Case study: Mark wanted to serve his country without the forced moves

How Mark went from infantry to facilities manager in the Victorian Government.

Mark Ryan - Veteran

Mark Ryan

Facilities Management Officer, Department of Treasury and Finance

What veterans bring to the public service

'I wanted to continue to serve my country, without the obligatory forced moves. The public service sector has a large range of roles and opportunities that allow for a fulfilling and challenging career.'

'Veterans have a unique outlook. It allows us to provide fresh approaches to issues and challenges faced by departments in their daily business.'

'Employers should understand that veterans come from an intensive team environment. For them, the hardest part of the interview process will not be answering your questions but using the word "I" instead of "we".'

Mark's work history

Mark enlisted in the army in 1988 into the Royal Australian Infantry Corp. He worked in several infantry companies within the 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment. He then transitioned to the Royal Australian Army Ordnance Corp, where he stayed for 16 years.

Mark spent time at the General Staff Division, Canberra Army Office, and was deployed to East Timor and the Sinai in Egypt.

He was promoted to Sergeant in 1999 by His Excellency, General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd). After a posting in Sydney, Mark moved to Melbourne and served with the 4th Combat Service Support Battalion.

Mark had a final posting to the Watsonia Training Development Centre before leaving the ADF in 2009.

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