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April 26, 2012
CPL Max Bree
MOST children follow their parents into
the military, but a father who followed
his son's example graduated from the
300th intake of Navy recruits from HMAS
Cerberus on March 30.
Recruit Brendon Hill, 51, exchanged
salutes and a tearful hug with son
FLGOFF Byron Hill -- a C-130 Hercules
pilot who had just returned from opera-
tions in the Middle East -- following the
Before joining the Navy, RCT Hill did
various jobs including taxi driving and
labouring and completed a Bachelor of
"I have had a few careers so some
would say I am a jack of all trades, mas-
ter of none," he said.
"I was so proud to see my son and
my grandson turned out in military dress,
exchanging salutes, followed with a hug."
RCT Hill said he was drawn to the
Navy because of to his love of the sea.
He had few problems with the fit-
ness thanks to an old job as a lifeguard at
Southport in Queensland.
"They hardest thing about recruit
school was being away from my family
and the lack of sleep," he said.
Among the 75 sailors to graduate were
nine indigenous men and women from
the Defence Indigenous Development
Program in North Queensland.
Among them was 24-year-old
Thursday Islander RCTBM Jordie Lenoy,
who took out the coveted Recruit of the
Intake and the Sportsperson of the Intake
Of the graduates, seven were under
18 when the course began and three cel-
ebrated their 18th birthdays at Cerberus.
Defence Science, Personnel and
Indigenous Health Minister Warren
Snowdon was on hand to congratulate the
Navy's newest graduates.
RCTCIS Tyrone Landl won the first
WO-N Award for displaying the high-
est regard for Navy values and signature
The Divisional CPO, CPOCSM Mark
McClure, marched with his recruits in his
last graduation parade, after mentoring
his first intake with GE 266 (Moran).
"I felt extremely proud and honoured
to be a platoon commander for GE 300,
especially as this was my last graduation
prior to posting to HMAS Watson after
three-and-a-half years at the RAN Recruit
School," CPOCSM McClure said.
Participants in the Defence Indigenous
Development Program were selected
from across North Queensland to under-
take a seven-month course in Cairns
that aimed to provide young indigenous
adults with life skills and confidence to
get jobs and stay working.
They were also offered the opportu-
nity join the ADF.
300th intake graduates PROUD : Recruit
Brendon Hill, right,
gives his son, Flying
Officer Byron Hill, a
hug after graduating
from the RAN Recruit
School at HMAS
All photos: LSIS Jo Dilorenzo
IN STEP: Minister for Defence Science, Personnel and Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon, speaks to
RCTBM Jordie Lenoy, who was named Recruit of the Intake and the Sportsperson of the Intake.
EYES RIGHT: Recruits from General Entry 300
conduct a march past during their graduation parade.
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