BEING in the Navy is not just about defending Australia’s coastal waters.
Personnel help Australians and residents overseas in times of crisis and are deployed on United Nations operations.
The Navy has a range of jobs available which match the skills, interests and education of any recruit. Leading Seaman Luke Ettridge is one recruit who has mixed his passions for the sea and sport.
He joined the Navy in 2004 and has specialised as a physical trainer. Aboard Anzac Class frigate HMAS Parramatta, he is responsible for fitness classes, testing and recreational activities and keeping watch on the bridge.
‘‘I love that my job is based around sport and fitness,’’ he says. ‘‘I am the only physical trainer on board and, because of that, I have a lot of social interaction with the crew.’’
He first joined the Navy as a bosun’s mate, which means on-deck seamanship and small arms skills. He transferred to be a physical trainer in 2007 after showing initiative to lead sport and activities. ‘‘My PT sessions on the deck are a lot of fun as I try to mix up all kinds of training and cater to the needs of the guys and girls who turn up for training,’’ he says.