Today the Australian Army’s 135th Graduating Class from the Royal Military College – Duntroon (RMC-D) proudly paraded in front of family and friends in Canberra.
CAPTION: Staffs Cadet of the Royal Military College celebrate their graduation from the Royal Military College – Duntroon. Photo by Corporal Tristan Kennedy.
Chief of Army Lieutenant General Rick Burr said the young leaders graduating would shape the Army’s future.
“Our people are our greatest asset. These junior leaders will lead, inspire and make a difference. I am proud of these talented young officers who will shape the Army’s future success,” Lieutenant General Burr said.
“Many of our former RMC-D graduates have gone on to achieve great success in their careers and all aspects of their lives, whether it is with the Australian Army, other areas of Defence, or later if they choose a civilian career.
“For more than a century the college has produced graduates who have exemplified the honour, courage and wisdom Australia expects from its military leaders.
“Our standards are high, but the results speak for themselves.”
The graduation was also the first time General (Retd) David Hurley, Governor-General of Australia, reviewed the parade since taking office.
As well as Australia’s future Army leaders, todays parade was significant for the graduation of Staff Cadets from Afghanistan, Fiji, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Qatar and Thailand, with this being the first time an Afghan Staff Cadet graduated from RMC-D.
“To see eight international Staff Cadets from seven countries graduating today demonstrates that the education that RMC-D provides is valued internationally,” Lieutenant General Burr said.
“I wish each and every graduate the best and encourage them to continue to listen, learn and lead throughout their careers.”
Situated at the former Campbell family homestead at Duntroon, Australia’s Royal Military College was opened in 1911 to oversee the initial military training of all officers in the Australian Army.
Graduations from Duntroon are an annual event, with extra cohorts pumped through during WWI and WWII.