Leading Seaman Karen Dwyer
Leading Seaman Karen Dwyer Contributed

Travel the world on the Seven Seas with Australian Navy

FOR Carindale local, Karen Dwyer, every day in her job is a new challenge. The New Zealand born Leading Seaman enlisted in the Royal Australian Navy in September 2006 as a Maritime Logistics Officer.

Currently posted as a part of the Specialist Recruitment of Women in the Navy team, Karen says that there is nothing quite like life at sea.

"The first time I went to sea and woke up the following morning the shore had disappeared and there was nothing but ocean. That night, the stars were so bright; there were no city lights to interfere and it was really beautiful," Karen said.

"I think my time in the Navy has helped me grow as a person. I love that there's always something different going on and that there's no such thing as a 'typical day'.  Being in the Navy has given me enough freedom and a platform from which to jump beyond what I ever thought possible."

The Navy is a modern employer that provides a supportive working environment and opportunities for growth throughout your career.

"There are the obvious tangible benefits of Service - pay, travel, sport, friends but it's really the 'stuff' that can't be measured that makes me want to tell people why I think joining the Navy is an excellent career path," Karen said.

"The sense of self-worth and pride each time I put on my uniform is indescribable and it's really satisfying to know that my job is unlike any other. I consider myself very lucky to be able to say that I actually love my job."

Maritime Logistics Officers ensure Navy personnel and the Fleet receive the highest level of material and personnel support, both ashore and at sea in dynamic and challenging environments.

Honesty, Courage, Integrity and Loyalty are the guiding principles that form the Royal Australian Navy's code of values, which serve as a constant source of moral courage to take action.

The Navy is currently recruiting women for a number of roles including Maritime Warfare Officer, Communications Information Sailors, Electrical Technicians and Marine Technicians. For further information visit defencejobs.gov.au/navy/women or call 13 19 01.

Information session

If you are interested in hearing more about careers for women in the Royal Australian Navy, Leading Seaman Karen Dwyer will be holding an information session in Toowoomba on Tuesday, September 30 at pm, Defence Force Recruiting, Milne Bay Barracks, O'Quinn Street, Toowoomba. To book your seat phone Brett Powell on (07) 46138601 or email bpowell@dfr.com.au

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