Neil had a dream to become an Air Combat Officer in the RAAF. Reaching this goal meant one of the most arduous of selection processes. Rigorous medical, psychological and selection interviews plus the need to obtain an ATAR score of over 90 were needed to be selected. This dream was realised in 2017 when he became an Officer Cadet at an appointment ceremony at the Shrine of Remembrance witnessed by his parents, brother David, sister Avril and Year 12 Coordinator Mark Dunstan. He will now complete a degree in Aeronautical Engineering at ADFA in Canberra, then train as an Air Combat Officer.