Guy Peters, of Cooma, always wanted to join the defence force and now that dream has become a reality.
Mr Peters, 20, recently graduated from the No 1 Recruit Training Unit (1RTU) with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and is now undertaking the first phase of his employment training in movements.
The former local student who attended St Pat's and finished year 12 at Monaro High, graduated from the course on September 12 along with 43 recruits from 1RTU after almost 11 weeks of intensive training.
The employment training will continue for up to 10 weeks in Wagga where Mr Peters will learn loading and unloading of aircraft supplies using forklifts and 4WDs.
The second phase of employment training will be at Richmond Air Force Base for another 10 weeks and involve learning how to handle explosives.
Mr Peters' mother, Michelle, said Guy had always wanted to have a career in the defence force and he was "absolutely loving it".
The air force is part of the Peter's family with Guy's grandfather and grandmother meeting in the RAAF. His grandfather was a cook and his grandmother was a nurse.
All the family attended Guy's graduation parade at the RAAF in Wagga Wagga.
Deputy Chief of the Air Force, AVM Gavin Davis, CSC inspected the parade with a fly-over by four, PC-9 Air Force Roulettes.