“Some days are tough”: Sunrise sports reporter Mark Beretta joins the army
The 53-year-old will serve as a Public Affairs Officer for a minimum of 20 days each year.
Speaking to The Daily Telegraph on Monday, he said despite the challenges, he considers it a privilege to be able to serve his country.
“Every time I put the uniform on and I am sure a lot of other people feel the same, I do feel a sense of pride about it, it is a really special thing,” he said.
“It is not a fairy tale, there are good and bad days and some days are tough but the people are very professional and that is what makes it all worthwhile.”
The Channel Seven star originally thought he was too old to join.
“Even as an older fella, you’ve still got to meet all the basic physical requirements. You have got to do all of the sit-ups and push-ups and get the right score on the beat test for running. It was a bit of a challenge but I’ve really enjoyed it.”
Mark, who is currently stationed at the Australian Army’s Forces Command in Sydney, was named Captain only six months after signing up.
He currently lives in Mosman with his wife of 18 years, Rachel and his daughter Ava, 15, and son Dan, 12.