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June 29, 2017
Cpl Chris Johns, of the Army School of Transport, shows Unimog
engine components to Gap Year trainees Ptes Karly Turner
(centre), Pte Corey Langer (right) and Pte Brodie Scott (front).
Photo: Sgt Dave Morley
Sgt Dave Morley
GAP Year diggers are proving
their worth as drivers with 48,
including 34 women, marching
into the Army School of Transport
(AST) at Puckapunyal, Victoria, in
the past two months.
OC/SI Road Tpt Wg Maj Phil
Bearzatto said he found the Gap
Year trainees extremely motivated.
“These are mostly young peo-
ple who have just left Year 12, are
not sure what they want to do with
themselves, but want to get out and
see the world,” he said.
“They’re enthusiastic and eager
to learn, and many opt for the ARA
towards the end of their 12-month
Maj Bearzatto said AST ran two
driver courses a year attended by
Gap Year soldiers.
“They complete the Basic MR2
Unimog course, which includes tac-
tical operations where they learn
‘shoot, move and communicate’,
culminating in an exercise where
they go through protected mobility
tactics,” he said.
“After finishing the MR2 course
they have the choice of going onto a
G-Wagon or Mack course.”
A Tp instructor Cpl Chris Johns,
who has been in the Army for more
than nine years, said this was his
first experience with Gap Year
“They’re keen and eager to learn
because they’re new to the Army,
and it’s handy for us because they
have no bad driving habits we have
to break them out of,” he said.
“A lot are P-platers and some
have concerns about the size of the
trucks, so it’s our job to ease their
concerns and gradually make it
harder as the course progresses.
“The Gap Year program gives
them a taste of Army life to help
them decide if they want to make
the Army a full- or part-time career,
or apply for RMC, ADFA or reserve
DISMAL Puckapunyal weather
didn’t dampen the enthusiasm
of Gap Year trainees at the Army
School of Transport as they left
warm classrooms for a wet trans-
port yard to parade their Unimogs
on May 19.
Pte Brodie Scott, of
Mallacoota east of Melbourne,
joined the Gap Year program
because she’d always been inter-
ested in the ADF and wanted to
find out more before she signed
“I chose RACT because, after
looking at all the corps, it seemed
to be the one that suited me
most,” she said.
“I enjoy working with the vehi-
cles, pulling bits off and putting
them back on, learning how to tie
down loads and doing the practi-
cal work, and I’m looking forward
to getting more hands on.”
Pte Corey Langer, of Ipswich
in Queensland, heard about the
Gap Year program while he was
He said he didn’t know what
he wanted to do when he finished
school, but had heard the Gap
Year program was good for
experiencing teamwork, fitness,
discipline and mateship.
“I’ve decided I’m going to
apply to stay on after my 12
months is up,” he said.
“There’s no point doing all this
training to not continue.
“This is my first time working
with trucks and I’m enjoying learn-
ing about engines and vehicle
components, as well as how to tie
Pte Langer chose RACT to
experience different military vehi-
cles, learn how they work and
understand their capabilities.
“I’m also looking forward to
learning more on the tactical side
and how we operate when we’re
dismounted,” he said.
Pte Karly Turner, like her
mates, took on the Gap Year
program to help her decide if she
wanted to join the Army full-time.
“I’m already in the process of
transferring to the ARA and will
trade transfer to the Operational
Mover ECN when I finish my driv-
ing course in August,” she said.
“I want to learn more about
truck engines, as well as knots
and lashings to tie down loads.”
Getting behind the wheel
Our newest soldiers embrace driver training at Pucka
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