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From council customer service to urban assaults

Posted: 7am 30 Jul 2021
Images: LACW Emma Schwenke
Story: Flight Lieutenant Chloe Stevenson


Private Will Yet Foy’s day job is with Moreton Bay Council but, as a reservist rifleman deployed on Exercise Talisman Sabre (TS21), he’s been in action conducting urban assault training in North Queensland.

Private Yet Foy is deployed to the Townsville Field Training Area and he and other reservists have been training at Line Creek Junction, a custom-built township complete with a local pub, bakery, butcher shop and a bank.

The reservist from the 9th Battalion, Royal Queensland Regiment, says he’s loving the opportunity to get out of the office and into the bush when working with the Army.

“It's great. I really love it,” Private Yet Foy says.

“I joined the Army Reserve because I wanted to do something in Defence but I couldn't commit to it full-time. Army Reserve was the way I could do that.

“In my day job, I work for Moreton Bay Regional Council in a customer service role and I have been working there for about 15 years.

“I love my job, but it's really nice to get in a totally different head space and do something completely different.

“Like today, we have been going through an urban training package with the 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, bringing (reservists) up to speed and to the standard where we can work together to do the same level of work as the full-time Army members.

Grateful for opportunity

“It's really good that work was able to give me time off to do this kind of thing.

“For myself, and a lot of the other reservists I work with, we have a good relationship with our work and our supervisors and it’s great we are able to take this time off for the Army Reserve.”

Private Yet Foy says the training he and his Army Reserve unit receive on TS21 will enable him and his team to take some lessons learnt home to his Brisbane unit.

“It's really good for our reserve unit as well, because the guys that I am here with – the non-commissioned officers – will be able to go back and train our other reservists at home in this kind of urban training, so they get something out of it as well,” Private Yet Foy says.

“To be able to get outside into the bush, crawl around and get dirty, it’s great.

“It’s chalk-and-cheese with my other work, but it’s really good to have a different head space to climb into with my Army Reserve work.”

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