Private Gilmore Marching Out

Local, Kate Gilmore, was pictured in full Army dress uniform, after Marching Out at Kapooka, Wagga Wagga

Local, Kate Gilmore, was pictured in full Army dress uniform, after Marching Out at Kapooka, Wagga Wagga

Kate Gilmore, from Rainbow Beach, has completed a grueling ten weeks of basic training in Kapooka, Wagga Wagga last month as the first stage of the Australian Defence Force Gap Year program.

The course transitions civilians into soldiers. Kate learnt how to shoot, survive and adapt. They had to effectively employ basic infantry weapons, navigate, operate communications equipment, survive in multiple threat environments in urban, close, and open terrain, by day and by night.

After a day-and-a-half of leave after the parade and time with family, she was transferred to Puckapunyal  in Victoria, for training as a driver specialist.

Mid-year, Kate will be posted to an Army base in Australia, as part of the Transport Corp.

Congratulations Kate!