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The Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) is a tri-service military institution, combining study for an undergraduate degree with military training.
The Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) is an Australian military training institution, combining study for an undergraduate degree from the University of New South Wales Canberra with military training for midshipmen and officer cadets of the Royal Australian Navy, Australian Army and Royal Australian Air Force. ADFA is a learning branch of the Australian Defence College and sits within the group of the Vice Chief of the Defence Force. The Australian Defence Force Academy consists of close to 1000 undergraduates from the Australian Navy, Army and Air Force who train for careers as the future junior leaders of the Australian Defence Force (ADF). ADFA also caters for 1500 postgraduate students, educates current junior and mid-level leaders through the Capability & Technology Management College, trains the ADF's chaplains through the Defence Force Chaplains College and Australia's Federation Guard who provide tri-service ceremonial support.
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After two weeks of intense examinations, today marks the conclusion of Semester One. In just a few weeks, officer cadets and midshipmen will find out whether their hard has paid off. Until then, enjoy your leave or Single Service Training!
The final academic assessment for session one begins today, with our trainee officers and advanced students commencing their final exams. All that hard work pays off now - we wish them all the best!
Congratulations to the Commandant of our Academy, Air Commodore Alan Clements, who today was awarded with a Conspicuous Service Cross for outstanding achievement as Commandant of the Australian Defence Force Academy. "Air Commodore Clements has been an extraordinary champion of cultural reform and a most effective change agent as Commandant of the Australian Defence Force Academy. His conspicuous dedication, astute judgement, remarkable skill, and loyalty to his staff and students have delivered a series of major reforms that will positively affect the Australian Defence Force for generations. Air Commodore Clements is an inspirational leader and an officer of impeccable character whose outstanding achievements have brought great credit upon him and the Royal Australian Air Force"
This week, the Academy came together for the annual Petro Fedorczenko memorial lecture, where MAJGEN Stephen Day presented a most valuable speech on the importance of leadership, as well as the ADFA values of Courage, Respect, Integrity, Service and Professionalism. We would like to thank MAJGEN Day imparting his knowledge onto the future leaders of the ADF.
Last week ADFA, a White Ribbon Workplace, and the Australian Civil Military Centre held a White Ribbon Advocates event, encouraging men and women in the audience to become White Ribbon advocates and support the White Ribbon campaign.
This week, ADFA is participating in National Reconciliation Week, a time in which Australians learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements, and contribute to building a reconciled Australia. To celebrate, the Academy held a morning tea at the Academy Cadets’ Mess today, following a speech by OFFCDT Ostrofski on the importance of sharing our culture to the development of character and leadership style.
Last week ADFA advanced students and trainee officers studying for mechanical and aeronautical engineering degrees with UNSW Canberra at ADFA participated in the Warman Design and Build competition. The students were required to build a robot to undertake a complex obstacle course. The competition is in its 29th year and runs across Australiasian universities.
Last night, the Academy came together to watch the Lancaster Shield Debating grand final, between Foxtrot and Echo Squadron. The topic of the night: 'Is Smart Technology Making A Dumb Society?'. After five rounds of captivating debating, Foxtrot Squadron left victorious, yet another win towards the coveted Lancaster Shield. Congratulations to Foxtrot Squadron for a fantastic win, well deserved!
The Australian Defence Force Academy hosted its annual Dining-In Night tonight, celebrating International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia. The speaker for the evening was Daniel Kowalski, a former Olympian, who spoke about his own experiences and the importance of diversity. Overall the event was a great success, enjoyed by all in attendance.
Officer cadets and midshipmen aren’t the only ones to undertake assessment at ADFA. Today Jericho and Judo, puppies in training, visited ADFA to undertake the final stages of their assessment. The exercise was aimed at testing their skills in environments with a large volume of people. If successful they will join the Royal Australian Air Force as working dogs. We wish Jericho and Judo all the best for the remainder of their assessment!
Over the last two weeks, Year Three officer cadets and midshipmen undertook their final major ADFA military training exercise, Leadership Challenge III, a culmination of three years of leadership training at ADFA to prepare them for their roles as future leaders in our Defence Force.
The ADFA Falcons Triathlon Club recently participated in the Nowra Triathlon Festival, with several members racing in both the standard and sprint distances. The weather was undesirable for race conditions, but the club raced extremely well, taking out one 1st in age group, two 2nd in age group and two 3rd in age group. Congratulations to our trainee officers on a spectacular performance!
Undertaking my tertiary level studies here at ADFA was always a major goal during my high school years. I knew ADFA was a good choice for me because of the opportunity to gain a tertiary education and develop myself as a military officer; whilst pursuing my dream of flying with the Army. ADFA provides extensive opportunities for personal development across a large range of areas including sports and extra-curricular activities. I have especially enjoyed my involvement with the ADFA Rowing Club. The rowing season culminates with the prestigious Disher Cup Regatta between ADFA, the Australian National University and the Royal Military College – Duntroon. OCDT Piket, Year Two Australian Regular Army Aviation Officer Cadet, studying a Bachelor of Technology (Aeronautic Engineering)
This week marks the beginning of a two week mid-semester break for our officer cadets and midshipmen. Some are out and about undertaking military training activities, whilst others have headed home to enjoy a well-earned break!
ADFA and ADF Rowing have been training together to increase relations between the clubs and provide more training opportunities. Both clubs filled a women's VIII wearing their club colours, and the experience was well received among the women. Both clubs are looking forward to more interaction and a great season of rowing, and we wish them the best of luck!
Due to my father’s extensive career in the Australian Regular Army, who is currently the Deputy Commanding General of the United States Army pacific (USARPAC) headquarters, I have been exposed to a Defence lifestyle from a young age. While I was growing up I saw him move through a number of exciting and engaging job roles, and I always knew that I wanted to follow in his footsteps. Since beginning my journey at the Australian Defence Force Academy, the memories, experiences and friendships that I have gained are beyond what I imagined. Once graduated, I hope to join the Royal Australian Armoured Corps. This year marks my first ANZAC Day in uniform and it’s a very proud moment for myself and my fellow First Year Trainee Officers. We have the opportunity to participate in the National Ceremony at Australian War Memorial, supporting the veterans in their march past.Despite only joining the ADF a matter of months ago, I have had a taste of what it is like to be a part of such a capable organisation and I look forward to the rest of my career in the services. OCDT Alexander Bilton, Year One Australian Regular Army General Service Officer, studying a Bachelor of Science
Officer cadets and midshipmen have traveled far and wide across Australia today in order to assist communities in commemorating our service men and women, participating in dawn services, marches, and bugling duties.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old; Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them.
ANZAC Day offers the opportunity to reflect on the values that have underpinned Army and the ADF throughout its history. For me, the day is a reminder of close friends and family whose service I am so proud of and inspired by. Both of my parents served in the Army and my older sister is a currently serving member. The lessons they have learned about courage, commitment and mateship, through their experiences, solidify the enduring nature of the characteristics which were held by the service men and women who shaped our history. This year is my final year at ADFA and I will continue to work hard towards my commission through my military and academic studies, before heading over to the Royal Military College - Duntroon in 2017. - OCDT Stevens, Year Three Australian Regular Army General Service Officer, studying a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Last weekend the ADFA/RMC Rams AFL club had their first home game for the 2016 season. With great weather a roaring BBQ and a big crowd the teams battled it out against the Molonglo AFL club. The Ewes won their game 52- 28, with the Magoos following up with a huge win of 139- 33. Unfortunately the Ones couldn't steal the trifecta with a loss of 81 - 65. We wish them all the best in the season ahead!
MIDN Newman and OFFCDT Maling competed in the Australian Country Water Polo Championships on the NSW Central Coast as part of the Australian Defence Force team. The Women's team finished the tournament with a Silver medal, losing to NSW in the Grand Final, while the men's team secured fourth place. Both trainee officers should be proud of their efforts in representing ADFA at this level.
A throwback to one of the first pictures taken in 1986 of the main concourse at ADFA. The fountain was replaced almost 20 years later with a tree, that is now known as the 'Tree of Knowledge.
Happy New Year from all at the Australian Defence Force Academy. We look forward to welcoming new staff in a couple of weeks and our incoming officer cadets and midshipmen to the Academy later this month!
Merry Christmas to our ADFA personnel, their families and friends. We wish everyone a safe and relaxing break, and keep in our hearts our military members currently on deployment.
Earlier this week the Commandant of ADFA, Air Vice Marshal Alan Clements CSC, handed over command of ADFA to his successor, BRIG Cheryl Pearce AM. The Parade was attended by all ADFA personnel and several UNSW Canberra staff. Our Academy has flourished under AVM Clements’ command and we thank him for his hard work as Commandant over the past three years and his dedication to graduating over 650 officers for the Australian Defence Force.
Congratulations to the Australian Defence Force Academy’s 30th class, our Year Three officer cadets and midshipmen, who graduated this morning! We congratulate you on achieving this important milestone and wish you the very best for the next phase of your careers as junior leaders in the Australian Navy, Army and Air Force!
Congratulations to the Australian Defence Force Academy Class of 2016!!! #ADFA
Congratulations to the Australian Defence Force Academy Class of 2016!!! #ADFA
A little rain won’t stop us from celebrating the graduation of our Year Three officer cadets and midshipmen! Rain, or shine we will start the Parade at 9:30am tomorrow. In the event of hail or torrential rain, an alert will be posted to this Facebook page.
Graduating from ADFA is a major milestone in the careers of junior ADF officers, and a fitting celebration is necessary. To join us in our celebrations tomorrow, Royal Australian Navy helicopters, Hawk and Hercules aircraft from the Royal Australian Air Force will conduct flypasts over the Academy between 9-11am. Residents in areas near ADFA may hear the aircraft.
The ADFA Graduation Parade will be held this Thursday 08 December, information is available on our website http://www.defence.gov.au/ADFA/Events/GraduationParade.asp
It's Graduation Week and we're in celebration mode! A warm welcome to our ADFA families and we look forward to celebrating with you and our Year Three officer cadets and midshipmen soon!
Recently Year Two officer cadets and midshipmen undertook Leadership Challenge II, a two week exercise consisting of extensive adventure training courses, as well as theoretical leadership education. Adventure training included exercises like the Helicopter Underwater Escape Training, abseiling and improvised rafting.
Defence had the opportunity today to hear from Dr Michael Kaufman, co-founder of the White Ribbon global campaign. Dr Kaufman spoke to the audience, consisting of Defence personnel and Year 2 officer cadets and midshipmen at ADFA, about gender equality and ending violence against women. @whiteribbonaust #whiteribbonday #ADFA
From 25 - 28 Nov, ADFA Divisional Officer, LEUT Riley, will join the Defence Cycling Team as they ride over 400 kilometres from Canberra to Charlotte Pass and return. The Hartley Ability Cycle Challenge is an annual event that raises money to support those within our community who live with a disability. We wish LEUT Riley and the team all the best! https://abilitycyclechallenge2016.everydayhero.com/au/miquela-riley
As part of the ultimate ADFA Open Day experience competition held in August, three winners had the opportunity to spend two days at ADFA. Watch this video to find out about their experience!
The end is near! Classes ended last week and exams commence next week, which means everyone has their head buried in the books right now! The Academy Cadets Mess is providing some much needed reprieve from the books with various activities on offer throughout the week. Good luck to everyone!
This week, LTCOL Rouwhorst announced the composition of the 2017 Academy Cadet Headquarters. Congratulations to OCDT Brassil and MIDN Newman for being selected as the Academy Cadet Captain and President of the Mess Committee respectively as well as the entire ACHQ!
Last weekend, Officer Cadets and Midshipmen were back connecting with their respective services. Exercises Neptune Warrior, Green Eagle and Wedgetail was conducted across New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory in an effort to develop on the traditions and cultures of each service.
Today, Year One officer cadets and midshipmen are off to conduct their first leadership assessment at ADFA. The exercise consists of a number of activities that aim to test the basic leadership and followership skills that they have learnt during their time at ADFA. With little sleep and a high degree of physicality, officer cadets and midshipmen are forced to operate beyond the normal constraints of Academy life.
Two midshipmen and a staff member from ADFA recently visited the United States Naval Academy to discuss their own experiences at ADFA. They also had the opportunity to visit the Naval Air Station in Norfolk, where they flew a helicopter simulator with Sea Combat Squadron 2!
The Olympics may be over, but the University Games have just begun! Team ADFA is off to Perth this week to compete in the annual competition against competitors from universities across Australia. Good luck team ADFA and stay tuned for updates from the Games!
Throughout last week the Australian Red Cross Blood Service Blood Donor Mobile Unit (Blood Bus) came to ADFA, with Officer Cadets and Midshipmen rolling up their sleeves to save lives!
The annual Air Force Dining-in Night was held in the Academy Cadets Mess, providing an opportunity for all Air Force officer cadets and staff to enjoy an evening immersed in Air Force culture and tradition. Guest speaker of the night, Air Commander Australia Air Vice-Marshal Gavin Turnbull AM spoke to the Officer Cadets and staff about his own incredible experience in the RAAF, with over 3600 flying hours on rotary and fast jet aircraft. A truly inspiring and most enjoyable night!
Earlier this month, Royal Australian Navy personnel at ADFA held their annual Ceremonial Sunset and Dining-In Night. The Navy Ceremonial Sunset is one of the oldest and most significant of naval ceremonies and now usually concludes days of special importance.