Leading Seaman Cassandra Klynsma pays her respects.
Leading Seaman Cassandra Klynsma pays her respects. Blainey Woodham

Cadet plans to shoot for the stars with naval dream

KASSANDRA Klynsma from TS Vampire Naval Cadet's in Tweed Heads represents the next generation of servicewomen.

The 18-year-old cadet leading seaman was accompanied by her unit and said she was emotionally moved by the "magical" Anzac service at Chris Cunningham Park, Tweed Heads.

"Every dawn service I kind of cry," she said.

"It's a very powerful thing and it's very important for me to be a part of Anzac Day, even the dawn service is just magical really."

She said that being in the cadets was a great way to get ready for the defence force.

"It teaches almost everything we really need to know about basic training, it's really handy if you want to go into the defence force."

"I've been in for two years, three years in June.

"I've gone from a rowdy teenage kid, to someone who's actually taking respect in my country and actually taking respect for the defence forces, as well as points of authority."

The cadet said she was shooting for the stars and going for her dream navy career, following in the footsteps of family.

"My dream is to be a maritime warfare officer or personnel operations," she said.

"I have an aunt who was in the army and an uncle and grandfather who were part of the air force.

"They do find it's a really good step to get to the place I want to be, because it just means to them that, you know, I take pride in them and what they've done as well."

She said that a number of her peers were considering joining the armed forces, because they also wanted to serve the country they were proud to call home.



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