the Navy dive teams and Australia’s Federation Guard precision drill team, as well as physical fitness assessments.

Participants learned more about capability with the Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicle, Australian Light Armoured Vehicle, Navy flight simulator and G-Wagon vehicle on display.

Crowds were also entertained by performances from the Navy Cadet Band, Army Rising Suns and the Air Force Band.

A formation of Hawk 127 Lead-in-Fighters from No. 79 Squadron at RAAF Base Pearce conducted a flypast and the end of the expo was marked by an Air Force Roulettes aerial display over Salamanca Waterfront.

Imagery is available on the Australian Defence Image Library at http://images.defence.gov.au/S20152653.