The CQ brothers inspiring our indigenous youth
REGINALD and Elijah Mimi have five big reasons to succeed in the Australian Defence Force.
Their brothers and sisters.
The pair, aged 22 and 20 respectively, have been accepted in the ADF and will be enlisted on Tuesday.
Seeking to become cargo specialists, the Rockhampton duo have more than just their own ambitions pushing them to succeed.
"Being considered as a role model for my little brothers and sisters, and the definitely for all the indigenous kids in the central region, that is so important to us” Reg said.
"(Our friends and family) are excited for us and support us in any way. They couldn't believe that we had actually made it.
"We are so glad that we can be role models.
"Our four sisters and three brothers can't wait to actually go the right path, as we have, as well.”
Reg and Eli were both working normal jobs when they decided they wanted something more.
And defence was in their blood.
The brothers' great uncle Harry Mimi, who passed away last year and was a prominent character around Central Queensland, was a Vietnam veteran and regularly spoke about the realities of the conflict.
"We are glad to keep going in his footsteps,” Reg said.
"I had been working and I thought, this has to stop, I want a career that I enjoy and actually want to stay in.
"I am excited to be travelling around the world... I want go everywhere.
"I was basically doing nothing and then my aunty said, do you want to do anything? So I thought, I might as well,” Eli added.
When the two learned they were successful in their application to the ADF, they were speechless.
"I was a bit excited and a bit overwhelmed, there were all sorts of feelings I was feeling at the time,” Reg said.
Both men attended the Rockhampton State High School, and their friends are pretty stoked to see them succeed.
"They are just as overwhelmed as we are,” Eli said.
Reg said any indigenous children in the central region should give it a go, and take part in the Indigenous Pre-Recruitment Course IPRC to get a taste of the Australian Defence Force.