Radschool Association came about as the result of an attempt to organise a
reunion of people who, at some part in their lives, spent time at the "RAAF's
School of Radio" – at either Ballarat or Laverton.
For most of us, Radschool was the time where we realized that a Corporal DI was
not the highest rank in the Air Force (we all thought that was the case when we
were at Rookies); when we (I'm speaking only for the blokes here) wore our
uniforms whenever we went into "Town" because we were absolutely certain they
were dead set "chick magnets"; when we found out that you could leave the base
on a week night; and it was when we found out that the Air Force was filled with
some really great people.
None of us had a clue what the Air Force was really all about back then, and we
probably didn't care much. We saw the occasional Canberra and Sabre and a few
DC3's and of course heaps of Winjeels, but none of us ever got close to one.
Tarmacs were things you just didn't go anywhere near. They were strictly "out of
bounds". Our days were spent in the class room and our nights and week-ends were
spent in the ASCO canteen. We were well fed, had good living quarters, money,
some of us had just bought our first car, but, during that time, most of all we made very good, and
in some cases, life long friends.
Most of us were young, and impressionable, and we all learned to live together
and to work together and to depend on each other like a family. We borrowed all
sorts of things from each other so often that sometimes we forgot who owned
what, but no-one cared too much.
It was a great time in our lives, and we hope the Association will bring back a
heap of those fond memories. Please get behind it, tell others about it, join
the association, and one day - soon we hope - we can all get together again,
perhaps on a regular basis, maybe once every 3 years or so, to renew old
friendships, and tell a few lies, have a social drink, find out what each of us
has done since getting out - and remember.
Stand by your beds!
Click HERE to join the Radschool Association