Captain Bec Dyson
In 2003 Rebecca (Bec) Dyson entered the Australian Defence Force Academy to commence her career as an Army Officer. “I always wanted a job that involved the outdoors and lots of travel,” Rebecca said and nine years later, Rebecca is an experienced Transport Officer and a Middle East veteran.
“I love my job and a career in transport has provided me with a variety of jobs and excellent opportunities, including working onboard HMAS Manoora and HMAS Kanimbla as part of the Ships Army Detachment,” she said.
Rebecca is currently posted to Headquarters Forces Command in Sydney as part of the amphibious planning cell.
“The amphibious project is very exciting and will provide a new capability for the way Army operates,” Rebecca said.
To further her amphibious knowledge, the Army has assigned Rebecca to study Expeditionary Warfare in the United States. The course has both residential and correspondence elements and currently has 6 Australians and 25 US Marines on the course. Although Rebecca is the only female on the course, she has not experienced any difficulties with the work load or study that the course demands.
“People often ask me what it is like being in a traditionally male environment, but I don’t see it like that. The Army is a modern workplace that provides great opportunities regardless if you are male or female. I also grew up with five brothers, so I was well prepared, but it comes down to your approach and I have found if you are professional in your job, then you are treated with respect,” she said.
After participating in the Headquarters Forces Command International Woman’s Day celebration, Rebecca was very complementary about the role of women in the Army.
“The policies for a family friendly workplace for both males and females are excellent and they have been in place for quite a while, now with technology allowing remote access to workplace servers, people are more confident about the benefits of a more flexible workplace,” she said.
After almost ten years in the army Rebecca still plans to have a long-term career.
“There are so many opportunities in the Army that each posting feels like a new job and for me; I can not image a better job.”