The Australian Defence Force (ADF) is looking for adult volunteers to lead and inspire young people as part of the Navy, Army and Air Force Cadets. ADF Cadets is Defence’s leading youth development program, supporting 13 to 18 year-olds through activities that help them thrive in a team environment, improve communication skills, and become responsible members of the local community.

Head of ADF Cadets in Defence, Major General Douglas Laidlaw, said the program helps young people become more confident, capable and resilient. “The Cadets program provides rewarding, challenging and exciting activities for youth in hundreds of locations around Australia,” Laidlaw said. “However, it wouldn’t be able to provide the experiences it does without the support from the local community and the involvement of volunteers.”

ADF Cadet adult volunteers come from a diverse range of age, cultural and professional backgrounds, and are supported with training to develop their own leadership skills. “You don’t need any previous military experience to help out as a volunteer,” Laidlaw said. “Whether you have a little time to give or a lot, you will be welcomed into a close-knit, supportive and friendly community of volunteers who are putting the future of our nation in good hands.”

ADF Cadets is an inclusive organisation that provides opportunities for young people from a wide range of social backgrounds and abilities. There are approximately 28,000 cadets currently enrolled in the program across the three services. The call for adult volunteers is a key component of a number of initiatives being implemented to enhance the ADF Cadets program. To find out more about volunteering with the ADF Cadets, visit

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