It seems the six-week Indigenous Pre-Recruitment Course at HMAS Cerberus is more than a great place for young Indigenous Australians to grow confidence about future Defence careers. The course also appears to be a great place to grow moustaches.
Held between 12 October and 20 November, the course is designed to prepare young Indigenous Australians for future careers in Navy, Army, Air Force or Defence Australian Public Service.
While the 33 participants worked hard to acclimatise to military-style living and training, many also took the opportunity to participate in Movember, raising $420 for the charity.
The Movember Foundation is a leading global organisation committed to changing the face of men's health. The Movember movement began as 30 'Mo Bros' in 2003 and now boasts over five million 'Mo Bros' and 'Mo Sistas' pulling together to raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostrate cancer, testicular cancer and male mental health.
Within the group of trainees, the moustache-growing festival became a competitive event, with female participants on the course called upon to judge 'Best Mo' prior to graduation on 19 November. With a series of handicaps and bonuses applied by the judging panel, the final result was close, with participant Henry Burns winning - by a whisker.
"Movember is a fantastic cause and having had cancer touch our family, I was happy to be a part of fundraising and raising awareness," Mr Burns said.
Runner-up, and a popular choice for those who fondly remember the Magnum PI television show, was RAAF Sergeant Ben Vickery, who has acted as Platoon Leader on three previous Indigenous Pre-Recruitment Courses.