Chief of Army congratulates 137th graduating class at Duntroon
2 December 2020
Today, around 200 Staff Cadets, including 15 international cadets, graduated as Army officers during a parade at the Royal Military College – Duntroon.
The Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd), was the reviewing officer for the parade.
The Chief of Army, Lieutenant General Rick Burr, AO, DSC, MVO, welcomed the Army’s newest leaders during the parade.
“These graduates are the future leaders of our Army and I wish them the best of luck in the years ahead.
“Their careers will be challenging and rewarding. They have adapted to the unique conditions this year and should be proud of their achievements.
“Congratulations to our international cadets who graduate today, your presence embodies the value we place on the friendship between our nations,” added Lieutenant General Burr.
The activity was significant for the commissioning of 15 Staff Cadets from Cambodia, Fiji, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Qatar, Thailand and Tonga.
Commandant of the Royal Military College of Australia, Brigadier Ana Duncan CSC, said the involvement of international students was important for the Australian Defence Force (ADF).
“The dedication and successful commission of the international Staff Cadets shows the ADF is the partner of choice for our regional neighbours,” Brigadier Duncan said.
“It is a great honour to train and prepare international Staff Cadets for a career in the military and one the Royal Military College takes pride in.”
The Royal Military College – Duntroon prepares Staff Cadets for careers in the Army by promoting leadership and integrity, inspiring high-ideals and the pursuit of excellence, and instilling a sense of duty, loyalty and service to the nation.
Situated at the former Campbell family homestead at Duntroon, the college was opened in 1911 to oversee the initial military training of all officers in the Australian Army.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Royal Military College of Australia altered the usual graduation parade to ensure compliance with ACT Government health directions.
Imagery of the event will be available at: