Middle School

Information Session - Australian Air Force Cadets

Past student Alex Freeman will be visiting the College at lunch time on Wednesday 26 February to speak to students about the opportunities that the Australian Air Force Cadets (AAFC) offers. The session will be in Da Vinci 1 in the Middle School. 

A brief overview of the AAFC follows:

The overall goal, as an arm of the Australian Defence Force Cadets:
"By predominantly voluntary effort, to better equip young people for community life by fostering initiatives, leadership, discipline and loyalty through training programs which are also designed to stimulate an interest in a particular arm of the Defence Force."

From this, the AAFC has the specific aims of:

• To give cadets a foundation of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) knowledge and discipline
• To develop qualities of leadership, self-reliance and initiative
• To develop character and good citizenship in the widest sense
• To develop an interest in the RAAF and aviation generally
• To instil a knowledge of aviation history, and
• To encourage cadets to continue an active interest in aviation into their adult life

The activities that are commonly undertaken include:

• Flying
• Field-craft and Bush skills
• Self-discipline, Ceremonial Parades, and Drill
• Olympic Style Sport Shooting, in a controlled coached environment
• Foundation skills for life, teaching leadership and self-management

The AAFC is prevented under the Geneva convention to train any child in war-like activities. There is absolutely no obligation to continue onto the Defence Force after a long cadet career.

Stuart Walls
Acting Head of Middle School