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Yeppoon teacher puts army career on school curriculum

CAREER PATHS: Vocations Education and Training coordinator at St Ursula’s College Natasha Oldham spent three days touring the Australian Defence Force Academy.
CAREER PATHS: Vocations Education and Training coordinator at St Ursula’s College Natasha Oldham spent three days touring the Australian Defence Force Academy. Chris Ison Rokcdefence

NATASHA Oldham got a taste of what it would be like to be in the defence force.

The Vocations Education and Training co-ordinator at St Ursula's College even faced an obstacle course to give her a glimpse into an army career.

Ms Oldham is bringing her experience back to the girls at the Yeppoon school to inform students that the defence force is a career option when they graduate.

The trip, known as the Indigenous Influencer Tour, saw a group of career advisors and influential school members take a tour of the Australian Defence Force Academy last month.

This included a visit to the Army Recruit Training Centre at Kapooka and a tour of the Defence Force Recruitment Centre.

"The tour focused on the many pathways that students can access to get into the defence force," Ms Oldham said.

Ms Oldham got the chance to see what goes on when you're part of the Australian Defence Force.

"They took us through a typical day of a recruit, the marksmanship training, drills, where they ate, physical training and lectures," Ms Oldham said.

"It looks pretty full on the basic training; they train from 6am-10pm."

"I even participated in the above water obstacle course; we had to wear heavy overalls, swim a length of the pool and climb hanging ropes and go through tunnels," Ms Oldham said.

"I said I'd give it a go... and I finished half of it."

Ms Oldham said the tour was an eye opener of how hard the defence force works, but also that their campus was structured to be a very nurturing and supportive environment.

"We have girls (at St Ursula's) that are interested and a lot of them are boarding students, so when they're here with us it's good to get them started on a career path," Ms Oldham said.

"I think it's very much a personal choice because when you decide to serve in defence force and are serving your country."

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