Young engineering students were unaware that the Royal Australian Air Force offered exciting roles for them in communication/radio engineering and technician roles.
The Australian Defence Force prohibits the disclosure of any information pertaining to recruitment targets or military personnel.
In the Royal Australian Air Force, engineers are responsible for constructing, repairing and maintaining the Air Force’s array of communications equipment, including radio systems. The idea was to directly test the skills of potential recruits in an interesting and hands-on way. When they constructed the radio that was mailed out to potential candidates, they were able to tune in to the Air Force ad and learn about the roles that might suit them. The use of a dedicated radio station provided an immediate payoff, giving successful students a codeword and URL. Once online, students could register their details to be contacted by the recruiting Officers.