Taste of army life in store

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Next month, Gore High School Pupil Jacob Van Leeuwen (16) will experience what life in the army is like.

Jacob was chosen to take part in Defence Careers Experience, run by the New Zealand Defence Force.

“I’m really looking forward to it,” he said.

He will spend five days in Burnham Military Camp, in Canterbury.

“I’m very excited.”

Jacob plans to join the army after he leaves school at the end of year 13.

“I decided I wanted to join after watching the news and seeing what they did after the earthquakes and during disasters overseas.”

He applied for the experience through a link on social media.

“I decided this year I would take the opportunity.”

About 40 pupils in years 12 and 13 from throughout the country were chosen.

The experience was designed to give the pupils a taste of the service lifestyle and show them what career options were available in the army, navy and air force, Jacob said.

“It’s a good experience and would be a gateway into the army.”

Jacob said he had wanted to join the army for about a year now.

The experience would start on October 1.

“It starts in two weeks and I’m really excited.”

But he said he had no idea what to expect.

“We have just been told when we get there and when we leave. I expect we will be looking at what the army does and their training.”