Midshipman Matthew Vose from HMAS Albatross was back on very familiar territory when he revisited his old school, the Anglican Church Grammar School in Brisbane recently.
‘Churchie’, as the school is better known, has a compulsory cadet service for Year 9 students and Matthew was visiting to talk to these cadets, and other groups from the area, about his career path to and in the Royal Australian Navy.
“There were a lot of questions about the enlistment process and training and they were keen to know about life at sea and hear about my experiences,” MIDN Vose said.
“I really enjoyed my time at Churchie and one thing I was able to pass on to the cadets was how my cadet experience had provided me with the self-discipline, persistence and resilience that has proved invaluable throughout my military training.
“From Churchie, I studied Commerce at the University of Queensland and Aviation at Griffith University, before being accepted as a Pilot in the Australian Defence Force,” MIDN Vose said.
He said he hoped his visit had encouraged the cadets to consider a similar career choice.
“There were quite a few Air Force cadets there,” MIDN Vose said, “and they were very curious about navy aircraft, so hopefully a few of them are now considering the life of a Navy pilot.”
“I really enjoyed the experience of talking to all the cadets, and was impressed by their level of engagement and their enthusiasm.”
Asked what he would consider the best advice he could pass on to the cadets, MIDN Vose said “I would advise them to make the most of their training and most importantly, to also have fun.”