The newest appointees to the Royal Australian Navy, Australian Army and Royal Australian Air Force were formally welcomed to the ADF at ceremonies across all Australian states and territories last month.
CAPTION: Deputy Chief of Army Major General Anthony Rawlins administers the oath to the newest members of the Australian Army at an appointment ceremony at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra on 15 January 2021. Photo by John Carroll.
Capturing the diversity of the community which the ADF serves, the successful candidates come from a range of backgrounds, including regional and remote locations such as Biloela in Queensland and the Goldfields-Esperance region of Western Australia.
Minister for Defence Personnel Darren Chester said the appointees would become officers, taking up the challenge of military leadership and, for those attending the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) in Canberra, earn an undergraduate degree at the same time.
“Each year, our ADF welcomes the next generation of leaders and these ceremonies are a significant milestone for these young people, representing the next step in their careers, as their families watch on with pride,” Mr Chester said.
“Those attending ADFA will be paid to obtain a degree from the University of New South Wales, with some of these appointees choosing to study in exciting and high-demand fields such as engineering, computing and cyber security, and science.”
“Depending on their chosen service and career, others will attend world-class training at the Royal Australian Naval College HMAS Creswell, the Royal Military College Duntroon or the Officer’s Training School at RAAF Base East Sale.