IMPORTANT NOTICE: Following the successful outcome of two pilot Cadet activities during July 2020, in the Northern Territory and South Australia, it was demonstrated that the necessary safety measures and controls can be put in place to enable Cadet activities to be conducted in a COVID safe manner. As a result, a controlled recommencement and resumption of ADF Cadet activities has commenced and all units have ensured hygiene and social distancing standards are met and have a process of briefing cadets and parents on their obligations.
The changing requirements and guidelines for each State and Territory are being closely monitored to ensure all activities are being conducted in a COVID safe environment. As such, the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in Victoria has resulted in all Cadet activities in Victoria being placed on hold. Long term planning for activities continues for some ADF Cadet activity camps in the school holiday periods, however a final decision on conducting the camps will be determined closer to the date.
The priority for the Cadet programs is the safety of our cadets and volunteers. The patience and professionalism displayed by all those involved in the Cadet programs has, and continues to be, exemplary.
If you’re looking for the chance to do things you don’t do in everyday life, then the Australian Defence Force Cadets (ADF Cadets) is for you.
The ADF Cadets is a community-based youth development organisation focused on Defence customs, traditions and values.
As a cadet you’ll learn leadership, team building and survival skills that will set you up for life.
The Australian Defence Force Cadets is made up of three organisations –
- Australian Navy Cadets
- Australian Army Cadets
- Australian Air Force Cadets
There are approximately 26,000 cadets currently enrolled in the three Cadet programs; 3,200 officers and instructors of cadets and 'approved helpers' supervise and support the young people engaged in the programs; and there are 508 ADF Cadets units in all states and territories. Cadet units occupy facilities in Defence establishments, Defence-owned or leased buildings, schools, and buildings leased by individual units – so there’s bound to be one near you.
Learn more about the Australian Defence Force Cadet organisations.
Building leadership and teamwork skills in young people through adventure.
Develop confidence, learn a range of skills, make friends and along the way have lots of serious fun.
Fostering an interest in aviation and developing skills in leadership, teamwork and communication.
JCG is headed up by the Chief of Joint Capabilities (CJC) in the Australian Department of Defence.
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Defence Youth Programs
Read about the Centenary of the Battle of Amiens. The YouthHQ media page has a collection of news stories related to the Australian Defence Force Cadets attendance at the Commemoration of the First World War Battle of Amiens.