Switching from a rural lifestyle in Far North Queensland to the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) in Canberra hasn’t been easy for Australian Army Officer Cadet James Butler. 

The Georgetown local graduated from ADFA on December 6 with 300 Navy, Army and Air Force classmates.

He said coming from a rural area was a hard adjustment. 

“Each day brings a new challenge,” Officer Cadet Butler said.

“However, with a positive attitude and the right mindset it provided a great opportunity.

“Constantly seeking improvement and using the tools of those with experience around you will help you thrive.”

After finishing his high schooling at the Peace Lutheran College in 2015, Officer Cadet Butler joined the Army in early 2018.

He commenced military training at ADFA in Canberra while simultaneously studying towards a Bachelor of Business degree from the University of New South Wales Canberra.

Besides his studies and military training at ADFA, Officer Cadet Butler has been active in extra-curricular activities, including being captain of the ADFA Touch Football club and being a member of the ADAF Rams Australian Rules football team.

During COVID-19, Officer Cadet Butler also played an important role in maintaining the morale of his squadron, organising competitions and ensuring everyone kept up healthy lifestyles during lockdown.

He said he would recommend the academy to anyone interested. 

“It’s a great experience where you will learn a lot,” Officer Cadet Butler said.

“I have grown a lot as a person over the last three years, and have made lifelong friends. Do your research and apply, you won’t regret it.”