Mildura Weekly : Friday June 27 Vol 8 No 34
www.milduraweekly.com.au 14 Mildura Weekly – 27/06/14 By ADAM LUITJES FOR as long as he can remember, Dylan Winslade 15, has wanted to be an officer in the Australian Defence Force. His great-grandfather Steve Zyga was a US Marine in World War Two, and fol- lowing in his footsteps has always been an ambition of Dylan’s. So, when an opportunity came to spend a week at the Royal Military Col- lege in Duntroon, Canberra, Dylan jumped at the chance. “The school (Irymple Secondary Col- lege) told me I needed to find somewhere for work experience,” Dylan explained. “I got home and went online with mum to see if I could do my placement in the Army. “I picked RMC because that’s where you study to be an officer.” With only 45 placements available Australia-wide, Dylan considers himself lucky to have been accepted. “RMC only offers work placements twice a year,” he said. “I had to submit a 250-word essay, my resume and a charac- ter reference from school. “I only got my acceptance letter 10 days before I started, I honestly thought I didn’t get in.” As the only interstate participant in the program, Dylan’s mum Jenny Burgess drove him to Canberra. Although the trip cost around $1000, Jenny says it was worth every cent. “This is the path Dylan has chosen,” she said. “I was fortunate I could take him, there would be many kids who wouldn’t be able to go because their par- ents work full-time. “Dylan could have done his work ex- perience locally, but he wanted to follow his dream.” Starting at 7.30am every day, the week included lectures on military history, ob- stacle courses, weapon simulation and handling. “There was only a few things we weren’t allowed to do,” Dylan explained. “We couldn’t climb the 10 foot wall, just in case we fell. “Holding the assault rifles and rocket launchers was definitely the highlight. “We had four soldiers who had served in Afghanistan speak to us, which was very interesting.” With two years of school left before starting his military career, Dylan is wast- ing no time getting prepared. “I want to spend four years as a nor- mal soldier,” Dylan said. “Once I have that combat experience, I want to study to be an officer. “To be accepted you need to pass physical, physiological and numeracy tests, so I’m going to do everything I can to be ready.” Jenny couldn’t be a prouder Mum. “Dylan’s a quiet achiever,” she said. “I spoke to the principal, and he said he’s never heard of any local student being accepted into Duntroon for work experi- ence. “It’s always been Dylan’s dream to serve his country, and although it will be hard if he gets deployed, at least I know he’ll be doing something he loves.” Dylan gets a taste of Army life Dylan gets a taste of Army life • AMAZING EXPERIENCE: Irymple Secondary College’s Dylan Winslade has recently returned from a week at the Royal Military College in Duntroon, Canberra. RIGHT: Dylan at home with mum Jenny Burgess. INSET: Dylan always wanted to be a soldier, here he is aged seven dressed in camouflage, helmet on and saluting. We have all the right people for all your labour needs! All workers are VEVO checked.
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