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Army March 4, 2010
By Cpl Zenith King
THREE former JNCOs are in the
third class at RMC after making the
switch to become officers.
The officer cadets and more than
120 of their classmates began training
at Duntroon on January 19.
SCdt Matthew Scattergood,
former lance corporal with 3RA
served for 4½ years as an OR befo
making the decision to transfer.
He attributes his decision to ti
spent on a deployment to East Timor
in 2008, where he was a section
"I really enjoyed the command
position with the challenges and
responsibility of leading patrols," SCdt
Scattergood said. "I had a fantastic
platoon commander in Timor and I
thought why haven't I given that a go?
I didn't want to sell myself short so I
had a crack at it."
To become officer
three men went through
same selection process
as civilian applicants.
They received no
During his time as a
lance bombadier at 20 STA Regt, SCdt
Martin De Meter deployed to Iraq as a
UAV mission commander conducting
surveillance, reconnaissance and con-
voy route clearance as a gunner.
He has not yet found the training
difficult and relates it to what he did
on his recruit course. "We are basically
doing Kapooka again and helping the
new cadets who had nothing to do with
the Army before coming to the col-
lege," he said.
As a bombadier at 16 AD Regt,
SCdt Adam Grigg served in Iraq as
a detachment commander. "We're
expecting the training to pick up in the
next six months, as all three of us are
qualified to instruct on everything we
have done so far," SCdt Grigg said.
The former JNCOs agree any-
one interested in becoming an officer
should give it a go. "There are oppor-
tunities available to you as an officer
that you wouldn't have as an OR,"
SCdt Scattergood said. "Coming here
gives me the opportunity to be proac-
tive and allows me to make the deci-
sions to get the job done."
On completion of the 18-month
course the three men hope to be com-
missioned as arms corps officers.
JNCOs switch roles
By Cpl Zenith King
A PERSONAL mission to "give some-
thing back" to Ronald McDonald
House in Sydney has raised $20,000
for the charity.
WO2s Quentin Stein, Shane McPhee
and Mark Fisher and Capt Matt Dirago,
all from 1/19RNSWR, completed the
231km Bushmen's Rifles Charity Walk 4
Sick Kids late last year.
They raised funds for Ronald
McDonald House, which provides vital
support for WO2 Quentin Stein's son,
Jonah, who has a brain tumour.
"The support they provide to families
of seriously ill children cannot be valued
enough," WO2 Stein said.
Starting in Orange, the four Army
members walked for five days and raised
money by visiting businesses and attract-
ing donations from people they passed on
They completed the walk at Sydney's
A support team accompanied the
walkers, including Sgt David Flude and
Pte Tara Gleeson.
The team would like to thank ADF
personnel who donated to the cause.
When money walks
Finish line: 1/19RNSWR soldiers
complete their 231km march.
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