JOIN US: Mayor Paul Pisasale, Sub-Lieutenant Jon Klaebe (centre) and cadets from TS Ipswich at the Orion Lagoon recruitment drive at the weekend.
JOIN US: Mayor Paul Pisasale, Sub-Lieutenant Jon Klaebe (centre) and cadets from TS Ipswich at the Orion Lagoon recruitment drive at the weekend.

On the lookout for new recruits

THE city's navy cadet unit took up a post at Orion Lagoon over the weekend as it continues the search for new recruits.

Currently 40-strong, TS Ipswich operates out of the Army Reserve depot on Milford St, Ipswich, but cadets often find themselves visiting the great Australian Navy ships, or going on open sea adventures to really test out the sea legs.

TS Ipswich executive officer Sub-Lieutenant Paul Andrews said the cadet unit was ready to take on anyone with the desire to learn about life in the Navy.

"Being a cadet will give you an inherent sense of discipline and respect, and a grounding to become a good member of the community," Sub-Leut Andrews said.

"The cadets take part in all sorts of activities, including rifle shooting and ship visits, with the occasional sea-ride.

"We've got up to 40 cadets on the books at the moment but really we can take a lot more - there's no limit."

The weekend's drive resulted in some good interest from the community, and it is not too late to put your hand up.

This recruiting drive was a great way for the local community and cadets and staff to interact," Sub-Lieut Andrews said.

"Many people commented that it was great in seeing some navy uniforms out in the community. The cadets had planned on a ships visit to the HMAS Canberra the following week however it has been cancelled with the HMAS Canberra heading to Fiji for help their devastated country," he said.

Anyone interested in joining TS Ipswich which operates out of the Army Reserve depot at Milford St, Ipswich is advised to contact the Commanding Officer Lieutenant Andrew Shortland ANC on 0466 422 304 or email tsipswich@cadetnet.gov.au.



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