Warrant Officer Class One Pip Iseppi
Why did you join the Army?
I joined the Army looking for an opportunity to gain employment as prospects were very limited in country Western Australia at the time.
One day I was walking past Defence Recruiting in Perth with my mum, who pushed me in the door to see what the Army had to offer. Within a couple of weeks I was at Kapooka undertaking recruit training.
Describe a moment or event that is most memorable during your time in the Army.
My most recent appointment as Regimental Sergeant Major Ceremonial - Australian Defence Force provided me with a number of memorable experiences including ANZAC Days in Gallipoli and France, 70th Anniversary commemorations in Greece and Korea, ceremonial welcomes for the Queen and President of the United States of America. My most memorable moment would be coordinating the armed Australian Catafalque Party at the closing ceremony at the Menin Gate on ANZAC Day 2011.
What do you consider to be your greatest success in Army?
When I was appointed as a Regimental Sergeant Major, I was the only female in the Army at that time holding that appointment (others had done so previously).
Today, the numbers of women taking up this opportunity has increased and I have had the opportunity to mentor and foster others to consider this career path.
Who has been the most influential person throughout your Army career?
I am not sure I could identify a single person who has influenced my career. Perhaps the Commanding Officer of 4 Signal Regiment in 1990 (LTCOL Graham Barnard Ret'd) saw my potential and redirected my career to move along the path towards becoming a Regimental Sergeant Major. I have taken the opportunity to learn from a lot of people; both male and female, officers and soldiers.
What is one important piece of advice that you can pass onto other women considering a career in the Army?
Don’t sit back and wait for things to happen, be proactive. Be prepared to voice your opinion and most importantly be yourself. Make the most of every opportunity and you never know what is around the next corner.