Around 200 Staff Cadets, including 15 internationals, graduated as Army officers during a parade at the Royal Military College – Duntroon today.
CAPTION: The 137th Graduating Class from the Royal Military College – Duntroon march off the parade ground for the final time. Photo by Sergeant Glen McCarthy.
Governor-General of Australia General David Hurley was the reviewing officer for the parade.
Chief of Army Lieutenant General Rick Burr welcomed the Army’s newest leaders during the parade.
The graduation was significant for the commissioning of 15 Staff Cadets from Cambodia, Fiji, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Qatar, Thailand and Tonga.
It was also unusual as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the format altered from the usual graduation parade to ensure compliance with ACT Government health directions.
“These graduates are the future leaders of our Army and I wish them the best of luck in the years ahead,” General Burr said.
“Their careers will be challenging and rewarding.
“They have adapted to the unique conditions this year and should be proud of their achievements.
“Congratulations to our international cadets who graduate today, your presence embodies the value we place on the friendship between our nations.”
Commandant of the Royal Military College Brigadier Ana Duncan said the involvement of international students was important for the Australian Defence Force.
“The dedication and successful commission of the international staff cadets shows the ADF is the partner of choice for our regional neighbours,” Brigadier Duncan said.
“It is a great honour to train and prepare international staff cadets for a career in the military and one the Royal Military College takes pride in.”
The Royal Military College – Duntroon prepares staff cadets for careers in the Army by promoting leadership and integrity, inspiring high-ideals and the pursuit of excellence, and instilling a sense of duty, loyalty and service to the nation.
Situated at the former Campbell family homestead at Duntroon, the college was opened in 1911 to oversee the initial military training of all officers in the Australian Army.