Prospective trainee officers, family and friends and the local community descended on the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) today for the 27th annual Open Day.
CAPTION: Australian Army Parachute Display Team freefall from a Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Hercules at the 2019 Australian Defence Force Academy Open Day, Canberra. Inset: ADFA’s Precision Drill Team put on a spectacular routine. Photos by Sam Price.
Australia’s pre-eminent tri-service military training institution opens its doors each year in August for the public to discover what life and study at the Academy is like and view displays by the Navy, Army and Air Force.
Commandant of ADFA Commodore Peter Leavy said ADFA played a vital role in preparing future leaders of the Australian Defence Force by combining military training with a world-class university education from UNSW Canberra.
“ADFA Open Day is an opportunity for prospective applicants and their families to have all their questions answered about life at the academy and gain an understanding of the military training and academic programs on offer,” Commodore Leavy said.
“In addition to information about the unique leadership and military training available at the academy, UNSW Canberra provided details on the undergraduate programs on offer.”
Professor Michael Frater, Rector of UNSW Canberra, said the institution provided world-class tertiary education to the future leaders of the ADF for more than 50 years.
“We are preparing students for jobs of the future, some of which don’t even exist yet,” Professor Frater said.
“We provide quality teaching and are driven by research, making UNSW Canberra an outstanding and unique place to study.”
ADFA’s midshipmen and officer cadets can undertake an undergraduate degree in arts, science, business, engineering or cyber security through UNSW Canberra, along with a comprehensive military program to prepare them to be officers in the Navy, Army or Air Force.
Royal Australian Navy, Australian Army and Royal Australian Air Force used the open day as an opportunity to showcase their capabilities and career opportunities within the ADF.
Displays included Navy clearance divers and helicopters, the Army Parachute Display Team, and military vehicle displays, as well as spectacular aerobatics from an Air Force Roulette and the ever-popular military aircraft flyovers.