Defence Training takes Andrew to new heights

IGS alumnus Andrew Farmery (2019) is making his dreams of serving in the Australian Defence Force a reality.

The former IGS House Leader joined the Australian Defence Force as a Navy Helicopter Pilot, but still has a long road ahead before he gets his wings.

Andrew is spending 2020 undergoing Naval Officer Training, before starting a Bachelor of Arts at the Australian Defence Force Academy in 2021.

Upon completion of his degree, he will commence flight training all around Australia and is expected to be fully qualified by 2028.

It was his dad, who served in the Royal Australian Air Force, who was the driving force behind Andrew’s career path. 

“As soon as I was old enough I applied. The Navy really stood out to me, although their primary role is warfare they are constantly involved with humanitarian aid and border protection, which make for both exciting and varied career opportunities,” Andrew said.

“I’m most excited about learning to fly some of the most advanced planes and helicopters available in the world and the opportunity to be deployed on operations where I can do my bit to help defend Australia,” he said.

Reflecting on his time at IGS, Andrew said he is grateful for the opportunities he had to develop his leadership abilities.

“I found the SAGE Program particularly helpful in providing experiences outside of the normal school curriculum. Hiking the Overland Track in Tasmania was a particular highlight of mine and allowed me to put my abilities as a leader to the test.”

“The staff were always willing to give constructive feedback and help push me in the right direction. Being a House Leader helped me develop the organisational skills required out in the real world, as well as the confidence to manage and motivate large groups of people.”

IGS congratulates Andrew on his success and looks forward to watching his career progress.