IMPORTANT NOTICE: After a review of the National situation all three cadet Service groups have agreed to suspension of all ADF Cadet face-to-face activities, including any International activities, until further notice. The cancelation includes all school based Units activity, conducted internal to the school as part of normal curriculum. However, special program cadet unit activities endorsed by Service Chiefs may continue.
Adult Volunteers within the cadet organisations, where National, State and Territory COVID-19 restrictions allow, can continue undertaking activities such as adult leader development courses and planning. We will continually review our position on Adult Volunteers and reconsider as required by any changes in National responses to COVID-19.
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.
Take a look at
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.