Featured Mentors

Bram Connolly

CAREER STATS

TIME IN ARMY – 20 YEARS
CORP – INFANTRY
CAREER – SPECIAL FORCES
RANK ACHIEVED – MAJOR
AWARDS – DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDAL

SPECIALTY SKILLS

Bram’s main role within the commando regiment was as an officer, previous to this he was a sniper supervisor and an expert in weapons. He was trained in mountain warfare including skiing and rock climbing in arduous conditions.

WHAT I ENJOY MOST ABOUT BEING A MENTOR

“I enjoy inspiring others to be the best Version of themselves in an effort to Realising their goals. I had such a Great career and i want people to see how a job in the Australian Defence Force could open up all sorts of doors for them into the future.”    Bram Connolly

Reece Dewar

CAREER STATS

TIME IN ARMY – 23 YEARS
CORP – INFANTRY
CAREER – SPECIAL FORCES
RANK ACHIEVED – CAPTAIN
AWARDS – ORDER OF AUSTRALIA MEDAL

SPECIALTY SKILLS

Reece is an instructor in pretty much everything you need to start and finish a war. Demolitions, close quarter battle, amphibious operations. He’s also a master scuba diver trainer and has academic qualifications in leadership, management and training design.

WHAT I ENJOY MOST ABOUT BEING A MENTOR

“Having a young family I am always inspired by the direction my children are traveling. One of my biggest achievements has been the creation of my most important team (my family). The ability to inspire others and watch them achieve their goals is very rewarding.”    Reece Dewar

Selena Clancy

CAREER STATS

TIME IN ARMY – 22 YEARS
CORP – MEDICAL
CAREER – GENERAL SERVICE OFFICER
RANK ACHIEVED – MAJOR
AWARDS – SILVER TRAINING COMMANDERS, COMMENDATIONS & JOINT OPERATIONS COMMANDERS GOLD COMMENDATION

SPECIALTY SKILLS

Selena has worked all over the army. She has an intimate knowledge of how it all works. Ranging from defence force recruiting, human resources and special forces support officer she’s a wealth of information. Selena has also deployed overseas to some of the world’s worst trouble spots.

WHAT I ENJOY MOST ABOUT BEING A MENTOR

“My military career has afforded me the most incredible experiences and culminated at the highest point, supporting elite special forces soldiers. If you are a woman who wants a career that will challenge you and release your fullest potential, WarriorU is the program you need. Don’t be left behind!”    Selena Clancy

Simon Ozanne

CAREER STATS

TIME IN AIR FORCE – 20 YEARS
MUSTERING – AIRCREW/PILOT
CAREER – AIR MOBILITY
RANK ACHIEVED – SQUADRON LEADER
AWARDS – AIR COMMANDER & JOINT OPERATIONS COMMANDER SILVER COMMENDATIONS

SPECIALTY SKILLS

Military aviation, particularly special missions, has made him an accomplished and qualified pilot with many thousands of hours on multiple aircraft and with numerous operational ratings. He also has qualifications as a flying instructor, in aviation safety, risk management and operational planning.

WHAT I ENJOY MOST ABOUT BEING A MENTOR

“My successes in the military and post service were directly attributable to my mentors; the officers and airman who through their sound leadership, knowledge, courage and inspiration, have helped me reach my full potential. In the same way, being able to inspire, mentor and challenge others as they contemplate or commence their careers in the military, is extremely rewarding.”    Simon Ozanne

Anthony Plater

CAREER STATS

TIME IN ARMY – 27 YEARS
CORP – INFANTRY
CAREER – SPECIAL FORCES
RANK ACHIEVED – WARRANT OFFICER 2

SPECIALTY SKILLS

Anthony progressed through the ranks within the special forces, holding supervisor qualifications within close quarter combat, demolitions and military roping. Anthony is also a level 1 cross fit coach, and is currently studying level 3 and 4 in fitness.

WHAT I ENJOY MOST ABOUT BEING A MENTOR

“Mentoring others has always been an interest to me, whether it be in a work capacity mentoring through career goals, or in a fitness capacity. Mentoring others to hit their goals gives me great enjoyment and satisfaction.”
“Plats” Anthony Plater

Mick Slattery

CAREER STATS

TIME IN ARMY – 26 YEARS
CORP – MEDICAL
CAREER – SPECIAL FORCES
RANK ACHIEVED – WARRANT OFFICER CLASS 2
AWARDS – GOLD SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMENDATION

SPECIALTY SKILLS

Mick has held varied roles within the Army from Instructional, Land Command, Medical and Leadership positions. He is a Senior Clinician and Instructor in Close Quarter Fighting, he has spent over half his career within the Special Forces Group, following completion of selection and reinforcement training. He is a current Intensive Care Paramedic, passionate about fitness and is completing his Bachelor of Nursing with CQU.

WHAT I ENJOY MOST ABOUT BEING A MENTOR

Instruction and education has always been a mainstay of my life and career. I believe that the passage of knowledge and sharing and shaping of ideals is central in personnel development. Personal sovereignty and following your path is what we all aspire to.   “Slats” Mick Slattery

Jones Fraser

CAREER STATS

TIME IN ARMY – 20 YEARS
CORPS – BAND, MEDICAL AND AVIATION
CAREER – MUSICIAN, PHYSICAL TRAINING INSTRUCTOR & AIR CREWMAN
RANK ACHIEVED – SERGEANT

SPECIALTY SKILLS

My most recent role in the army saw me operate as an aircrewman in Blackhawk helicopters. I was responsible for troop movement in and around the aircraft, hoisting operations and external load operations. I also operated the aircraft weapons systems, the window mounted ‘door guns’. We were essentially the pilot’s ‘eyes’ around and behind the aircraft.

WHAT I ENJOY MOST ABOUT BEING A MENTOR

“To me it’s about having the ability to see something in a person that they may not yet see in themselves. With the right guidance and mentorship people can be guided to achieve extraordinary things. I had an incredibly diverse career and I want to show people that they can do anything and be anything they want, if they have the right knowledge, skills and attitude to enable it.”
“Lee” Jones Fraser

McQuilty Quirke

CAREER STATS:

TIME IN ARMY – 18 YEARS
CORP – MEDICAL
RANK ACHIEVED – SERGEANT
AWARDS – NURSING SERVICE CROSS

SPECIALTY SKILLS:

Coco’s primary role within the Army was teaching new medical technician specialists. He provided leadership and mentoring to all ranks and support and motivation to those suffering from injuries, illnesses and wounds. Coco has received extensive training to save lives in the pre-hospital space, and is currently studying a bachelor of sports and exercise science at JCU.

WHAT I ENJOY MOST ABOUT BEING A MENTOR

“I thoroughly enjoy the opportunity to help anyone reach their goals. I believe that you can aspire to do or be anything with dedication and commitment. My army career was such a positive and rewarding experience I want young people to have the same opportunities. I love my life, my family and I wouldn’t change anything.”   
“Coco” McQuilty Quirke

Cheyne Jones

CAREER STATS

TIME IN ARMY – 14 YEARS
CORPS – AUSTINT
CAREER – GOVERNMENT INTELLIGENCE ANALYST
RANK ACHIEVED – SGT

SPECIALTY SKILLS

During my time in the Army, on top of the all corps skills, I achieved a Diploma in Applied Korean Linguistics, a Top Secret security clearance, an Advanced Diploma of Leadership and Management, intelligence analysis, Psychological Operations management and Interrogation management.

WHAT I ENJOY THE MOST ABOUT BEING A MENTOR

“I have chosen to volunteer as a mentor because it gives me satisfaction to know that I am helping someone. I have three children and take a lot of pride in knowing that I am preparing them for their future endeavours. I spent just shy of 14 years in the Australian Army, I miss not having junior soldiers to impart my knowledge on to. The opportunity to assist people on their way to becoming future soldiers is an opportunity I can’t afford to not be part of.”
Cheyne Jones