Sapper Jacob Moerland enlisted on 9 July 2007 and completed his Initial Recruit Training at 1st Recruit Training Battalion in (1RTB) in October 2007.
After completing his driver courses and the suite of Combat Engineer Courses in May 2008, Sapper Moerland was posted to 2nd Combat Engineer Regiment (2CER), Brisbane.
2CER was his first posting as a Combat Engineer. His deployment as part of 1st Mentoring Task Force was his first operation, deploying in January 2010.
He was 21-years-old and was born in Cairns, Queensland.