Remy Coll

Lieutenant Remy Coll is no stranger to career changes. He recently transitioned from full-time service to the Army Reserves, where his military career started. He is now working in cyber operations in the private sector.
 

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Lieutenant Remy Coll is no stranger to career changes. He recently transitioned from full-time service to the Army Reserves, where his military career started. He is now working in cyber operations in the private sector.

Remy grew up and studied in Canberra before joining the public service as a network engineer. He then moved to Melbourne to study stage and screen acting and joined the Army Reserves in 2014, as an Officer Cadet in the Melbourne University Regiment.

“After almost a decade working in IT, I decided I’d attempt a career change, and I joined the Victorian police force where I spent two years before joining the Army full-time,” he said.

“In 2018 I commissioned to the Royal Australian Corps of Transport. Despite my hat badge, the Commanding Officer needed a workshop platoon commander, so for my first six months as a subbie (subaltern officer) I commanded a Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers platoon.”

At the end of 2018 an opportunity presented to join 7th Signal Regiment in 138th Signal Squadron — the new Defensive Cyber Operations squadron.

“I was chosen through a competitive process that acknowledged my years of experience in IT, systems administration, and systems security,” he said.

In this role Remy planned and implemented the training and policy to underpin 138th Signal Squadron’s initial operating capability as a defensive cyber operations asset.

“Our training and knowledge was tested in 2019 when I led a defensive cyber operations team to victory at Exercise Cyber Flag 19-3 at the National Security Agency headquarters in Maryland, USA,” he said.

During 2020 Remy commanded a number of cyber operations, including a vulnerability analysis tasking and defensive cyber support to Operation COVID Assist.

He was the master of ceremonies of the Cyber Skills Challenge conference in 2019 and 2020, and is also the Secretary of the ADF Cyber Skills Association.

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Following his transition from permanent service in the Army, Remy now works for the Australian start-up business, Internet 2.0. Remy undertakes reserve service with 138th Signal Squadron.

“I left because I felt I had delivered all the capability I had to provide. And for my own career growth, I needed to look outside of Government and Defence,” Remy said.

“I found the transition process rather easy because I already had employment lined up. I was also transitioning back to the Reserves, after only a few years, which meant I had the necessary life skills and tools.

“For members who regularly leverage the Total Workforce system to move between full and part-time service, I’d like to see some further improvements made to ensure that it is as easy to move down service categories as it is to move up.”

Remy and his wife Sarah recently welcomed their daughter Margaux to the family.

“My wife is also an Army reservist, which I think has helped my transition, as she understands what it is like in the military,” Remy said.

“For those that have been in the military since leaving school and for most of their life ADF Transition provides great support — with lots of programs available to support you as you transition to civilian life.”

Thank you for your service, Remy.

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