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School of Engineering and Information Technology
Compulsory courses (all four):
-- Systems Engineering Practice
-- Requirements Engineering
-- Test & Evaluation
-- Capability Option Analysis
Plus four elective courses.
Specialisations within the program are:
-- Test and Evaluation
-- Space Systems
-- Electronic Warfare
-- Marine Engineering
-- Weapons Ordanance
Entry to the program is available to
-- with a relevant first degree
-- without a first degree providing they
have acceptable experience and/or
-- via distance or on-campus
Applications for session 2 close
20th June 2012
Apply online at:
If you require more information about this
programs please contact:
Ms Pam Giannakakis
Telephone: +61 2 6268 9566
CRICOS Provider Number: 00100G
The Master of Systems Engineering (MSysEng) at the University of New South Wales
in Canberra provides you with the opportunity to acquire high-level understanding
and advanced analytical skills in the key areas of systems engineering, requirements
engineering, test and evaluation, and capability option analysis.
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'Not like any other job'
Military reporters need confidence, a strong work
ethic and a desire to find and tell stories wherever
they are, John Wellfare reports.
EARLY last year Sgt Andrew
Hetherington conducted one
of the most memorable inter-
views in his career as a mili-
Sitting across from him at the inter-
view table was Australia's most recent
Victoria Cross recipient, Cpl Ben
Looking back, Sgt Hetherington con-
fesses to being uncharacteristically nerv-
ous going into the interview.
"He is as intimidating as he appears
in the photographs but he's also an
extremely professional individual," Sgt
Hetherington says. "I really wanted to get
an honest, open account of what occurred
in the battle [for which Cpl Roberts-Smith
was awarded the VC] and I didn't want to
look like an idiot in front of him!"
The senior reporter was allocated 30
minutes for an interview, but the time
blew out to an hour as Cpl Roberts-Smith
recounted his story in great detail.
The subsequent feature, published in
Army on February 3 last year, was wide-
ly acclaimed as the most comprehensive
and accurate account of the action and
appeared in several other Australian and
Wearing the uniform, understand-
ing the lingo and being familiar with the
nature of military operations made all the
difference, according to Sgt Hetherington.
"It's really a privilege to be granted an
audience with people like him," he says.
"It's a massive responsibility to be trusted
with hearing their stories first hand and
retelling them to the rest of the ADF."
Sgt Hetherington has witnessed a
lot in more than six years as a military
reporter. He's deployed to Afghanistan
four times as well as to East Timor,
Solomon Islands, Lebanon, Egypt, the
UK and France. He's interviewed two
CDFs and three CAs, as well as countless
other ADF personnel with stories to tell.
"Being a military reporter is nothing
like any other job -- there are only five
of us in the Army," he says. "Reporters
have to fit in well with the small team in
our office in Canberra, but then deploy on
their own and be fully independent; organ-
ising their travel and accommodation,
chasing story leads and taking photos."
It can be an incredibly rewarding job,
ARE you the ADF's next military
The Directorate of Defence
Newspapers is looking for highly
motivated soldiers with confidence,
a good aptitude for writing and pho-
tography, and a keen interest in all
things Army, Navy and Air Force.
No formal qualifications are
required to undertake two weeks of
on-the-job training and assessment
with the directorate.
For more information contact Sgt
Hetherington on (02) 6266 7614 or email
WE WANT YOU
but it's not easy and not for the faint of
"You have to be able to communicate
confidently whether you're talking to the
CDF, a two-metre tall VC recipient or a
truck driver out on an exercise. You have
to have good communication skills to get
the best out of whoever you're interview-
"You have to be motivated and really
go out of your way to get a story. Don't
just call and leave a message -- hunt your
"You also have to be pretty flexible
and be able to think on your feet -- when
you deploy by yourself you're usually
talking your way onto resupply flights
and jumping from one unit to another to
get around an AO."
Hectic schedule and unrelenting
deadlines aside, military reporters each
have their own unique list of memorable
moments from wildly varied careers.
When prompted, Sgt Hetherington
recalls some of his experiences, including
riding in a Danish APC for 10 hours to
reach FOB Armadillo in Helmand prov-
ince, Afghanistan, and test driving a WRX
STi on the race track at Phillip Island for
the motoring column.
"I tried to get a ride in a Hornet when
I covered the Avalon Air Show last year,
but it didn't happen. No reporter has man-
aged that yet, but I'm still trying."
Midnight oil: Deployed life for a military reporter often involves late nights writing stories, processing
photos and transmitting information back to the newspapers in Canberra.
to the MEAO.
Sgt Bill Guthrie
Army March 29, 2012
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