ARMY Reservist and ex-Gympie girl Krystelle Watts was awarded the Most Outstanding Soldier Award while on training at Kapooka in New South Wales.
ARMY Reservist and ex-Gympie girl Krystelle Watts was awarded the Most Outstanding Soldier Award while on training at Kapooka in New South Wales. Craig Warhurst

Watt a class act at Kapooka

KRYSTELLE Watts loves nothing better than shooting photos for her university degree, but she is equally at home shooting a semi automatic weapon in the army.

The 22-year-old Gympie girl has just been awarded the “Most Outstanding Soldier” while training in Kapooka after excelling in all areas of basic training including weapons, field craft, survival and drills.

Krystelle enlisted in the Army Reserve in May 2009 while studying a photography and journalism degree at Griffith University in Brisbane.

“I wanted to do something different, not just a desk job,” Krystelle said.

“In the Army Reserve you do something different every day.”

The ex-James Nash student is intending to join up full time in the army after she finishes her degree.

She will follow in her mother (Robyn) and father’s (Bruce) footsteps to become a signalman or radio operator while based at Enoggera in Brisbane.

But has plans to use her degree to become a war correspondent or an intelligence officer in the future.

She says she likes everything about the army and would recommend it to any young person who likes a challenge.

“I like everything ... the lifestyle, the people you meet,” Krystelle said.

“It is a great option for young people,” she said.

Krystelle was one of 10 girls in the group with 54 male soldiers.

“I felt at home and had no dramas,” Krystelle said.

“As long as you are not afraid to get your hands dirty, the boys are alright,” she said with a smile.

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