SA Indigenous Pre Recruitment Course
The six-week course is under way in Adelaide and focuses on the delivery of five core training modules: cultural appreciation, language, literacy and numeracy, military skills, physical fitness and vocational training.
The Senior Instructor of the IPRC, Warrant Officer Class One Colin Watego, is a Bundjalung and Torres Strait Island man who has served in the ADF for 39 years.
He said the course offers high-quality training to young Indigenous Australians from a range of cultural backgrounds.
“The Indigenous Pre-Recruitment Course offers unique opportunities for personal and professional development that participants will take with them into a career in the ADF or back to their local communities,” Warrant Officer Class One Watego said.
“The ADF values and supports young Indigenous people and I am proud to be part of the leadership team running this course.”
The IPRC is being supported by the Australian Army's 9th Brigade.
The 9th Brigade has a proud history and continues to contribute to the Australian Army and the wider community as a highly responsive reserve brigade. It has responded to domestic emergencies including the Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria in 2009, and 40 per cent of 9th Brigade soldiers have deployed on operations overseas.
The Commander of the 9th Brigade, Brigadier Peter Connor, said some of the IPRC’s participants have come from the Brigade’s local depots, including Port Lincoln, Warradale and Adelaide’s northern suburbs.
“We value cultural diversity in our workforce at 9th Brigade and we recognise the unique contribution that Indigenous Australians make to the ADF,” Brigadier Connor said.
“We encourage Indigenous people to apply to join the 9th Brigade or the wider Defence Force when they graduate from the course.”