Gap year recruits take out awards at recruit course

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Location(s): HMAS Cerberus, VIC

Topic(s): Recruit School, HMAS Cerberus, Navy Gap Year

Recruit Emma O'Mealley receiving the Recruit of the Intake from Commodore Luke Charles-Jones (photo: Unknown)
Recruit Emma O'Mealley receiving the Recruit of the Intake from Commodore Luke Charles-Jones

The most recent graduation of General Service Duties Recruit Course held at Recruit School at HMAS Cerberusincluded 23 members from the second intake of the Australian Defence Force Gap Year - Navy program.

The Gap Year program is designed to provide 18-24 year olds a 12 month training and employment package that will enable participants to gain as wide an understanding of what the Navy does and how it operates as possible.

Out of the six awards presented for outstanding performance on course, three were awarded to members in the Gap Year program. These were:

  • Recruit Ethan Hughes for academic excellence achieving a final score of 98.64%

  • Recruit Emma O'Mealley for the Recruit of the Intake (most outstanding Recruit)

  • Recruit Ashleigh Bird was awarded the Warrant Officer of the Navy Excellence award.

Recruit Bird consistently upheld Navy Values and Signature Behaviours and showed strong leadership qualities within her class and division.

Lieutenant Commander Peter Hudson, Officer-in-Charge Gap Year Navy said members of the second Navy Gap Year Intake will now proceed to Seamanship School for three weeks prior to touring a number of establishments to get a wider appreciation of specific areas of training and operations.

“They will be employed across Australia and undertake a six week sea phase in amphibious ship, HMAS Adelaide.

“Applications for the 2017 program are currently open with details on the Defence Force Recruiting website,” said Lieutenant Commander Hudson.

Further information on the ADF Gap Year can be found at: