Captain Jasmin Diab
Why did you join the Army?
I was at a crossroad in my life after high school and my two options were to study the dramatic arts at university or to join the Army. I decided to join the Army to see the world, convince myself I was tough enough, and blow stuff up! I guess in the long run it would also prepare me for a role in G.I. Jane 2 when I become a famous movie star!
So I gave it a shot, and I was accepted into the Australian Defence Force Academy to study a Bachelor's in Science. I chose to complete a double major in Radiological Physics and Chemistry. I really enjoy science and didn't think I'd ever get a chance to use my scientific knowledge in the Military, however having that background has opened up a number of opportunities for me especially in the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive field.
Describe a moment or event that is most memorable during your time in the Army.
My most memorable moment would have to be serving on Operation SLIPPER in Afghanistan. I was deployed as a Battle Captain in the Special Operations Task Group Headquarters and for the last few months of my tour I was able to move into the plans cell as the assistant plans officer. All I did was the job I trained for day in and day out with some amazing people. It was fantastic!
What do you consider to be your greatest success in Army?
I think my greatest success would be being selected for and completing the United States Explosive Ordnance Disposal Course in Eglin Air Force Base Florida.
I was the first female Royal Australian Engineer Officer to complete the course. It was physical and fun and I got to work with a great bunch of US guys and girls.
I consider it to be my greatest success because before that everyone was very hesitant to have females working in Explosive Ordinance Disposal roles, including planning and advisor roles. I hope that I can continue keeping up these skills. I really enjoy being out on a range making a mess!
Who has been the most influential person throughout your Army career?
One of my instructors at the Royal Military College. She's a tough, fit and smart Army officer and she taught me that you can do any job as long as you put your head down and work your butt off!
What is one important piece of advice that you can pass onto other women considering a career in the Army?
Nothing is impossible. And you always need a good sense of humour!! I laugh at something everyday at work.