The inaugural Indigenous Student Military Familiarisation Camp (ISMFC) is being held this week at RAAF Base Richmond for teenagers interested in pursuing an Air Force career.
“This joint initiative demonstrates the Government’s focus on ‘Closing the Gap’ and encourages young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from urban and regional communities to pursue their interest in Aviation,” Minister for Defence Science and Personnel Warren Snowdon said.
The Camp involves 12 Aboriginal students from regional NSW communities aged between 16-18 years who were carefully selected for their interest in aviation through the auspices of the Illawarra Aboriginal Corporation, which manages Boorowa Aviation (BA) project.
Throughout the week, the students will experience a range of carefully planned activities including a flight simulator visit, gentle personal training sessions as well as fire, weapons and safety equipment demonstrations.
ISMFC participants will have the opportunity to discuss their career options with a mentor who can assist them further in pursuing an Air Force career after they finish their schooling.
The ISMFC program aims to inspire Indigenous students with a passion for aviation and was designed to increase participation rates of Indigenous Australians in the Air Force.
Images from the ISMFC Camp can be viewed at:http://ra.af/LqXES6
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