Army Reserve Lance Corporal Michael Petersen is urging people to head along to the Army Reserve Open Day this Saturday.
Army Reserve Lance Corporal Michael Petersen is urging people to head along to the Army Reserve Open Day this Saturday. Ashley Clark

Army Reserve to open its doors

ARMY Reservist Lance Corporal Michael Petersen started in the 9th Battalion Royal Queensland Regiment six years ago.

He is urging anyone who wants to experience diversity and a challenge to head down to the Bundaberg Training Depot Open Day this Saturday to see what it takes to be part of the Army Reserve.

"If you want to try something that challenges you in a different field, then this is for you," he said.

The 24 year-old 9RQR Infantry soldier has put his body through a whole range of physical activities from using a wide range of weapon systems, utilising first aid and endurance marching.

He has flown in state of the art helicopters and planes and been deployed in armoured and protected mobility vehicles.

The fulltime business manager said he had learnt many valuable skills in the Army Reserve that he had been able to transfer to his civilian job, such as planning and leading a team to reacting and thinking quickly to unforseen occurrences.

"I think the reservists are extremely well-suited to the job that we do. We have a diverse background which compliments the regular forces," he said.

"As a reservist, I have had the opportunity to deploy overseas on OP Astute to assist in the stabilisation of the new nation of Timor Leste and I was also involved in flood assistance in Bundaberg.

"I have made many good mates from around Australia, as a reservist you will have the opportunity to work with many different reservists from all backgrounds.

"This gives you many opportunities to develop new skills in which will stay with you for life," Lance Corporal Peterson said.

Army Reserve Open Day

Where: Army Reserve depot at 50 Quay St, Bundaberg

When: Saturday, October 31

Time: 10am to 2pm



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