Chief of Navy - Australian Navy Cadet reporting
23 October 2012
On Tuesday 22 October 2012 there was an article in the Penrith Press entitled “Cadet Unit under Fire. Government cuts set to reduce staff”. The article was published prior to the Defence Department being given an opportunity to respond to the media enquiry within the requested timeframe. Consequently it contains incorrect and misleading information which I need to correct.
Firstly, there have been no cuts in funding of support to TS Nepean staff and cadets. The funding provided for this year is exactly the same as Financial Year 2011/12. Additionally, there have not been nor will there be any cuts to the Cadet Forces Allowance paid to Australian Navy cadets staff who supervise, train and mentor the cadets. Consequently, the assertion that cadet numbers would have to be cut is incorrect.
The statement “Local cadets will have to recycle uniforms and even footwear” is also misleading. All Cadet personnel are provided with a uniform entitlement on joining the Australian Naval Cadets and can exchange these uniforms when they wear out or when larger sizes of uniform are required. I am aware that at many Units the volunteers wisely recycle uniforms. I endorse this process, particularly when the wear and tear may be minimal.
The Australian Navy Cadet program provides a great opportunity for staff and Australian youth to experience a taste of Navy life. They conduct annual camps, learn teamwork and leadership skills, and undertake specialist training opportunities.
Chief of Navy