The newest appointees to the Royal Australian Navy, Australian Army and Royal Australian Air Force were formally welcomed to the Australian Defence Force (ADF) at ceremonies across all Australian states and territories last month. The successful candidates come from a range of backgrounds, including regional and remote locations such as Biloela in Queensland and the Goldfields-Esperance region of Western Australia.

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Minister for Defence Personnel Darren Chester said the appointees would become officers taking up the challenge of military leadership, and for those attending the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) in Canberra, earn an undergraduate degree at the same time. “Each year, our ADF welcomes the next generation of leaders and these ceremonies are a significant milestone for these young people, representing the next step in their careers as their families watch on with pride,” Chester said. “Those attending ADFA will be paid to obtain a degree from the University of New South Wales, with some of these appointees choosing to study in exciting and high-demand fields such as engineering, computing and cyber security, and science. Depending on their chosen service and career, others will attend world-class training at the Royal Australian Naval College HMAS Creswell (Navy), Royal Military College Duntroon (Army) or the Officer’s Training School at RAAF Base East Sale (Air Force).”


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