The Australian Defence Forces Academy (ADFA):
The three year Academic and Military Education and Training Program at ADFA is
designed to provide Midshipmen and Officer Cadets with the fundamental knowledge,
skills and attitudes required by junior Officers in the Australian Defence Force.
To graduate from ADFA, Midshipmen and Officer Cadets (collectively known as cadets) must
complete all four components of the training program.
- Common Military Training
- Single Service Training
- Undergraduate Degree
- Officer Qualities
Common Military Training and Single Service Training is undertaken in blocks at the beginning
and end of each year, during some session breaks, and for about eight hours each week during
the academic session. In their first year at ADFA cadets also participate in six weeks initial
military training, which helps them make the transition from civilian to military life.
Leadership and communication studies form a large part of the common military training
program at ADFA and cadets are given opportunities to develop and practice these skills
both in practical exercises and throughout day-to-day life at the Academy. Cadets will also
study defence issues in local, regional and global contexts, as well as military law and the
laws of armed conflict. They will learn how to handle weapons, carry out first aid, and live
in the field as part of a group. They will also maintain a high level of physical fitness
through compulsory physical training and optional sporting activities.
While cadets complete the majority of their studies, training and recreation with peers from
all three Services, they wear the uniform of their chosen Service, and complete some of their
training in a single Service environment. For example, Midshipmen will spend time at sea on
Navy ships, while Army Officer Cadets will learn weapons and field craft tactics and Air Force
Officer Cadets will perform workplace training on Air Force bases. Each Service also conducts
further training and development after Graduation.
ADFA is a campus of the University of NSW. Undergraduate studies, often referred to as academic
studies, include lectures, tutorials, exams and other activities that comprise an undergraduate
degree at UNSW@ADFA. UNSW@ADFA offers a range of three and four year undergraduate degree programs
in Arts, Business, Engineering, Science and Information Technology. To graduate from ADFA, cadets
must complete a three year undergraduate degree, or three years of a four year undergraduate
More information on the University courses at ADFA is available here.
The military education and training combined with a balanced and liberal university
education equips cadets to meet the many interesting and varied challenges of their future careers.
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