SQNLDR Amanda Gosling, CAPT Jessica Boyd, LS Karen Dwyer and SGT Anne Dufficy.
SQNLDR Amanda Gosling, CAPT Jessica Boyd, LS Karen Dwyer and SGT Anne Dufficy. Rob Mitchell

Defence Force no longer just a 'job for the guys'

NO MORE sitting on the sidelines. Forget the boys club. And  goodbye the glass ceiling.

The days of the Defence Force being a "job for the guys" are well and truly over.

There is an abundance of diverse and exciting career opportunities for women in the Navy, Army and Air Force and the Women in Defence Recruiting team are in Central Queensland to spread the word.

Leading Seaman Karen Dwyer, Sergeant Anne Dufficy and Squadron Leader Amanda Gosling will be heading to Emerald, Biloela, Gladstone and Rockhampton during the week. In each centre they are visiting local schools and holding evening information sessions.

The trip will culminate with the Women in Defence Expo in Rockhampton on Saturday, May 24.

A 12-year veteran of the Air Force, Squadron Leader Amanda Gosling said that there has never been a better time to join the ADF.

"'There are over 200 different roles available in the Navy, Army and Air Force, which are all accessible to women. These include careers in aviation, management, logistics, administration, trades and medical and health," she said.

"The Air Force is actively encouraging women into key roles particularly as pilots and in our aviation trades. We recently appointed a female pilot from Cloncurry and I am determined that we will get our first female fast jet pilot from Central Queensland. 

Leading Seaman Karen Dwyer is no stranger to country Queensland. Before joining the Navy in 2006, Karen worked as a governess on a remote cattle property in Cloncurry.

"There is an incredible strength and resilience in women from this part of the country. They are used to appreciating the good times and the strength of character to fight their way through adversity. These are life experiences and skills that set them up for success in the ADF." she said.

"We are very excited to be coming into the region and talking to young women about what a career in the Navy, Army or Air Force can offer them. They can learn how to lead and manage teams and a variety of professional skills and on-going education that will serve them well in their defence careers and in their communities when they choose to return."