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Army February 28, 2013
Cpl Nick Wiseman
CORPS transfers are commonplace these days
as a retention initiative and way for soldiers
to try a new career path but they don't usually
include a jump from private to lieutenant.
Lt Franklin Yong joined the Army as a pri-
vate in 2010 and after completing his recruit
and infantry training at Singleton was posted to
6RAR in Brisbane.
He was keen to see the world and get out
with the boys. Unfortunately he tore his quadri-
ceps tendon in a training activity and had to
rethink his Army career.
"I knew I couldn't continue in infantry as
effective as I had been," he said.
"It was time to change and as I had the back-
ground, I chose pay corps."
His background was a double degree in com-
merce and law, which he had completed before
As well as these two degrees, he had also
previously studied and completed a Bachelor of
Science in Biology.
When asked by recruiting why he wanted to
join the infantry, he said he wanted some real-
world experience, having spent much of his life
as a student.
"When recruiting found out about my edu-
cation they tried to steer me towards law or
finance," he said.
"But I was stubborn and determined to go to
Knowing he wanted to remain in the Army,
he had to change careers and chose Pay Corps.
After a successful application last year he was
posted to the Army Financial Services Unit in
Canberra and commissioned as a finance officer
at the rank of lieutenant on January 29 this year.
Lt Yong said he was enjoying the increased
"I enjoy the fact that I'm now left to my own
devices to get my work done," he said.
Lt Yong is currently working with the imple-
mentation of resource management training
within the broader Army.
After he finishes his two-year posting with
the Army Financial Services Unit, he is looking
forward to further postings within the Pay Corps.
Injured infantryman picks up promotion in Pay Corps
Digger makes injury pay
Former infantry private
Lt Franklin Yong
made the most of bad
he was injured in
training and drew on
his previous education
job, and a promotion
(pictured inset), in Pay
Photo by Cpl Nick Wiseman
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