The ADF welcomed 15 of its newest officer cadets to the Australian Army and Royal Australian Air Force in a ceremony on January 15.

The appointment ceremony was held on the Sunshine Coast with the milestone moment able to be shared with loved ones in a COVID-safe environment.

Senior Military Recruiting Officer at the Defence Force Recruiting Centre Maroochydore Captain Tim Glen, who graduated from the Australian Defence Force Academy 15 years ago, said the ceremony was a special moment in these future officers’ careers.

“The friends and family who attended greatly appreciated the opportunity to be able to share this important occasion with the new cadets,” Captain Glen said.

These new officer cadets have now started military, leadership and management training at the Australian Defence Force Academy. Entry is highly competitive, with appointees developing their leadership skills while studying to obtain their undergraduate degree from the University of New South Wales.

Captain Glen said the ADF’s newest personnel from the Sunshine Coast had the personal characteristics to succeed.

“These officer cadets have demonstrated the motivation, values and capabilities to be developed into the future leaders of the ADF,” he said.

The Australian Defence Force Academy is the only university in Australia where students are paid to obtain a degree in the fields of arts, business, science, engineering or technology before starting a leadership role on completion of their military and academic training.

An Australian Defence Force Academy Future Leaders Information Session will be held at the Mercure Sunshine Coast, Kawana Waters, on February 25 at 6pm. For more information or to register call 13 19 01.