WANTING to get a taste of Air Force life, Jessica Thompson of Sale was given the opportunity to find out how to make her dreams a reality at a girls’ flight camp, held at RAAF Base, East Sale.
Chosen from more than 40 applicants, Jessica completed a week in the life of the Air Force, experiencing everything from flying in aircraft and simulators to leadership activities and physical training.
“It was a great opportunity to experience military life and to get a feel for the day-to-day life of heaps of jobs in the Defence Force,” Jessica said.
“It gave me lots of options to consider after finishing high school that I hadn’t really considered before.
“The best part was the helicopter flight, because I got to see the town of Sale from an angle I haven’t seen before, from a bird’s eye view.
“I really want to join the Air Force because the opportunities associated with the job are endless.”
While being exposed to military aviation operations, the participants also experienced the day-to-day routine of an Air Force base and had several opportunities to speak with current Air Force members and Defence Force recruiting specialists to discuss careers in the military.
The camp was open to young women aged between 16 and 18, with participants from New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia.
The flight camp is part of the Air Force work experience program.
For more information visit www.defence.gov.au/WorkExperience/Default.asp.