EXERCISE FIRST LOOK 2019 joins forces with Defence Work Experience Program

Exercise First Look commenced in 2016 and is now the Army’s flagship annual Indigenous work experience activity. The program offers an opportunity for Indigenous students to gain exposure to both Officer and Soldier training and employment.

The program closely aligns to the Defence White Paper 2016 and the strategic objectives of the Defence Work Experience Program.

During 2019 particular focus is being placed on increasing opportunities for students from diverse backgrounds, including female and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

The primary objective of Exercise First Look 2019 is to provide a means through which Indigenous youth gain a greater understanding of the career opportunities within the Australian Defence Force (ADF), including officer training at Royal Military College – Duntroon (RMC) and Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) and soldier training offered at Advanced Leaders Course (ALC) and Army Recruit Training Centre – Kapooka (ARTC). 

Additionally, this year, a specific Defence Work Experience Program activity was held in conjunction with Exercise First Look. These two significant events were run jointly from 6 to 10 May and included two groups of indigenous student participants.

The first group comprised 11 (10 males and 1 female) students from Year 11 and 12 who have identified potential to meet the Officer education requirements at Royal Military College – Duntroon (RMC), and another program at Army Logistics Training Centre (ALTC) was held with 16 Indigenous male participants. 

The Defence Work Experience Program has been operating for nine years and is designed to contribute to the development of young people while demonstrating the wide variety of interesting careers available within the Army.

The program included RMC Obstacle Course, Night Fighting Facilities, ADFA Leadership Reaction Course - Caving, RMC Leadership Reaction Couse at Majura Range, Pre-Fitness assessment, Physical Training most mornings, Introduction to Drill, Weapons Demonstration and a Tour of ADFA plus recruitment overview from DFR.

Participants of the Defence Work Experience Program navigate their way through an
obstacle course at Royal Military College - Duntroon, Australian Capital Territory.

Imagery available at:  Defence Image Gallery

Photo attributed to: CPL Jessica de Rouw

Produced by: RYD Communications



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