Volunteering to recognise youth leadership

This article has photo gallery Published on Department of Defence (author), ABIS Steven Thomson (photographer)

Topic(s): Australian Defence Force Long Tan Youth Leadership Awards

Staff and students with Royal Australian Navy Personnel gather for a group photo in front of a 350BA Squirrel Helicopter after the Long Tan Leadership awards presentation held at Fairfield High School, NSW. (photo: ABCSO Steven Thomson)
Staff and students with Royal Australian Navy Personnel gather for a group photo in front of a 350BA Squirrel Helicopter after the Long Tan Leadership awards presentation held at Fairfield High School, NSW.

Navy volunteers are being sought to present the Australian Defence Force Long Tan Youth Leadership and Teamwork Awards in secondary schools across the country.

This year marks 50 years since the Battle of Long Tan but the values exhibited by the personnel who fought there are the same that sustain the Australian Defence Force today. 

About 4,000 awards are due to be presented in 2016 to students from more than 2,000 schools recognising qualities such as leadership, teamwork, reliability, integrity and mateship. 

An opportunity exists for Navy personnel, both permanent and reserve, to participate in these ceremonies as a military presenter, adding a uniform to proceedings. 

The process for registering only takes a few seconds and presenters are provided with guidance as to dress and speech content, as well as a choice of schools in their local area. The process is open to all ranks.

The Long Tan Awards will often be the first time many students have heard directly from a uniformed Australian Defence Force member and for some volunteers it will be an opportunity to make a presentation at their old school. 

For all presenters it will be an opportunity to make Navy proud and Australia proud of our values and the work we do.

Further details and a simple registration process are available at http://www.adflongtanawards.gov.au/volunteer/Default.aspx