ADF Cadets want you! Call for adult volunteers

The Australian Defence Force  is looking for adult volunteers to lead and inspire young people as part of the Navy, Army and Air Force cadets.

CAPTION: Australian Navy Cadet instructor Lieutenant AJ Hughes instructs Cadet Seaman Charlee Bell with driving a Rigid-Hulled Inflatable Boat. Photo by Sam Thies.

ADF Cadets is Defence’s leading youth development program, supporting 13- to 18-year-olds through activities that help them thrive in a team environment, improve communication skills and become responsible members of the local community.

Defence’s Head of ADF Cadets, Major General Douglas Laidlaw, said the program helped young people become more confident, capable and resilient.

“The cadets program provides rewarding, challenging and exciting activities for youth in hundreds of locations around Australia,” Major General Laidlaw said.

“However, it wouldn’t be able to provide the experiences it does without the support from the local community and the involvement of volunteers.”

ADF Cadets volunteers come from a diverse cultural and professional backgrounds. They are supported with training to develop their leadership skills.

“You don’t need any previous military experience to help out as a volunteer,” Major General Laidlaw said.

“Whether you have a little time to give or a lot, you will be welcomed into a close-knit, supportive and friendly community of volunteers who are putting the future of our nation in good hands.”

ADF Cadets is an inclusive organisation that provides opportunities for young people from a wide range of social backgrounds and abilities.

There are about 28,000 cadets currently enrolled in the program across the three services.

The call for adult volunteers is a key component of a number of initiatives being implemented to enhance the ADF Cadets program.

To find out more about volunteering with ADF Cadets, visit





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