Cadets get a taste of ADF life

ADF cadets across South Australia were provided with the opportunity to visit 9th Brigade at Cultana Training Area on September 16 and 17 as the brigade transitioned between phases of Exercise Rhino Run.

CAPTIONAn Air Force Cadet enjoys a protected mobility vehicle ride during an immersion experience as part of 9th Brigade’s Exercise Rhino Run 2023. Story by Captain Adrienne Goode. Photos by Sergeant Peng Zhang.

The 35 cadets, including 22 Australian Army cadets and 13 RAAF cadets, were able to observe and interact with Army personnel from across infantry, engineering, signals, combat service support and health.

Major Ryan Bell, of 9th Brigade, said the activity was a valuable experience for both Army personnel and cadets.

“9th Brigade’s connection with the people and communities of South Australia is a central component to our identity,” Major Bell said.

“These types of activities are extremely valuable for showcasing the outstanding individuals and teams within 9th Brigade and the full range of options for service categories and entry pathways available to anyone interested in a career in Defence.”

CAPTIONArmy and Air Force cadets watch the unloading of a fuel tank by soldiers from the 1st Combat Support Service Team.

Reservist and Port Lincoln local Captain Scott Wendland was pleased to share his experience with the cadets.

“My journey with Army has been quite exciting. It has included going out field, participating in week-long exercises, weekend opportunities, completing courses with my mates in different parts of Australia, and more,” Captain Wendland said.

“It’s great to see the regional kids showing an interest in the ADF. There’s a unique resilience, independence and trouble-shooting ability that tends to come through in country people.

“Being out here helps to further the cadets’ development and increase their experience of Army.”

The weekend sparked inspiration for Australian Army Cadet and Whyalla resident Jake Palmer who hopes to join the Royal Australian Infantry Corps one day.

“My favourite part was going for a ride in the Bushmaster,” Mr Palmer said.

“One day I want to be in the infantry, so I joined the cadets to see what Army is all about, get some experience, and learn some skills.”

Australian Army Cadet Harold Bissell said the experience helped set the cadets up for success at their upcoming annual field exercise in October.

“I did the Public Affairs course with cadets in July, so I’m really glad I’ve been able to come along to Cultana, because I have been able to refresh all my skills for Exercise Rising Sun,” Mr Bissell said.


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