A BENDIGO man has graduated from the Royal Military College.
Matthew Hawkey successfully completed 18 months of training at the Duntroon institution and will now join the Royal Australian Signal Corps.
The graduate, who also has a double degree in Business and Computing from La Trobe University, said he had enjoyed his time at RMC and is proud to serve Australia.
“Training at RMC has been an excellent way to obtain a secure job that will be professionally rewarding,” he said.
“In my role in the Royal Australian Signals Corps, leading Australian soldiers will be the proudest moment of my life.
“I was set for a career in the civilian world.
“I wanted something more though; I wanted something challenging, something different.
"I am proud to serve Australia in my role as an officer in the Army.”
Mr Hawkey said his family had been supportive of his decision to join the Army.
“My family was over the moon that I joined, that I was doing something worthwhile with my life. I was the first person in my family to join the military,” he said.
“My father has been a teacher at Catholic College Bendigo for 20 years and I know I am doing something he can be proud to tell his friends and students about.
“The training I receive here has been challenging, it pushes us to our limits, however, it is all achievable and the sense of accomplishment at the end, it is not like anything I can imagine I would receive in any other job.
"I am proud that I was trained at the Royal Military College.”