Ian Langford - Expectations

Running time
1 min 30 sec
Date made
Department of Veterans' Affairs


My expectation was to join a professional organisation that was responsible for generating armed force on behalf of the nation. So understanding the institution that you're becoming part of and the obligations of service that come with mentoring and fostering 120 years of service and commitment on behalf of the nation, I think, is really important.

You know, the uniform you wear not only demonstrates the sort of person that you are but also the institution that you represent and that manifests in all sorts of things to include customs and traditions, but also morals and ethics. And the other piece is to be part of something bigger, to be part of the national story, to be able to point to a higher purpose.

And I think a lot of people who join the army do that, they're not quite sure what experience that they're in for but they're motivated by all sorts of things to include access to technology to be able to work as part of a team to be trusted and important in the context of capability, but also, to serve. And this notion of service, I think, remains really important in terms of our people and what motivates them in uniform but also how our community values the army and the institution that's been around since Federation.

Was this page helpful?
We can't respond to comments or queries via this form. Please contact us with your query instead.