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He even went back for a 2nd go!
Details have been altered for confidentiality.
Bruce (not his real name) had been working in the banking industry and was getting very cheesed off with the mundanity of it all.
Not being the physical type he decided to join the Air Force when he was told he could have an apprenticeship as a vehicle mechanic (officially a Motor Transport Fitter).
Due to being "given" a trade he had to sign on for a longer period than normal entry.
He enjoyed his apprentice training period but says things began to take a steady downhill slide from there on.
As Bruce says, if he had something to do he wouldn't have minded. But after fixing everything he possibly could on a succession of his own cars, building himself a trailer (he supplied the materials) he then ground to a halt. After dropping a number of hints he was allowed to disappear to the carpentery shop and provided he supplied the materials he could amuse himself. Once he hit his furniture limit (there is only so much you can cram into "on base" accomodation) he was again bored.
But surely, I asked, there are vehicles to maintain? "Sort of", "all the new cars are under waranty and we are not allowed to do anything to them". Well what about trucks and fork lifts and things like that? "No, there are specific mechanics for those vehicles".
Bruce was then offered, along with his entire muster (all those with that qualification) redundancy.
As he could no longer stand the boredom he took it and left for civilian life. He decided that it was time for a change and got a job in a furniture factory (well, he had learnt those skills in the carpentery shop hadn't he!).
This lasted for about 12 months and by that time he was dissatisfied with the low pay and production line. On seeing an Air Force recruiting ad he decided to suss it out. It turned out they were very short in a certain non-aircrew muster and as he had only been out a little over a year he could re-enter without having to do initial (recruit) training again. On that understanding he signed up. He then had a delayed start date as he was not required until the rest of his muster had completed their recruit training.
He then joined the course and was one month into it when they were all offered redundancy as the air force had decided to reorganise and let tenders for commercial provision of that function. It would seem the left hand and the right hand didn't even know who each other were, let alone what each was doing!
Because he and others did not take up the offer they saw the course to completion and were posted to the remaining military jobs in that function. Then subsequently he was offered the opportunity to become an officer. He states the less said about this whole procedure the better, but that it was a farce that if he hadn't experienced it he wouldn't believe it. With graduation and achieving his commission he returned to his function (muster) and was allocated an important job with the requirement to make progress reports, a strict deadline and was under considerable pressure to perform to a set time table. The deadline was 12 months from the commencement date and in the 11th month he was told that his project was now cancelled and he would be allocated something else. To say he was annoyed would be quite an understatement! The whole system he had been developing had been cancelled as, guess what? That area was being let to commerical tender.
Guess who accepted yet another redundancy package that was being offered?
Bruce is now in the state public service, he can see a stable career path before him and says he will not be lining up for a 3rd enlistment.
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