Australian Defence Force visit for Launceston schools

If you saw a Navy helicopter flying low over Launceston on Wednesday, or an armoured vehicle driving on Penquite Road, you witnessed the stars of a high school careers expo.

Australian Defence Force personnel visited Launceston Schools in style throughout the day as they spoke to students about job options in the military. For Lieutenant Ben Flood it was a chance to visit Launceston, which washis old stomping ground and he attended Launceston Church Grammar. He said it was always nice to share his story with others who may be considering a similar path.

“These visits are not so much about recruitment, as they are about showing the students what we do,” he said.

These visits are not so much about recruitment, as they are about showing the students what we do - Lt. Ben Flood

“The kids get to see how helicopters work and I get to talk about my background and how I got to where I am.” 

The aircraft drew a crowd at Scotch Oakburn College, as it made a smooth landing on the school oval. Deputy Principal Kate Croft said it was a unique opportunity for the students.

“They get some real hands on experience from this, as well as knowledge about the different types of careers available.”

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