Jonathan Captain-Webb acknowledges his family's contribution to Australia's war history by walking in the Black Diggers March each year. This ANZAC Day, there will be an extra honour.
By
Tara Callinan

Source:
NITV News
23 Apr 2015 - 6:17 PM  UPDATED 29 Jun 2015 - 6:12 PM

For most young men his age, just the thought of multi-tasking is impossible. But this 22-year-old Dhungatti-Gamilaroi man is breaking the stereotypical mould.

Jonathan Captain-Webb is studying Arts and Law at the University of NSW, interning at Gadens Lawyers, working part-time for the Australian Army, planning his own wedding and being a full-time dad – a juggling act he owes to the Army.

"During high-school when I was younger I had endless potential but I never had the drive or the discipline to live up to that. So I think that's one thing the army gave me is time management skills and to discipline myself to I can manage all my extra-curricular stuff and to be a dad on top," he said.

Captain-Webb joined the Australian Army in January, 2013, and in the same year became one of only two Indigenous recruits to receive the award for Most Outstanding Soldier– an honour that recognises an individual for having 'above average' soldier qualities.

"It's very ambiguous – it's for having above standard soldier skills - so teamwork, being able to take initiative and being the soldier’s soldier," he said.

Captain Webb is hoping to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps, who served in World War II as a gunner at Nelson's Bay.

"Back in the day, because he was Aboriginal, he wouldn’t have got a job anywhere else," he said.

Each year Captain-Webb acknowledges his family's contribution to Australia's war history by walking in the Black Diggers March.

"This Saturday, I will be escorting ... the NSW Governor. I had the honour of escorting Professor Marie Bashir last year and now I'll be escorting the governor."

The annual Black Diggers March will commence at 2:15pm from Redfern Park in Sydney on April 25. It will be broadcast live on NITV and streamed live online.