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Episode Info:

Working within the male dominated field of defence and surrounded by boy’s club culture, Neryl Attkins faced many challenges. Her journey as a woman in the armed forces made it harder for her to be heard and stand her ground in particular situations.

In this episode, you will hear Neryl’s incredible journey, discharging from the Australian Army to become a private military contractor and how she dealt with numerous events, such as protecting Tier 1 targets in Baghdad and the Root Irish incident, where she lost some close colleagues.


  • Working as an Australian Army officer
  • Her time in the Australian Army’s elite close personal protection unit.
  • How the Australian Army close personal protection operatives course differs from Ronin SA
  • Moving from the Australian Military Police to a private military contractor in Iraq
  • Protecting the Iraqi Electoral Commissioners - VIP’s with Tier 1 targets
  • Realisation of being in a war zone
  • Root Irish incident explained
  • Criticism of management during the Root Irish incident
  • What should security operatives take away from this Root Irish incident
  • Identifying risks without fear from backlash
  • Completing Ronin SA after her time in the force.
  • Taking back control when feeling powerless after the Root Irish incident

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