Young Moree man Keith Baker-Barlow’s dream of joining the army has become a reality after being sworn in at a special ceremony in Brisbane recently.
In front of his proud family, Mr Baker-Barlow received a certificate of enrolment for the Australian Army at a ceremony in Brisbane on Sunday, April 8.
He was then flown to base camp at Darwin that night, where he will undergo training for the next five months.
The 18-year-old will then be able to come home for a month before returning to serve for the next four years.
Mr Baker-Barlow, who last year graduated year 12 from Moree Secondary College, has been dreaming of joining the army for many years.
“Turning dreams into reality, officially an Australian soldier,” Mr Baker-Barlow shared on Facebook.
According to his proud grandfather, Peter Duncan, Mr Baker-Barlow has his eyes set on eventually getting into army recruitment.
Mr Duncan and his wife Shirley had a lot to do with their grandson's upbringing and said they couldn’t be prouder.
“I’m just very proud,” Mr Duncan said.
“He’s one of only two or three indigenous boys from Moree in the army.”
“I’m over the moon, so proud,” Mr Baker-Barlow’s mum Hannah Barlow added.
“I couldn’t stop crying when he flew out.
“Myself, his dad [Keith Baker], his brother and his sister are all proud.”
Mr Baker-Barlow’s other grandparents James Barlow, Darren Weatherall and Patricia Boney are also very proud of their grandson.