One day at a time

Well I have been a wee bit slack haven’t I? It is not that I haven’t been doing anything which I deem newsworthy, to the contrary in fact, it is putting off telling the news till I feel confident about the news.

What have I have been doing? Well I have been working for money, working out and working on a big job application which requires me to get a whole lot fitter (hence the working out bit). Working on a job application where I may actually be able use some of the information I acquired during those long distant days at uni.

I am applying to join the Defence Force, the RAAF or the Air Force to be more precise, as a Graduate entry Officer, hopefully in Logistics to be even more precise.

I had my first day at the recruiting centre the other day, where I was told that my aptitude is more than suitable for the jobs I am after and that I don’t appear to have anything medically wrong with me which would preclude me from joining.

Joining the Defence Force is not something which I have all of a sudden decided to do but something that has been on the back of my mind since about 2001 or so. I thought hard about joining last year as an undergrad but the fitness requirements were slightly daunting to me and that put me off. The other week when I was thinking about it again, I decided that I can meet the fitness requirements and I will do my best to be offered a position. At the end of the day, it is something that I have thought long and hard over; is this what I want to do with my life (well at least my life for the next handful of years)? What are people going to say when I tell them I am applying to join? What will their reactions be? Will I suit the Defence Force? and vice versa? The list goes on.

Well I can now say that I have my assessment day on April 18th, where I will be interviewed, and be evaluated both psychologically and medically to make sure that both my body and mind can cope with environment of the defence force. If all goes well on that day I will then make an appearance before the Officer Selection Board about a month later and then I will get a letter in the mail after that tell me what my options are.

I really hope it all goes well and I do get in as at the moment, applying for the RAAF really does feel like the right thing to do. I mean I have even sold my soul to the devil (the gym) to improve my fitness. Between now and April 18th, I have a lot of research to do so that I can wow them in my interview. In saying that I am taking it all one day at a time and not trying to get ahead of myself.

Now for a photo, because a photo really does add so much more to a post doesn’t it? I went playing with my flash this arvo and just as I was heading upstairs I took this one of Pabbi on his “day bed”. He isn’t making any silly faces, it is just him. My Pabbi.


4 Replies to “One day at a time”

  1. Wow, Helen! I am very surprised to read your plans, just because I’ve never heard anything about it prior to now.

    I am sure that you wouldn’t make any decision without thinking very thoroughly about it, so I will just say that I really hope it all goes well for you at your interview. I can’t wait to hear the result!

    Best, best, best of luck to you. I met a woman in Iraq from the Australian military, I’m not sure which branch right now, but I still keep in touch with her a bit even now…the world is a very small place when you’re in the military, that’s for sure.

    I will be waiting on pins and needles to hear the outcome of your interview.

    Good luck!

  2. Oh Helen, you know I am proud of you πŸ™‚ I know you will go well, and I am dreading that day but only because I will miss you so very much! My dad will definately tell you that It is certainly an exciting life, even if only for a little while.

    Best of luck with your interview, you’ll ‘wow’ em no doubt πŸ™‚


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