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29 January, 2021

Strapping the boots on for a new career

Eagerly awaiting her 18th birthday in June, a Mackay resident believes she can excel in a potential career with the Australian Army.

By Andrew Sorensen

Cadet Sara
Aspiring for a career in the Australian Army in the Military Police, Sara Atkinson is enthusiastic. Photo: Contributed

The Australian Army Cadet sergeant Sara Atkinson said she wants to become a military police officer and specialise in military working dogs.

“I’ve always been interested in a career in the army,” Ms Atkinson said.

“I’m very fond of animals and I think it would be such an amazing route to pursue.”

Having found her place in life, she says her skills from the army can be easily transferred to other career paths such as the Queensland Police Service.

“I also wanted to challenge myself and try something a bit out of my comfort zone,” Ms Atkinson said.

She said she first joined the cadets in 2018 as she wanted to push herself beyond her limits and gain confidence in her daily interactions.

“I was a very quiet and introverted person, so cadets has definitely helped me to become so much more confident, not just as a person but also in my leadership,” Ms Atkinson said.

During her short time in the cadets, she learned many key skills such as leadership, self-confidence, along with making countless friends and developing camaraderie.

She said a key component in her career and life was discipline and explained that if one member messed up, everyone in the unit would.

She added everyone had to learn to work together.

“You definitely learn teamwork – teamwork is the glue that holds everything together,” Ms Atkinson said.

“You also learn how to work with people, regardless of whether you like them or not.” 

Left with nothing but good things to say about cadets, her biggest advice to those interested was to give it a try and see how they go in twelve months time.

She added there was nothing to lose from giving it a go. 

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