Recruit School graduates continue to prosper

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Ben Willee (author), POIS Nina Fogliani (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Cerberus, VIC

Topic(s): Recruit School, Graduation, Rogers Division

Graduating recruits from General Entry 384 Rogers Division, from left, Recruit Electronics Technician Kye Burgess; Recruit Electronics Technician Nahum Pascoe; Recruit Communications and Information Systems Mitchell Parnell; and Recruit Marine Technician Todd Marriott, all attended the same high school, Shalom College in Bundaberg, Qld. (photo: POIS Nina Fogliani)
Graduating recruits from General Entry 384 Rogers Division, from left, Recruit Electronics Technician Kye Burgess; Recruit Electronics Technician Nahum Pascoe; Recruit Communications and Information Systems Mitchell Parnell; and Recruit Marine Technician Todd Marriott, all attended the same high school, Shalom College in Bundaberg, Qld.

Recruit School at HMAS Cerberus graduated a further 109 Sailors in September from General Entry 384 Rogers Division.

The 80 men and 29 women undertook 11 weeks of initial training designed to provide them with the skills that will prepare them for an exciting career in the Royal Australian Navy.

Among the graduates were four friends from Shalom College in Bundaberg, Queensland.

The four sailors applied for entry at the Defence Force Recruiting centre individually, and later discovered they have been placed in the same division.

Rogers Division is named in honour of Chief Petty Officer Jonathan Rogers, who was posthumously awarded the George Cross for his actions on board HMAS Voyager (II) when the ship sank in February 1964.

Commenting on the good luck, Seaman Star Nathan Pascoe said Recruit School was hard work but rewarding.

“Recruit Training has been a life changing event and taught me a lot about myself and what I can achieve when I knuckle down,” Seaman Pascoe said.

“I’ve been very lucky to have my close mates here to help me through, especially during the hard times.”

Commanding Officer of Recruit School, Commander Cindy Jenkins spoke of the adaptability of the Recruits and the training staff during COVID-19 restrictions.

“With a focus on Navy Values of Honour, Honesty, Courage, Integrity and Loyalty, we have worked hard to ensure these sailors continue to receive world class training during COVID-19 restrictions,” Commander Jenkins said.

“It’s unfortunate that family and friends can’t be here today to enjoy and celebrate the achievements that these graduates have made.

“I am very proud of the team who have been able to adapt and deliver all training outcomes in a controlled, safe and socially distanced environment.

“Notwithstanding these restrictions, we have successfully graduated over 800 sailors this year, with another 360 expected to graduate before the end of this year.

“This a significant achievement and builds on the provision of a future workforce for the Royal Australian Navy,” she said.

Seaman Star Mitchell Parnell, also from Shalom College in Bundaberg, said he was surprised at just how challenging the recruit training was.

“I came here thinking it was going to be easy, I was wrong,” Seaman Parnell said.

“Recruit School has taught me a lot about myself and I often feel like a completely changed person.

“With the additional restrictions placed upon us by the pandemic, we often needed to work a bit harder and think more about how we tackle certain problems.

“It’s been really great to have my mates backing me up, and I have really enjoyed meeting new people who are now my Navy brothers and sisters,” he said.

The next step in the Navy journey for the graduating sailors will be career specific category training at either at HMAS Cerberus or another defence establishment in Australia.

For more information on careers in the Royal Australian Navy visit https://navy.defencejobs.gov.au.

Imagery of the General Entry 384 Rogers Division Graduation is available at https://images.defence.gov.au/S20202928.

Members of General Entry 384 Rogers Division stand 'at attention' during their Graduation Parade held at Recruit School, HMAS Cerberus, Victoria.

Members of General Entry 384 Rogers Division stand 'at attention' during their Graduation Parade held at Recruit School, HMAS Cerberus, Victoria.