Australian Defence Force Cadets

The Australian Defence Force Cadets (ADFC) (Known as the Australian Service Cadet Scheme until 2001) consists of three Australian Defence Force affiliated community-based, youth development organisations of approximately 22,000 cadets and 2,200 cadet staff in 464 units and squadrons across Australia. Coordination of the Australian Defence Force Cadets is via the ADF HQ unit called Reserve and Youth Division, with Commander ADF Cadets - directly accountable to VCDF. The ADFC is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Defence, in partnership with the community.

The Australian Defence Force Cadets have been a large part of the Australian community since the 19th century. After the cadets were re-raised in 1976 the three cadet services were grouped together as the Australian Services Cadet Scheme, beforehand the three organisations were run under the directions of single service policy, in 2001 the name was changed to the Australian Defence Force Cadets as recommended by a review. While the Australian Defence Force Cadets is sponsored by ADF (Australian Defence Force) and runs under a similar rank structure, uniform and training activities, the ADFC is not an official branch of the Defence Force and runs in accordance with the Optional Protocol on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict which Australia has signed.

Cadet units are referred to differently depending on the parent service. Air Force Cadet units are referred to as Squadrons, Navy Cadet units are referred to as Training Ships and Army Cadet units are referred to as Army Cadet Units. The ADFC encompasses three organizations:

Australian Defence Force Cadets
Australian Defence Force Cadets Logo
The Badge of the ADFC
Active1976 – present
RoleVolunteer Youth Organisation
HeadquartersADF Cadets
Head Cadet, Reserve and Employer Support DivisionsRear Admiral Brett Wolski

ADFC Ranks

Officer of Cadets (OOC) ranks

Australian Navy Cadets (ANC)
Rank Sub Lieutenant
Commander ANC
Abbreviation SBLT,
Australian Army Cadets (AAC)
Rank Second Lieutenant
Lieutenant Colonel
Abbreviation 2LT
Australian Air Force Cadets (AAFC)
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Rank Pilot Officer (AAFC) Flying Officer (AAFC) Flight Lieutenant (AAFC) Squadron Leader (AAFC) Wing Commander (AAFC) Group Captain (AAFC)

Instructor of Cadets (IOC) ranks

Australian Navy Cadets (ANC)
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Rank Able Seaman ANC
(Inactive rank)
Leading Seaman ANC
(Inactive rank)
Petty Officer ANC Chief Petty Officer ANC Warrant Officer ANC
(Inactive rank)
Australian Army Cadets (AAC)
Rank Trainee Officer of Cadets Lance Corporal AAC Corporal AAC Sergeant AAC Staff Sergeant AAC
(Former rank)
Warrant Officer Class Two AAC Warrant Officer Class One AAC
Abbreviation TOOC LCPL
Australian Air Force Cadets (AAFC)
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Rank Aircraftman/Aircraftwoman (AAFC) Leading Aircraftman/Leading Aircraftwoman (AAFC) Corporal (AAFC) Sergeant (AAFC) Flight Sergeant (AAFC) Warrant Officer (AAFC)

Cadets ranks

Australian Navy Cadets (ANC)
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Rank Cadet Recruit Cadet Seaman Cadet Able Seaman Cadet Leading Seaman Cadet Petty Officer Cadet Chief Petty Officer Cadet Warrant Officer Midshipman ANC
Australian Army Cadets (AAC)
Rank Cadet Recruit Cadet Cadet Lance Corporal Cadet Corporal Cadet Sergeant Cadet Staff Sergeant (Former rank) Cadet Warrant Officer Class Two Cadet Warrant Officer Class One National Cadet Regimental Sergeant Major Cadet Under Officer Regional Cadet Under Officer National Cadet Under Officer
Australian Air Force Cadets (AAFC)
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Rank Cadet Leading Cadet Cadet Corporal Cadet Sergeant Cadet Flight Sergeant Cadet Warrant Officer Cadet Under Officer

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ADFC may refer to

Allgemeiner Deutscher Fahrrad-Club, German cyclists club

Australian Defence Force Cadets, Australian youth development organization

Australian Air Force Cadets

The Australian Air Force Cadets (AAFC), known as the Air Training Corps (AIRTC) until 2001, is a Federal Government funded youth organisation. The parent force of the AAFC is the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). Along with the Australian Army Cadets (AAC) and the Australian Navy Cadets (ANC) it is part of the Australian Defence Force Cadets.

Australian Army Cadets

The Australian Army Cadets (AAC) is a youth organisation that is involved in training and adventurous activities in a military setting. The programme has more than 19,000 Army Cadets between the ages of 12½ and 18 based in more than 200 units around Australia. The values of the AAC are "Courage, Initiative, Teamwork and respect".

The cadet programme has strong links to the Australian Army and is a part of the Australian Defence Force Cadets. However, its members are not members of the Australian Defence Force by virtue only of their membership of the Australian Army Cadets. While cadets are encouraged to consider enlisting in the military, it is not required that they do so.

Activities of the Army Cadets include navigation and orienteering, fun games, team-building games, field camps, ceremonial drill, radio communication skills, basic bush skills, first aid, equipment maintenance, participation in cadet bands, shooting the Australian Defence Force Service Rifles, the F88 Austeyr and the Australian Army Service Light Machine Gun, the F89 Minimi, with Army supervision.

Australian Cadet Forces Service Medal

The Australian Cadet Forces Service Medal is awarded to recognise long and efficient service by officers and instructors in the Australian Defence Force Cadets. It is awarded for 15 years service. Additional clasps are issued for every 5 years additional service.

The medal is the successor to the Cadet Forces Medal which is awarded by the United Kingdom and New Zealand and ceased to be awarded by Australia in 1974.

Recipients of the Australian Cadet Forces Service Medal do not earn an entitlement to use post-nominal letters.

Australian Commendations and Citations

Australian Commendations are awards of recognition which applies to all Defence personnel. The Scheme provides a means to formally recognise outstanding/exceptional achievement, or specific acts of bravery for which awards from within the Australian Honours System are not an appropriate medium of recognition. The circumstances attracting the award of a commendation may relate to an isolated instance or to a series of instances over a period of time.

Australian Navy Cadets

The Australian Navy Cadets (ANC) is a voluntary youth organisation owned and sponsored by the Royal Australian Navy. Together with the Australian Air Force Cadets and Australian Army Cadets, it forms the Australian Defence Force Cadets. It hosts over 91 units.

Cadet (disambiguation)

A cadet is a trainee, typically to become a military officer.

Cadet may also refer to:

Cadet (dinghy), a junior trainer sailing dinghy

Cadets (film), a 1939 German war film

Cadet (genealogy), a younger son

Cadet (Paris Métro)

Cadet (rapper) (1990–2019), English rap musician

Cadet Records, a music record label

Aircore Cadet, an ultralight aircraft

Baker-McMillan Cadet, a glider

Traffic cadet, someone who regulates traffic

International Cadet Australian Championship, a youth sailing competition

Cadet branch or cadet line, the male-line descendants of a monarch or patriarch's younger sons

IBM 1620 or CADET, a 1959 inexpensive scientific computer

Cadet, a rank in the Australian Defence Force Cadets

Cadet, a member of the historical Russian Constitutional Democratic Party

Cadet, a member of The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps

Cadet (band), a Christian alternative rock band from Eugene, Oregon, formed in 2000 and disbanded in 2004

Cadet (album), a 2001 studio album by the band, Cadet

The Cadet (newspaper), the weekly student newspaper of the Virginia Military Institute

Cadet (shipwreck), Lake George near Bolton in Warren County, New York

Cadet, Missouri, an unincorporated community in Union Township, Washington County, Missouri, United States

Cadets Canada Elemental Ranks

The rank structures of the three elements of the Canadian Cadet Organizations and the Navy League Cadet Corps (Canada) are as follows, comparatively:

*The ranks of Lance Corporal, Corporal, and Master Corporal in the Royal Canadian Army Cadets program vary based on regiment, likewise to the Canadian Army.

In the guard regiments, Warrant Officers are known as "Colour Sergeants" and Second Lieutenants are known as "Ensigns", although the latter does not exist in the RCAC program.

Chief of Joint Capabilities

The Chief of Joint Capabilities (CJC) is the head of the Joint Capabilities Group (JCG) in the Australian Department of Defence, part of the Australian Defence Organisation. This position was created on 1 July 2017. The current chief is Air Marshal Warren McDonald.

Conspicuous Service Cross (Australia)

The Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC) is a decoration (medal) of the Australian honours system. It is awarded "for outstanding devotion to duty or outstanding achievement in the application of exceptional skills, judgment or dedication, in non-warlike situations". In October 2017, 1002 people were listed as recipients All ranks are eligible for the award.

Conspicuous Service Medal

The Conspicuous Service Medal (CSM) is a military decoration awarded to personnel of the Australian Defence Force, and officers and instructors of the Australian Defence Force Cadets. It is awarded for meritorious achievement or dedication to duty in non-war like situations. The CSM was introduced in 1989 and is a distinct Australian military award. It is the second level award of the Conspicuous Service Decorations in the Australian Honours System. Recipients of the Conspicuous Service Medal are entitled to use the post-nominal letters "CSM". Since its inception 1,021 had been awarded, plus a single Bar. All ranks are eligible for the award.

Current senior Australian Defence Organisation personnel

The Australian Defence Organisation (ADO) is composed of the armed forces of the Commonwealth of Australia, the Australian Defence Force (ADF), and the Australian Public Service government department, the Department of Defence which is composed of a range of civilian support organisations.

The Chief of the Defence Force (CDF) leads the Australian Defence Force and the Secretary of Defence leads the Department of Defence though both jointly manage the Australian Defence Organisation under a diarchy, and both report directly to the Minister for Defence.

The highest active rank in the Australian Defence Force is reserved for the Chief of the Defence Force. This is a four-star rank and the CDF is the only Australian military officer at that level. As a result of the diarchy, the Secretary of the Department of Defence is of the equivalent civilian four-star level in the Senior Executive Service of the Australian Public Service.

Director general

A director general or director-general (plural: directors general, directors-general, director generals or director-generals

) or general director is a senior executive officer, often the chief executive officer, within a governmental, statutory, NGO, third sector or not-for-profit institution. The term is commonly used in many countries worldwide, but with various meanings.

Frank Hickling

Lieutenant General Francis John "Frank" Hickling (born 13 October 1941) is a retired senior Australian Army officer, whose career culminated with his appointment as Chief of Army from 1998 to 2000.

HMAS Harman

HMAS Harman is a Royal Australian Navy (RAN) base that serves as a communications and logistics facility. The main base is located in the Australian capital of Canberra, and is geographically recognised as the suburb of Harman (postcode 2600). Established in the late 1930s as the Royal Australian Navy Wireless/Transmitting Station Canberra, the facility was commissioned into the RAN as a stone frigate in 1943. In addition to its communications and logistics roles, the base hosts reserve units from both the Australian Army Reserves and Royal Australian Air Force Reserves, as well as cadet units from all three branches of the Australian Defence Force Cadets.

The base is also reported to be a major contributor to the U.S. National Security Agency's XKeyscore surveillance program.The commander of the base is Commander David Luck, RAN.

Non-commissioned officer

A non-commissioned officer (NCO) is a military officer who has not earned a commission. Non-commissioned officers usually obtain their position of authority by promotion through the enlisted ranks. In contrast, commissioned officers hold higher ranks than NCOs, have more legal responsibilities, are paid more, and often have more non-military training such as a university diploma. Commissioned officers usually earn their commissions without having risen through the enlisted ranks.The NCO corps usually includes all grades of corporal and sergeant; in some countries, warrant officers also carry out the duties of NCOs. The naval equivalent includes some or all grades of petty officer. There are different classes of non-commissioned officer, including junior non-commissioned officers (JNCO) and senior (or staff) non-commissioned officers (SNCO).

Ranks of the Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps

Members of the Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps are assigned various ranks, the titles and insignia of which are based on those used by the United States Armed Forces (and its various ROTCs), specifically the United States Army, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, and the U.S. Coast Guard. Rank requirements vary with schools. Some specialties require cadets to pass promotion tests while others only require recommendations by superiors and the needs of the unit.

Sydney High School Rifle Club

The Sydney High School Rifle Club was established in 1883. It is based at the ANZAC Rifle Range in Sydney, Australia, and participates in Rifle Shooting competitions conducted by the AAGPS.


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