11 September 2018
Acting Corporal Courtney McClintock was named top recruit at the recent Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) recruitment course graduation.
“Everyone put in so much effort and just to be picked as the top is a pretty amazing experience,” Acting Corporal McClintock said.
She was presented with the Lawson Cup and Warrant Officer of the Air Force Coin at the ceremony at Base Woodbourne last month.
She graduated alongside 52 other recruits who have completed the three-month training course.
“There have been lots of challenges over the past 13 weeks, but it’s so cool to see how much everyone’s grown and how much you notice yourself growing as well,” she said.
Woodbourne’s Command and Recruit Training Squadron Chief Instructor Flight Sergeant Malcolm Walshe said there were a number of attributes Acting Corporal McClintock displayed that earned her the top award.
“Her positive attitude, high level of situational awareness and desire to achieve high standards has made her stand out as one of the high performers on the course. She should be pleased with her efforts, because she is now poised to develop into an effective airman.”
Acting Corporal McClintock, who grew up in Ashburton and went to Mt Hutt College, also has a cousin in the RNZAF, but there were a number of factors involved in her decision to enlist with the military.
“The Air Force just appealed to me in heaps of ways – the travel, the like-mindedness of everyone I talk to, they are really passionate about their jobs.”
She is looking forward to seeing where the Air Force takes her.
“It should be fun,” she said. “It’s a career where I can always be developing myself, helping others and doing something different every day.”
“I would recommend the Air Force as a career because it provides so many opportunities.”