Bridgette drives home

GYMPIE girl Bridgette Curran had a homecoming of sorts this week supporting an exercise at the Australian army's Wide Bay training area near Tin Can Bay.

Private Curran is posted to the CTC transport cell in Townsville and has almost completed a year with the army.

At first it was just a gap year to see what she wanted to do after school, but now Bridgette has signed on to stay another three years.

She said there were a “fair few” women in the army, but they couldn't do everything the boys did and go on the front lines, one place she wouldn't want to be.

Bridgette signed up for a year in November 2008, after graduating from St Patrick's College in 2007.

Not wanting to start university straight away was her motivation, but she now has a job in the transport corps driving trucks for a living.

“I think (doing the gap year is) a good idea instead of signing up for four years,” she said. “That way you get to find out if you are really cut out for army life.”

For a short time during basic training it was tough going, she said, but you get used to it.

“I have never done anything like it before, I didn't really think that I could,” she said.

Bridgette has seen her family (her parents are well known couple, Mick and Jacqui Curran) a few times since arriving at Camp Kerr two weeks ago and heads back to Townsville next week.

She hopes to one day travel overseas with the army.

Gympie Times


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