ARMY GIVES TEENS NEW OUTLOOK
TENTE disadvantaged teenagers have met with Townsville soldiers and toured Lavarack Barracks during an Army Experience Day to inspire positive change in their lives.
The teens, aged 15- 18, who are receiving assistance from the Stronger Communities Action Group or connected to Youth Justice or Child Safety yesterday visited the Defence Force’s night training facility, and saw the armoury of the 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, infantry section and the 2nd Cavalry Regiment. They were also introduced to the work of the Vasey Resilience Centre.
Stronger Communities Action Group government co- ordinator Inspector Glenn Doyle said 3rd Brig- ade’s willingness to host an Army Experience Day demonstrated how different sectors could help create positive futures for children.
“Many of the teens have never been exposed to a workplace, let alone the army which offers a huge range of jobs and pathways,” he said.
“We want these young people to give greater thought to the possibilities out there and take the steps needed to realise their potential.”
Commander 3rd Brigade Brigadier Chris Field said the army was keen to play a part in helping vulnerable teens reach their own potential.
“A life of purpose, combined with secure employment, is crucial to break the cycle of crime,” he said.