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Gap year recruits at Cerberus visited by Minister for Defence Science and Personnel.



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THE HON. WARREN SNOWDON MP Minister for Defence Science and Personnel

www.defence.gov.au

Friday, 8 February 2008 06/2008

GAP YEAR RECRUITS AT CERBERUS VISITED BY MINISTER FOR DEFENCE SCIENCE AND PERSONNEL

The Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, the Hon. Warren Snowdon, MP, today visited the first 15 Gap Year recruits attending the Navy’s Recruit School at HMAS CERBERUS, Victoria.

The Minister is taking a great interest in the Gap Year program and wanted to personally welcome the participants to the Australian Defence Force.

Minister Snowdon said that meeting with the Gap Year recruits three weeks into their training gave him the opportunity to find out first hand their motivations for participating in the program, what they expected to get from it, and their experiences to date.

“The Gap Year program is an incredible opportunity for young Australians to experience life in the ADF, and I hope to be able to speak with these recruits several times over the 12 months to track their progress, and to get their insights into both the ADF and Gap Year.”

“These recruits are fully integrated into the regular recruit training system for 11 weeks, which will be followed by an appropriate posting ashore or to sea to ensure they are provided with a true and accurate understanding of what it takes to be a sailor in today’s Navy.”

“It is anticipated that some Gap Year participants will go on to serve in the ADF, and I am very encouraged to see that more than half of the successful Navy applicants are women” said Minister Snowdon.

This year 100 Gap Year recruits will undertake RAN recruit training. The initial group of recruits at HMAS CERBERUS joined the first intake of the year on 14 January 2008 and come from all over Australia: Grafton, NSW; Ashmore, Bundaberg, Carrara, Kirwan, Narangba and Southport in Queensland; Oakden and Para Hills West in SA; Traralgon and Dereel in Victoria, and; Cottesloe, Kingsley, Mundaring and Yangebup in WA.

The 2008 ADF Gap Year is now full and applications for 2009 will open on 1 May 2008.

Media note: Still imagery will be available from: http://www.defence.gov.au/media/download/ following the event.

Media contacts: Kate Sieper (Warren Snowdon): 02 6277 7209 or 0488 484 689 Defence Media Liaison: 02 6265 3343 or 0408 498 664