Zak earns entry to battlefield
ONLY two people were selected in a recent recruitment for the prestigious Duntroon military school in Canberra and Port Douglas local Zak Rogers is one of them.
Having applied for two years to get into the coveted school, Zak has been determined to be involved in the military since he was a child.
“It’s what I wanted to do for as long as I can remember, I went to high school and tried a lot of other jobs but nothing came to my interest,” he said.
“Talking to my cousin in the military now and other family members and people I’ve known in the military and reading up on it, it’s something I’ve never really deterred from wanting to do.
“It’s a child- hood dream and finally coming true in a couple of weeks.”
To win his position, Zak went through a gruelling interview process, which included several interviews, a partial and full physical examination, a psych test and aptitude test, in Cairns, Townsville and Canberra.
“Each interview I had to pass, to show what I know, what I’m talking about, show I had studied the job, know where I’m going and how long I’m going to be there for and to show I know what I want,” he said.
“From there I went to Canberra and before a panel of selectors, three very decorated officers and they choose who comes and goes from Duntroon, I went down with 11 people and only two were selected.”
They went through obstacle courses, team exercises, leadership exercises and a pressure test, which would fail most people.
“You are sat down by yourself with three guys who throw at lot or curve balls at you to find out how you cope under pressure, how you cope with criticism they give you,” he said.
“When I left the room I felt I had stuffed it up and wasted my whole time but when I was called back they had smiles on their face and said, ’Welcome to Duntroon, you start in January’.”
At the completion of his course, Zak will hold the equivalent to a business degree by studying a military degree in leadership and management.
“What I want to get into is battlefield engineers, they do demolition, building temporary buildings, finding roadside bombs and mine sweeping,” he said.