Flight Camp offers a taste of Air Force life
14 May 2015
Young women have again been given a chance to experience Air Force life with the second Flight Camp for 2015 being held at RAAF Base Amberley this week.
Students from across Australia were today welcomed by the Senior Australian Defence Force Officer (SADFO) at RAAF Base Amberley, Air Commodore Scott Winchester, to experience the exciting aviation and technical trade careers available within the Air Force.
“The camps are held over four days and allow these young women to explore aviation roles through targeted experiential program,” AIRCDRE Winchester said.
“Hosting these young women and learning how motivated they are to succeed, makes me confident in the next generation of youth.”
Whilst being exposed to military aviation operations, the participants also experience the day to day routine of an Air Force base and have several opportunities to engage with current Air Force members and Defence Force Recruiting specialists to discuss possible careers within the military.
Deputy Director for Air Force Gender Programs, Wing Commander Llani Kennealy said the Flight Camp program was open to young women aged between 16 and 18 years, providing them with an insight of what life in the Air Force was really like.
“Although aircrew, technical trades and engineering are the largest employment groups in Air Force, they hold the lowest overall representation from women,” WGCDR Kennealy said.
“I am hopeful that the opportunities they receive at the Flight Camp, including flying in Air Force aircraft and simulators, leadership activities and physical training inspires them to consider a career in Air Force.”
Participants for the camp are from Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia and the Australian Capital Territory. The Flight Camp is part of the Air Force Work Experience Program, further information can be found at: http://www.defence.gov.au/WorkExperience/Default.asp
Images from the RAAF Base Amberley Flight Camp will be made available at: http://images.defence.gov.au/S20151266
FLGOFF Kellee Rollston 0477 377 517
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