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1/20/2009 2:19am,
I'm literally a week from my appointment ceremony as an officer in the Royal Australian Navy now. I'm going to be leaving for the Royal Australian Naval College in Jervis Bay, and spend six months doing my NEOC course, followed by a six month period in the fleet to consolidate my training and gain first-hand experience as a seaman officer.

Following this, i will spend 3 three years at the Australian Defence Force Academy studying a bachelor of science and furthering my military training. On the completion of my university degree, and my graduation from ADFA I'll continue my training as a seaman officer until I'm a fully qualified Officer of the Watch.

As I'm sure many of you can imagine, this is a big deal for me. I've worked hard to pass the selection process and achieve the necessary academic results in High School, the fact that this has paid off is immensely satisfying. The knowledge that i finally have the opportunity to serve my country in a meaningful way, travel the world, further my education and skill set and work with some super-cool technology leaves me thoroughly excited.

At the same time though, I'm leaving my family, friends, home,dojo and life behind. I'm going in to the great unknow and i have to confess to feeling somewhat apprehensive. My resolve to follow this path is unwavering, but this will definately be a big change.

I'm proud to have the opportunity to serve as an officer and I intend to do the best I can in the service of my country. What i ask of you my fellow bullies, is any advice and wisdom you feel will help me in my sexy new career. :icon_thum

1/20/2009 3:22am,
:new_black Good luck, congartulations on getting accepted and on your choice of carreer. Guys like you are proof that having convicts for ancestors is no excuse for not getting on in life. :new_black

1/20/2009 6:07am,
Thanks for that mate, although my parents are actually Croatian:occasion1

1/20/2009 10:02am,
Thanks for that mate, although my parents are actually Croatian:occasion1
Look you lie down with dogs you get fleas right :)

1/20/2009 10:29am,
Good luck, and remember puke off the stern, not the bow.

1/20/2009 11:41am,
Best of luck! Remember to buy US Marines a pint when you have shore leave with them...

1/20/2009 8:36pm,
Good luck, fair winds and flowing seas. Tis a grand adventure you are about to embark upon.

1/20/2009 8:42pm,
Hey congrats! Endless possibilities. Don't blow it knocking up a whore at your first shore leave!!

Otherwise, have a blast. And don't puke into the wind!