Orange High School year 10 student Jessica Weir had the opportunity to see first hand the technical trades of the Royal Australian Air Force in a program dedicated for young women.
The 15-year-old said she traveled to Wagga Wagga in early March to experience air force life after being an Air Force Cadet for three years.
"It was an amazing opportunity to undertake the week long work experience and my school and family supported me the entire time," she said.
"I found out about the program on my own when I was looking online and wanted to be apart of it because I wanted to learn more about what the air force offers for women.
"When I finish high school, I'm deciding whether I would like to be a pilot or work in aerotechnics."
Miss Weir said while she was at the base she got to see a virtual flight marshalling simulator, a few plane engines up close and met with air force personnel.
Royal Australian Air Force manager of gender and inclusion Sergeant Kat Liston said Miss Weir was a stand-out candidate as she showed immense passion for the force.
"With Jessica's experience as an air force cadet, she exhibited the values that we look for in a future defence member," she said.
Sergeant Liston said the program is aimed to let women know about the exciting and challenge careers available as part of its commitment to enhance diversity and inclusion in the force.
"We're trying to make the force accessible to women as they show strength and courage through vulnerability," she said.
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