JAMIE Bath spent 21 years in the Australian Army so he understands routine, punctuality and professional soldiering, but until recently he didn't know much about agriculture.
But if being an infantry man had taught him anything it was the importance of good training.
So when he opted out of the army to follow a dream to work in the bush, he proved a "little particular" about finding someone to teach him the necessary skills.
I might be a little older than most graduating jackeroos, but I think I have life experience on my side.
Last week he graduated from the Warwick TAFE's Certificate 3 in Agriculture course in what he sees as his first step in a new direction.
"The teachers here are real in that they are still involved in the rural industry," Mr Bath said.
"It's a very practical and effective course. I know, I still have a lot to learn, but they have given me some good basics."
The 49-year-old said his motivation for a switch to agriculture was the same patriotic drive which landed him in the army.
"Now I just want to help feed the nation," he laughed.
"I respect the rural industry and I can see the importance in it."
So six months ago he and wife Amanda moved to Warwick, after years of shifting at the army's direction.
They wanted a city with education and employment opportunities for their growing family: they are expecting child number eight next March.
"Our older daughters found after-school work, people are friendly and house prices are better than over the range."
Next step a job in the rural sector within "four hours" of the Rose City.
"I am confident I will find work, I might be a little older than most graduating jackeroos, but I think I have life experience on my side."
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