Beimop Justin Tapim
Torres Strait Islander
Retired Lieutenant Medical Officer
Royal Australian Navy
Afghanistan Veteran

Australian Active Service Medal – ICAT
Afghanistan Medal
Australian Operational Service Medal – Border Protection
Defence Long Service Medal
Australian Defence Medal

I enlisted in the Royal Australian Navy as a Medic in 1995 and have served on HMA Ships: Hobart, Gascoyne, Stuart and Darwin, as well as many other vessels as part of operational duties. My operational service included Operations Relex, Resolute, Slipper, Manitou and Landscape. In 2009, I obtained a Medical Degree from the University of Newcastle. I am currently working as a GP in regional Australia.

I joined the Australian Military so that I could not only serve our country but also to further develop my character for the future. As well as both my parents, I had many other family members who had either served before me or served alongside me over the years. Currently, my sister Taslena is still serving in the Navy and we are all very proud of her.

It has been an honour to follow my parents’ path into the Military and I recommend it to any younger person considering it.’