“Let me say at the outset, it is an extraordinary privilege to be invited to lead the Australian Army, a privilege carrying with it a deep responsibility and obligation to our nation and people, especially those parents who entrust their dearest treasure to Army’s care.” – General Angus Campbell, on being appointed Chief of Australian Army 16 May 2015
Captain Paul John McKay was born in Adelaide, South Australia on 17 November 1982 to Angela and John McKay. He had a sister, Claire, who was 4 years his junior.
He attended Portside Christian School, Pulteney Grammar and Marden Senior College where he achieved a TER score of 98.65 in year 12.
He was accepted to the University of Adelaide and read a double in Commerce (Accounting) and Law which he achieved with Honours. He was awarded the Dean’s prize as being the best debater in his year.
His other passions were sport and the arts. He loved cricket and Australian Rules football and was a keen supporter of the Port Power team in the AFL. He was the goalkeeper for the Pulteney Grammar Old Boys’ Hockey Club. He also enjoyed the cinema and live theatre.
Like other members of his family, he had a love of travel and celebrated his 2nd birthday in Singapore. He visited western Europe, Thailand, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Malaysia, the Maldives, the Philippines, Cambodia, Indonesia and Vietnam.
He enlisted into the Australian Army Reserve on 02 December 2004 and completed his officer training at the Adelaide Universities Regiment.