Zak earns en­try to bat­tle­field

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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