Duntroon Royal Military College dad's career begins

JUGGLING a family would be tough at the best of times let alone when you are training at the Royal Military College as well.

But it proved to be a challenge worthwhile for Wodonga man James Haggerty who has recently graduated at Duntroon after 18 months of training.

The father to six-month-old Ethan told army public relations it was a difficult task getting the balance right between work and family.

“The Royal Military College has been supportive throughout — from helping my wife, Rachael, adjust to life at RMC to taking me off course so I could be present at my son’s birth,” he said.

Mr Haggerty plans to continue his training in the artillery corps and work with the counter rocket, artillery and mortar system.

Albury man Matthew Reid has also graduated and will continue his training in the Australian Army Aviation Corps.

Mr Reid said he wanted to experience something different.

He did not know what he wanted to do in life but after beginning at Duntroon he decided to train to become a helicopter pilot.

“I believe you should aim high because you never know how high you can reach,” he said.

Mr Reid said even though training was tough, it was a rewarding experience and being able to say he graduated was the proudest day of his life.

Mr Reid will be responsible for tactical transport of infantry soldiers, search and rescue, medical evacuation and disaster relief.

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