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Young Australians invited to participate in Navy program

Minister for Defence Personnel and Veterans' Affairs, the Hon Darren Chester, MP, (centre) speaks with members of youth crew 19/18 aboard STS Young Endeavour. (Photo Credit: POIS Yuri Ramsey)

Applications have now opened for the Royal Australian Navy’s STS Young Endeavour program.

Applications have now opened for the Royal Australian Navy’s STS Young Endeavour program.

Australians aged 16-23 years have been invited to join Sail Training Ship (STS) Young Endeavour for voyages between May and December 2021, with applications officially open.


STS Young Endeavour is expected to visit NSW, Queensland and Victoria during the 11-day voyage, providing participants with the opportunity to interact with specially trained Royal Australian Navy personnel.  

Minister for Defence Personnel Darren Chester noted the benefits of the program.  

“Set in the unique training environment of a tall ship, the program helps youth increase self-awareness, build confidence, and develop teamwork, communication and leadership skills,” Minister Chester said.

“Each voyage helps participants move into adulthood with increased confidence and resilience. They also develop an understanding that they are capable of overcoming any challenges they might face after leaving the ship.”

Samantha Howard, a participant during the first voyage of 2021, reflected on her rewarding experience.


“Sailing in Young Endeavour has given me confidence to challenge myself more often,” she said. 

“It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity that you really can’t pass up.”

Minister Chester added: “The Young Endeavour Youth Scheme looks forward to expanding opportunities for youth to join Young Endeavour as restrictions are lifted and it becomes practical to do so.”

[Related: Navy-led youth program revived following temporary suspension]

Young Australians invited to participate in Navy program
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