Home' Army News : March 28th 2013 Contents I want women to know that they can do anything in
the Army that they put their minds to.
'' Cpl Hannah Buchan, 6 Avn Regt
Army March 28, 2013
SOLDIERS can expect to one day
see a female Chief of Army, cur-
rent CA Lt-Gen David Morrison
said at the launch of the Women
in the Army recruitment campaign
at Victoria Barracks in Sydney on
The campaign is designed to
increase the number of serving
females by 600 by mid next year,
increasing female representation in the
Army to 12 per cent.
Also at the launch, Defence
Science and Personnel Minister
Warren Snowdon said the lifting of
gender restrictions at the start of this
year was set to encourage talented,
capable women to join the ADF.
"The removal of gender restrictions
signals a key milestone in the signifi-
cant cultural change we are seeing in
Defence and this will make a real dif-
ference in our ability to attract women
to the ADF and keep them there," he
said.Lt-Gen Morrison said attracting a
diverse range of talent to Army would
"My chief of staff at Army HQ,
Brig Simone Wilkie, will soon be pro-
moted to major-general, and in doing
so will become the second female gen-
eral in the Army," he said.
"What we are seeing, in not just
the Army but the entire ADF, is a real
"We need to ensure women can
achieve the very highest rank their
potential allows, and if that includes
the post of Chief of Army then I think
that would be a very good thing, not
just for Army and the ADF but the
Lt-Gen Morrison said for the first
time Army had set specific targets for
the recruitment of women.
"My major goal for Army is to
substantially increase the number of
women in the Regular Army from its
current level of approximately 3000 to
3600 by mid-2014," he said.
The increase represents a consid-
erable challenge for Army and the
changes being made to implement it
will set the pre-conditions for subse-
Lt-Gen Morrison said Army had
worked hard to remove barriers that
women faced when considering a mili-
"In particular, we are trialling a
12-month initial minimum period of
service for selected trades and we are
working to offer a pre-enlistment train-
ing fitness program for women can-
didates to improve their chances of
success," he said.
"We are also focused on retain-
ing women in Army and are working
with the other services and groups to
engage our service women to better
understand their needs."
The result has been the implemen-
tation of flexible working initiatives
that better support families, such as
increased carer's leave. Army is still
working to implement shared leave
between service couples and the con-
sideration of childcare options, accord-
ing to Lt-Gen Morrison.
"We are also reviewing how career
management supports the retention of
women in Army with a view to better
accommodating career development
and family responsibilities," he said.
"These new recruitment and reten-
tion initiatives have already success-
fully increased the number of women
in the Army from 10.1 per cent to 10.6
"This increase shows significant
progress towards achieving 12 per cent
women in the Army by 2014."
To support the strategy, Defence
Force Recruiting has developed a mar-
keting campaign that focuses on the
opportunities available to women in
the Army and highlights the balanced
lifestyle, benefits and rewards of a mil-
The campaign started on March 17 with TV,
radio, and magazine advertising, as well as
online advertising and interactive microsite
Highlighting the many
New recruitment campaign focuses on women in a bid to increase diversity in the ranks
CAPT Roberts, a pilot with A Sqn, 5
Avn Regt, was proud to be selected
to help spearhead the Women in
Army recruitment campaign.
Capt Roberts said she was not a
pin-up girl or icon but a role-model for
the many women thinking of a career
in the Army.
"I'm proud to be a role-model for
other women and to inspire them in a
positive way," she said.
"The more women we have in
the Army, the more talent we can
Capt Roberts said the recruitment
campaign communicated the oppor-
tunities available to women in the
Army and highlighted the rewards of
an Army career.
"My peers don't judge me on
being a woman," she said.
lot of soldiers don't even know I'm a
woman; I'm just a soldier doing the
job I was trained for."
Having deployed on Operation
Astute in 2011, Capt Roberts speaks
from experience about the opportuni-
ties and rewards on offer.
In Timor-Leste, Capt Roberts
flew aeromedical evacuations, quick-
reaction force sorties and troop
"The flying is very challenging
and a lot more exciting than flying
helicopters in the civilian world," she
"There is a place for females in
the Army and we perform an impor-
tant role," she said.
"There have been times when I
have been at a briefing with one hun-
dred males, but at the end of the day
women are still part of the team."
She always had the confidence
that she would make it as an Army
"I worked just as hard as the men
on my course to get the opportunities
and rewards that I wanted," she said.
Capt Roberts spent three years
at ADFA and a year at Duntroon,
followed by pilot training for another
"I joined in the Army in 2002 with
the specific intent of becoming a
helicopter pilot and after a lot of dedi-
cation to study and hard work I got to
where I wanted to," she said.
"A lot of things can happen
because the Army offers a lot of
career opportunities and rewards
equally to capable men and women."
CAPT JENNIFER ROBERTS
CPL Buchan, of 6 Avn Regt, hoped
showcasing her role as an aircraft
life-support fitter would alert women
to the many trades on offer in the
"I maintain safety and survival
gear in the helicopters as well as the
gear that the aircrew wear including
helmets and flying jackets," she said.
"I want women to know that they
can do anything in the Army that they
put their minds to.
"It's not a boys' club and you can
succeed with your goals".
With five older brothers who have
all served in the Army and a father
who served in Ordnance Corps for 15
years, Cpl Buchan said she "always
knew I would join up at some point".
CPL HANNAH BUCHAN
"I signed up when I was 16, and
went to Kapooka in 2003 just after I
turned 17," she said.
She deployed to Timor-Leste in
2006 and to Afghanistan in 2009.
TPR O'Mara wants women to better
understand how the Army offers equal
opportunities and rewards.
She is a mission support ground
crewman in 6 Avn Regt.
"There are plenty of women out
there who are interested in an Army
career but who are also a little suspi-
cious about what they are getting
themselves into," she said.
"I was at first because I wondered
how much of my private life I would
have to sacrifice to be successful in
She wants to help women under-
stand that the Army can be a great
"I like it because my peers judge
me on how well I can do the job."
TPR TASH O'MARA
In her two years in the Army, Tpr
O'Mara has deployed to Papua New
Guinea, helping maintain Black Hawks
supporting the elections in challenging
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