Kitting out the troops
Private Sarah Dawe joined the army in July 2015 after completing high school in Young, NSW.
She’s currently on Exercise Hamel as a Repair Parts Storeperson with the 17th Combat Service Support Brigade.
"I thought it was a really good career path as I'm very young, and I didn't see myself doing university. I wanted to get on a good path while I'm young to set me up for the future," said Private Dawe.
"Basically we support the Army with logistics. I support 17 Brigade’s units by ordering and issuing parts such as mechanical parts which can't be issued from your regular Q-store".
Exercise Hamel has offered Private Dawe the opportunity to learn about other units and the wider Army. As her first major training exercise, it has also presented her with challenges.
"It was pretty difficult when we first deployed to Cultana. The place was full of mud and most of the vehicles became bogged,” she said.
“I didn't expect the set-up to be so large. This is my first big exercise so everything is new to me but so far it has been good and I'm learning a lot."
As a member of the Royal Australian Ordinance Corps, Private Dawe is keen to encourage other females to find out what the Army can offer them.
"I would say give it a go. It's the best experience I've ever had. You do things which take you out of your comfort zone, which is great," she said.
At the end of Exercise Hamel, Private Dawe is looking forward to spending time with her family.
"I have a big family so it was good growing up on the farm with my brother and five sisters. We had a bike shop we were very involved with the community, helping young kids to stay out of trouble," she said.
"I'm looking forward to going home to see my mum and dad and spend some time on the farm."