CIVVIE SOLDIERS PROUD TO SERVE Part- timers hold nothing in reserve
THEY are high school teachers, local councillors, police and parole officers but they all have one thing in common – they are soldiers and they are proud to serve.
The Bulletin embedded with the Australian Army last week as part of Exercise Talisman Sabre 2017 in the Shoalwater Bay training area, north of Rockhampton.
In the rough terrain was Battle Group Cannan, predominantly made up of 11th Brigade Army Reserves from Townsville, Brisbane and Perth, who were working in support of 3rd Brigade.
When they aren’t wearing camouflage paint and digging trenches to hide from the enemy, they’re at home, in disguise as civilians working hard in their communities.
Townsville Tactical Crime Squad police officer and 11 Combat Support Services Battalion Section Commander Corporal Kym Lynch, 39, has been in the Army Reserves for 16 years – six months longer than she has worn her police uniform.
“I was 18 when I wanted to join the police but they told me I needed more life experience so I saw an ad for the Army Reserves and thought it would be awesome to be a soldier and take after my two grandads,” she said.
“We actually have a lot of ex- infantry men that are in Townsville’s Tactical Crime Squad because the skills and the qualifications you can get