Karrakatta: Clontarf teens get inside look into army life at Irwin Barracks

Tpr Lisa Browne, Rahiem Nuggett (15) and Rhys Johnston-Diack (15). The Army is hosting 40 boys and mentors from the Clontarf Foundation at Irwin Barracks, Karrakatta Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au   d473060
Tpr Lisa Browne, Rahiem Nuggett (15) and Rhys Johnston-Diack (15). The Army is hosting 40 boys and mentors from the Clontarf Foundation at Irwin Barracks, Karrakatta Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d473060

STUDENTS from nine Clontarf academies in WA were given an inside look at life in the army during a visit to Irwin Barracks last week.

Forty 15-year-old boys spent two days at the Karrakatta base where they took part in a special program showing them what soldiers do day-to-day, the equipment they work with, their accommodation and the training defence personnel undertake .

Major John Liston said it included trips in army vehicles and firing weapons in the indoor simulation range.“It’s is a great opportunity for us to show the boys from Clontarf what we do” he said.

“The Army wants to engage with youth and indigenous organisations and this (program) does both.”

Major Liston said the program would bring out characteristics including attention, focus, discipline, concentration and teamwork in the group.

“They are things a lot of people say the youth don’t have today, (but) you’ll probably find they do and it’s a good opportunity for the young boys to see that,” he said.

Xavier Menage, Clontarf Foundation regional manager for central WA , said the program offered the visiting teenagers exposure to the type of opportunities, training and life available through the Defence Force.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for our boys to have exposure to the type of career pathways they can have with Defence,” he said.