Tasman Scheme Award Mar 2018

Trans-Tasman experience enriches Reservist’s life 

The opportunity to work alongside his trans-Tasman counterparts has provided Defence Force Reservist Captain Peter Hollyock with a ‘once in a lifetime’ experience.

Second in Charge of Number 2 Combat Support Services Company (2CCS) in Brisbane, CAPT Hollyock recently took part in the Reserve and Youth Division Tasman Scheme.

The Tasman Scheme promotes Reserve service by providing opportunities for Reservists to undertake training with the New Zealand Defence Force, and promotes interoperability between the Australian Defence Force and the New Zealand Defence Force.

CAPT Hollyock said the highlight of his 15-day Tasman Scheme experience was an immersion in the NZDF Command and Staff College (CSC).

“This was the main part of the secondment and an excellent way to meet over 50 of my New Zealand counterparts across all three services,” CAPT Hollyock said.

“My time at the CSC consisted of lectures, briefs, syndicate discussions as well as capability demonstrations at the military bases that we visited.”

CAPT Hollyock’s civilian job is as a Secondary Teacher at Citipointe Christian College in Brisbane.  He said many of the lessons learnt during his time ‘across the ditch’ were directly relevant to his civilian classroom environment.

“As a high school teacher and lifelong learner, I feel encouraged to pursue social, physical, intellectual, psychological and spiritual development opportunities that I can bring back to the classroom,” CAPT Hollyock said.

“I believe that my career at Citipointe Christian College has allowed me to develop both personally and professionally and that my involvement in the Army Reserve has been a major part of that journey.

“As an extension of this, I found the Tasman Scheme has been a very worthwhile experience. It was a wonderful opportunity to see so much of the country and gain insight into the NZDF as an organisation. It also gave me time to personally reflect on the importance of my role as an Australian Army Reservist.”

You can be nominated to train in New Zealand if you:

  • are an Army, Navy or Air Force Reservist (SERCATs 3-5, depending on your service)
  • are ranked Lance Corporal (E) or Corporal (E), or LT (E)
  • have a minimum of three consecutive years of service in the Reserves.

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