January 1968 I joined the Australian Army as an Army Apprentice at The Australian Army Apprentice School at Balcombe on the Mornington Peninsula, south of Melbourne.
Here I was Educated in skills of a Motor Vehicle Mechanic, a Soldier & furthered my Education for 3 years. In December 1970 I Graduated from the Australian Army Apprentice School.
In January 1972 I headed off to my first posting as a qualified Vehicle Mechanic/Soldier to 9 Transport Company at Lavarack Barracks in Townsville . This was my first time out of Victoria, and Arriving in Townville only 3 weeks after Cyclone Althea had devastated the region. Water was still lying everywhere and with the high temperatures, the humidity was up over 95% was a real culture shock to my system. while at 9 Transport Company I done 1 trip to the tip of Cape York, many trips to the Cooktown area and the Gulf of Carpentaria. I even had 8 or 9 weeks at Shoalwater Bay Army Training area near Rockhampton. On a few of these trips I did get a small chance to look about, but most of the time I was kept extremely busy keeping most of the Army Equipment operational.