"There are only a few reasons which might not be popular with all. Firstly I enjoy being able to help others, as a construction engineer my personal take on my role within Army is to help those who no longer have the ability and or means to help themselves, HADR and DACC tasks allow me to do this. Secondly for financial stability, I know that I will be able to continue to pay my mortgage every month and should be reasonably comfortable upon retirement." SGT Matthew Pfingst, LWC

"I continue to serve because I have a moral obligation to train soldiers and leaders that will defend us in our next conflict. I was privileged to have inspirational and competent leaders that have guided and mentored me to be the solider I am today. I must continue this legacy." SGT Carlos Barrera, LWC

"The answer is clear as day to me – I continue to serve for our future soldiers and the continuity of excellent soldiering. Whether it is shaping our newest soldiers on Initial Employment Training or mentoring our future junior leaders (non-commissioned and commissioned) and instilling them with important lessons tried and tested throughout the years; there is nothing more rewarding than seeing our people succeed and pass on that vital experience of other soldiers. The explosive demolition training is also a plus!" SGT Newton Thaiposri, 5 ER

"I continue to serve because I am too lazy to fill out the paperwork... I joined the Army back in '88 as a wide-eyed young kid. I was given some advice, 'The Army is great place to work. If you get bored of a job: change Corps, change trade.' I have kept that advice. I have been in three different Corps. Whether it be running long lines of Don10 in the north, patrolling in Tully, or watching a young soldier on the SDA at Pucka finally come to terms with a Mack gearbox. All those days have been great, but it's the people that you are doing the jobs with that keeps me serving. The mateship is most important." SGT Russel Hovey, 2 FSB

"In 22 years I have not looked back, I love the lifestyle and the challenges being in the Army offers. Being a recovery mechanic means I am part of a small tightknit group, a wonderful group of soldiers who rely on each other for support and advice, no matter where we are geographically posted. I will continue to serve till I reach my CRA, before I get to start my next adventure in the SERCAT 5 workforce." SGT David King, OPS/Recovery 15 FSS

"I (we) who serve are the custodians of traditions, values, lands, and environments, that is our people, culture, and places of Australia. I serve because of the opportunities Australia afforded to me and my family. I continue to be of service to help our serving members understand the context of our shared history, and future. The context of what service and veteran personnel have done informs why-we-do-what-we-do and the reason for it. It is upon us to ensure our next generation of Solders, Aviators, and Sailors are capable custodians of our people, culture and places." SGT George Sukiyasyan, Airfield Defence Guard