Corporal Alice Lenicka
“I didn’t really know what I wanted to do after school and I thought the Army would be a good place to earn some money and experience while I figured out what I would do,” Corporal Lenicka said.
“My sister had joined the Army two years before me and is an operator mover, my Dad’s a Warrant Officer Class One and they both seemed to enjoy it.”
Corporal Lenicka deployed to the MEAO in 2009 and then to Tarin Kot in Afghanistan between May 2011 and February 2012.
During her deployment to Afghanistan, Corporal Lenicka worked in a variety of roles.
“My primary job in Tarin Kot was as an orderly room corporal and I also shared the movement’s role with the sergeant operator movements by organising fixed wing movements, maintaining operations logs, sending personnel statistics to the chief clerk and collecting and distributing mail,” she said.
“I would also assist the guys at the post office, trade training school and the photographer with other little jobs to fill in my time.”
She also had the opportunity to meet Afghan women and girls, going outside the base with the Female Engagement Team (FET).
“I volunteered for the FET because I thought it would be interesting and provide me with different experiences I would not otherwise get a chance to have,” she said.
“I enjoyed meeting the women and staff at the local hospital. I found them to be lovely and I was surprised how far they had travelled from different areas of the country to attend midwife training.
“I also had a lot of fun visiting the girls’ school and interacting with the teachers and children.”
Corporal Lenicka believes the Army does a lot to support the employment of women.
“I personally consider myself lucky as the majority of my supervisors throughout my career have not focused on the fact that I am a woman, but they have treated me as a person and identified my strengths and weaknesses according to the tasks I was given,” she said.
“I do feel there are a vast number of opportunities for me within the Army, both laid out as goals I can aim to achieve and those which have eventuated from circumstances and the people I have met throughout my career.”