THE FRONTLINE OF AUSTRALIA'S DEFENCE
State of the art hardware, awesome firepower and life changing experiences. This is an adventure most people can only dream of.
Since joining the infantry Tavis has deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan within just a few years. Growing up he played just about every sport there is and in the Army it's no different. See his story
Physically exciting and mentally challenging
There are few jobs out there as physically or mentally demanding as being a combat soldier or officer in the Australian Army. You’ll be at the peak of your physical ability, able to think fast on your feet and make clear decisions under extreme pressure. You’ll be technologically minded too – capable of mastering sophisticated weapons systems and surveillance platforms. This is a career that will test your limits. But the rewards are unlike any other.
Teamwork is at the very core of what it’s about to be a combat soldier or officer in the Army. It’s what keeps people focused under difficult circumstances and ensures that operations are successful. In combat, you depend on the men and women standing next to you, just as they depend on you. That’s why the bonds you form as a combat soldier or officer in the Australian Army are bonds you form for life.
Delivery of Shadow 200
The Minister for Defence Stephen Smith and Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare announced that a second Shadow 200 TUAS will be delivered for use by Australian troops preparing to deploy to Afghanistan ahead of schedule.
Working for a secure Uruzgan
The last week of January saw Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers and their Australian mentors remove significant quantities of explosives, ordnance and weapons from insurgents located within the Baluchi Valley area of Uruzgan Province. This included an insurgent bomb-making facility, discovered on 25 January and containing more than 400kg of explosives...
On patrol in Afghanistan
As day breaks soldiers from the Mentoring Task Force Two (MTF2) assigned to Combat Out Post Mashal prepare for a patrol through the Chora Valley in Afghanistan. These soldiers from 5th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment in Darwin are feeling the onset of winter on this morning at minus four degrees. Private Pat Wilson from MTF2 said one of the hardest things...
Birds have big impact
The modern battlefield seems to rely on better armour and bigger weapons, but a small group of Australian soldiers at Multinational Base Tarin Kowt is making a big impact without bullets or bombs. Gunner Joe Hennessey, 20 Surveillance Targeting and Acquisition Regt, loves flying and has followed his passion for model helicopters into a career as an air vehicle operator...
Wayne Gordon - Artillery
Berrimah's Wayne Gordon has spent the past 12 months in Afghanistan, providing big-gun back up for British troops in Helmand province. Wayne, 22, joined the Army six years ago and trained as a gunner with 1st Field Regiment based in Brisbane. Early in 2010 he was picked for a group of Australian gunners to deploy to Afghanistan with the British 7th Parachute Regiment.
Sosefo Puliuvea - Army Reservist
In a normal week Shortland's Sosefo Puliuvea — 'Puli' to his mates — is a supervisor with Newcastle Buses and Ferries. But soon he'll be doing supervising of a different kind. He'll be the second in command of 40 combat infantrymen. After two months jungle training at Canungra, the Reserve Army sergeant will be heading for East Timor and won't see his partner Jane Schrape...