Major Katherine Green has dedicated almost a quarter of a century to the Australian Defence Force. She began her military life as a Cadet at the Mitcham Girls High School and Noarlunga Cadet Units in the 1980s, working her way up to Cadet Under Officer.
Her time as a Cadet gave Katherine a taste for what life would be like in the military and her parents encouraged her to consider a military career.
“In the Cadets I learnt the importance of responsibility, teamwork and friendship, things that have stayed with me throughout my adult life,” Major Green said.
After leaving high school, Katherine joined the Australian Army in a full-time capacity as General Service Officer in the Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers as it felt like a natural progression from Cadets.
During her 24 years of full-time service she has had many highlights including a role as Senior Military Recruiting Officer for Defence Force Recruiting South Australia and as Senior Career Manager during her involvement in Operation Gold, an operation in support of the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
“I’ve been very fortunate in the Army. As part of my job I’ve had the opportunity to travel around Australia and to the United States. Not everyone gets the chance to do that in their work,” she said.
Having recently transferred to the Army Reserve, Katherine’s current role as the Executive Officer of the South Australian Army Cadet Brigade has brought her full circle.
“It is so rewarding seeing the smiles on the Cadets’ faces when they have overcome their personal fears or managed to accomplish a challenge,” she said.
“I try and impart as much of my knowledge and experience as I can, because the experiences I’ve had have given me life long memories and many great friends.”
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