DRSC VIP Challenge

Business People Experience Defence Life

More than 20 business representatives and community leaders from across New South Wales experienced military training, meeting Reserve recruits and discovering the benefits of Reserve service at the Army Recruit Training Centre at Kapooka near Wagga.

The participants, from organisations including Qantas, the Port Authority of NSW and St John’s Ambulance, participated in the Defence Reserves Support VIP Challenge.

The challenge, which is now in its sixth year, provides the opportunity to observe and experience the personal, technical and professional skills training Reservists receive.

Head Cadet, Reserve and Employer Support Division Major General Iain Spence said the VIP Challenge provides employers with an opportunity to directly experience some of the leadership and management skills that Reservists bring to the workplace.

“Our aim is to highlight the skills Reservists gain from being in the Australian Defence Force and how those skills benefit civilian employers,” Major General Spence said.

Qantas senior human resources and knowledge policy advisor, Abby Beecroft, said the airline employs a large number of Defence Reservists.

VIP_challenge_DRSC_Kapooka“I hope to gain an insight in to what Reservists do and an even better insight in to the nature of their training from participating in the VIP Challenge,” Abby said.

Activities include leadership and survival skills training as well as team building exercises and physical challenges.

Participants were farewelled by Assistant Minister for Defence, the Hon Michael McCormack at a march-out parade at Blamey Barracks this morning.

What does being a ‘Supportive Employer’ mean?

  • Being a Supportive Employer means supporting an overarching principle – that Reservists should have the backing of their civilian employers.
  • For more information about the Supportive Employer Program visit: defencereservessupport.gov.auKapooka_VIP_Challenge_DRSC