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Military personnel find sense of purpose through charitable service

The Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) are offering former and serving military personnel a widely-respected community scholarship program

Former and current Australian military personnel are finding a sense of achievement and purpose through volunteering efforts at not-for-profit organisations.

Due to this community engagement, the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) have opened up applications into a widely-respected scholarship, the ‘Foundations of Directorship’, for personnel in support of the Invictus Games Sydney 2018.

AICD Managing Director and CEO, Angus Armour, said that volunteering through a not-for-profit was one way of finding a sense of purpose after service. Along with the Invictus Games, it will make a long-term impact for the defence community by supporting services and programs that lead to a greater charitable collaboration.

“Our service personnel have already demonstrated their commitment to our community, so it makes sense that after leaving the armed forces many want to find new ways to contribute,” Armour said.

The scholarships will be awarded to eight serving or former Australian military personnel who are actively involved in a not-for-profit organisation to undergo the course.

Armour added that two-thirds of the AICD’s 43,000-strong membership played some role in the not-for-profit sector and that by improving and ensuring long-term governance of the sector, it would continue to create and implement scholarship programs.

“By helping enhance the skills and governance understanding among leaders in the not-for-profit sector, we can help them ensure that their not-for-profits are best placed to play their vital role in the community,” Armour said.

Invictus Games 2018 CEO, Patrick Kidd OBE, welcomed the scholarship package.

“Leadership is an inherent quality of those who serve in the ADF, meaning current or former ADF members are ideally positioned to make a valuable contribution in the NFP sector,” Kidd said.

He added that serving in leadership roles in the not-for-profit sector has provided service personnel with a pathway to integrating back into the community while also feeling a sense of contribution through engagement.

“Many have made the move, or are thinking about making the move, from a military driven service environment to a community service environment. I’d encourage those individuals to apply for the Foundations of Directorship Scholarship program.”

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