Lt Ingrid Gillingham receives her award from Chief of Army, Major General Tim Keating
Twenty-five Officer Cadets graduated from Officer Cadet School on December 7, having successfully completed 12 months of rigorous training.
Family and friends of the graduating cadets, New Zealand Defence Force staff and overseas dignitaries attended the graduation ceremony at Waiouru Army camp. Chief of Army, Major General Tim Keating, Land Training Doctrine Group Deputy Commander Colonel Paul King and Land Component Commander Brigadier Mark Wheeler, ONZM, were also present.
At the graduation ceremony, the cadets, accompanied by the New Zealand Army Band, performed a series of parade drills which they concluded with a rousing haka.
Ten major prizes, including the Lieutenant Tim O’Donnell, DSD, Memorial Leadership Award and the Sword of Honour, were awarded.
The graduates will commence training with their corps in January.
Former Macleans College student, Ingrid Gillingham, was one of 25 Cadets who graduated from the Waiouru based Officer Cadet School on December 7.
At Wednesday’s Graduation, Lieutenant Gillingham was awarded one of the ten major prizes; “The Australian Chief of Army’s Prize for Tactics”, which is awarded to the Officer Cadet gaining the highest aggregate marks in Tactics subjects
Lt Gillingham joined the New Zealand Army straight from school, and participated in the Kippenberger Scheme (a tertiary study scheme which allows selected Officer Cadets to complete an army funded bachelors degree through Massey University), where she gained an applied economics qualification.
Lt Gillingham joined the New Zealand Army as she was looking for a job with variety and one that would not see her ‘tied to an office job’.
A highlight of her time as an Officer Cadet was participating in a 5 day survival exercise, where Cadets had to live off water and whatever they could catch or create. However, conditions in Waiouru, particularly the snow, were the most difficult aspects of her time at OCS. The biggest learning that Lt Gillingham will take away from her time at OCS is “thinking what can be done for her soldiers”.
Lt Gillingham graduated into the Corps of Engineers and is looking forward to undertaking basic engineer training in Sydney in the New Year. Following this, Lt Gillingham may be posted to Waiouru to work with new recruits at The Army Depot (TAD).
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