Royal Military College (RMC) Graduate and Adelaide local Major Genevieve (Gen) Rueger is not only a role model for young women joining the ADF, but a shining example of why being persistent is key to your success and what can be achieved if you set your mind to it.
The accomplished Army officer and helicopter pilot, who is currently a Defence Force Recruiting Officer, completed Year 12 at an Adelaide all-girls school before walking straight into the male-dominated military environment at the age of 17 to chase her dream career in the ADF.
“I had my sights set on becoming a helicopter pilot from the outset, but I was open to other careers within Defence if that ended up not being an option for me,” Gen says.
“I strived for success in everything I did which assisted me to be competitive with my male counterparts and gain the respect of my peers.”
Gen says the reason she chose Defence over a civilian aviation career was the “unparalleled sense of adventure, challenge and excitement”.
“That adventurous lifestyle, the friendships and the people I’ve met while touring to countries around the world, and the vast array of opportunities presented to me is what has made my time in the military so special,” she says.
After graduating from the Australian Defence Force Academy, RMC and the ADF Pilot’s Course, Gen flew Blackhawk helicopters in support of ground and Special Forces and has deployed on a number of domestic and international exercises and operations, including East Timor and Afghanistan.
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