It's not often someone can say an email has dramatically altered the path they were on, but that was just the case for Major Stephen Loftus.

Career Management – Army contacted Major Loftus for details about his experience, so he sent through his civilian resume. 

“I received an email asking if I was interested in my current position as second in charge of 6 Engineer Support Regiment,” Major Loftus said.

“I wrote it off. It was for a Major and I was a Captain – it couldn’t have been for me.” 

Major Loftus started his career in Army as an Officer Cadet in 1984, but after a back injury he sought other opportunities and found a role with the Queensland Police Force, where he served for 18 years. 

He then joined the Army Reserve in Townsville, serving for more than 20 years as a Captain.

Major Loftus worked in several industries including investigation training and telecommunications when a downturn in business forced closure.

With the walls closing in, a lifeline appeared.

“Never underestimate your peer network.”

Members of the Contingent Workforce referred him to ForceNet and work with Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group, and a continuous full-time service contract with the Defence Force School of Signals soon followed. 

“Never underestimate your peer network,” Major Loftus said. 

“It was friends from Regular Army and Reserves telling me of opportunities and offering to vouch for me.”

After sending the initial email, Career Management – Army’s Contingent Workforce group chased Major Loftus up with a phone call a few days later, asking why he hadn’t responded. 

It was this phone call that would change his life. 

“It was my civilian skills and experience that helped me get the job, and they’ve been so valued by Army,” Major Loftus said.

“I have one of the best jobs I’ve ever had – it’s diverse and I’m accepted as part of the team.

“I have five years till retirement, but I know now they’ll be five good years.”