Today we had a visit from two very special people, Rose & Glenn (Logan's parents). They are both in the Defence Force, and are Army soldiers.
|Rose and Glenn with Logan and his little sister Kaia.|
|Glenn showing us his webbing.|
Glenn and Rose told us that their main job was peacekeeping - helping, educating and rebuilding community. Sometimes they also have to provide an armed response. They often help after natural disasters. Glenn recently was posted in Fiji following the huge storms. He was Commander of 500 personnel including the Army, Air Force and Navy who all work together regularly. They took two very big boats with them (one of them had enough room on the deck for 4 helicopters to land, the other was big enough for a huge tank to park inside, but instead they took lots of supplies to help such as food, building supplies, water). They also took a special machine that can turn salt water into drink water
Rose and Glenn showed us their uniforms and 'kit' which includes:
- A uniform (there are different ones for different occasions but they include a camouflage one and an 'everyday one')
- Hats (sunhat, helmet, dress)
- Webbing (like a combination of a vest and a day pack)
- A big pack pack
- Special boots
- 3 x drink bottles
- Magazine (clips into a rifle)
- First Aid Kit
- Food (packaged into 1 day packs)
- Hootchie (a camouflage shelter, a camping mat, sleeping bag)
They explained how important it was to keep strong and healthy as they have so much gear to carry. They also have to do fitness and health tests every year.
Glenn explained how you can join the Army. When you turn 18 you can attend a seminar. If you join you go through initial training for 10-12 weeks in Waiouru. Depending on what you choose to do in the Army) nearly every role you can think of from the community is represented - e.g. Police, Fire, Ambulance, builders, mechanics, doctors, nurses, chefs), soldiers are posted in Waiouru, Auckland, Wellington, Palmerston North or Christchurch.
You can find out more about the NZ Army by clicking here.