ACU staff attend Defence Reserves Employer Challenge Day

Published: Monday 19th September 2016

Staff members from the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students, Learning and Teaching) spent a day with Australian Defence Force Reservists at Holsworthy Barracks, learning about military life and the workplace benefits of employing Reservists.

The origins of the Australian Army Reserve dates back to Settlement era in the early 19th century where local military forces in NSW were established to supplement the British troop contingents. Today, the Australia Army Reserve currently has over 17,000 personnel who play an important role in the defence of Australia, most notably taking part in recent military and peacekeeping operations in East Timor, the Solomon Islands and the Middle East.

The Defence Reserves Employer Challenge Day provided an opportunity for Kate Glassop, Manager, National Programs (Health, Sport and Wellbeing) and Monica Bordignon, Executive Assistant to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students, Learning and Teaching), accompanied by Professor Kevin Ashford- Rowe who currently serves as a Lieutenant Colonel, to observe and experience the personal, technical and professional skills of those in the Army Reserve.

The day was incredibly insightful and thoroughly enjoyable with the opportunity to take part in hands-on activities, including an introduction to weapons handling, military communication skills and decision making exercises, experiencing the state-of-the-art Weapon Training Simulation System and combat First Aid.

Most intriguingly, the day provided a chance to learn about the opportunity to balance two careers. For many Army Reserve personnel, their full time occupation can differ greatly to their role in the Reserve and allow for growth in skills and knowledge which can be applied to civilian life.

Army Reserve personnel led most of the activities at Holsworthy Barracks, which remains a major base for the Australian Army in New South Wales.

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