Reserves give Marc taste of Army life
Tuesday, 12th March, 2013
By Gayle Ball
Marc Peduto is one step closer to achieving his lifelong dream of a career in the Defence Force after undergoing a one-month intensive training course and joining the local Army Reserve.
Mr Peduto, 28, said being part of the Reserve would allow him to continue his full time job at Sureway Employment while also keeping busy as a father to his daughter Brianna and another baby girl who is due to be born in early May.
"I always wanted a career in the Army," Mr Peduto said after returning from his training at Kapooka.
"I would look at the regular Army, maybe just in a couple of years, just because I enjoyed it so much.
"Joining the Reserves was a good way to start off."
The 28-day course included fitness, weapons training, dealing with section attacks and four days of camping out in the field.
Mr Peduto said it was mentally and physically challenging but he was able to stick it out.
Two months before he was due to do the training, he began swimming and running to improve his fitness in readiness for the challenge.
He also leaned on the team at the local Army Barracks for support and now that he is back in Broken Hill he will undergo more training to become a qualified Rifleman.
The Army Reserve is made up of everyday Aussies who are ready to step up to any challenge - if and when the country needs.
Reservists are required to work a minimum of 20 days a year and have the opportunity to go on exercises, deployments and training.
For more information about the Army Reserve, call 13 19 01.