HOBART resident Elspeth Keele, 18, has taken her first step towards becoming a future leader of the Australian Defence Force (ADF).
Ms Keele was among six other Tasmanians to be welcomed as an official member of the Air Force at an Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) Appointment Ceremony at Anglesea Barracks on 27 January.
Senior military recruitment officer Tasmania Major Vicki Lanagan said she congratulated the group on successfully completing a competitive recruitment process to earn a coveted place at ADFA.
“Of the 2016 ADFA intake, five people from Tasmania achieved an Australian Tertiary Admissions rank of 99.95,” she said.
“This included Elspeth who is the former head prefect and dux of St Mary’s College.”
Ms Keele said she was honoured and excited to join the Royal Australian Air Force as an air combat officer.
“Achieving this goal means my hard work and dedication has paid off,” she said.
“To be able to be part of the ADF and serve my country is truly amazing.
“I want to learn as much as I can academically, as well as about leadership and ADF qualities in order to be a good officer in the future.
“I am also looking forward to having fun and making lifelong friends.”
During the next three years Ms Keele will undergo extensive military training to build on her already strong leadership capabilities.
She will also obtain a Bachelor of Science through the University of New South Wales.
Applications are now open for the ADFA 2017 intake.
For more information visit www.defencejobs.gov.au/education/Adfa/ or call 13 19 01.