ADFA Midshipmen rejoin the Fleet

This article has photo gallery Published on SBLT James Tew (author), Mr Michael Jackson-Rand (photographer)

Location(s): Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

The Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) held its Graduation Parade on Thursday December 8, 2016. 240 officer cadets and midshipmen graduated from their military training and tertiary education at the Academy. (photo: Michael Jackson-Rand)
The Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) held its Graduation Parade on Thursday December 8, 2016. 240 officer cadets and midshipmen graduated from their military training and tertiary education at the Academy.

Midshipmen from the Australian Defence Force Academy are set to rejoin the fleet after graduating from tertiary studies at the University of New South Wales campus in Canberra. 
 
A ceremonial parade in front of friends, family and dignitaries marked the completion of three years university education, leadership training and military skills development. 
 
Graduating with a Bachelor of Science, Midshipman Izaak Gurney said the highlight was making strong friendships across the wider Defence community.
 
“After spending three years learning and living with people from the other two services, we’ve managed to form great friendships that will last a long time,” Midshipman Gurney said.
 
Throughout their time at the Academy, trainees undertake a number of leadership exercises ranging from 24 hours to one week in duration. These practical exercises apply the theory received to simulated real world scenarios.
 
Midshipman Daniel Watson said the leadership challenges were important to reinforce all that was taught in their first six months in the Navy during New Entry Officers' Course and then further developed at the Academy.
 
“We get taught a lot of leadership principles in the classroom but applying these in an exercise out field really tests your ability to lead in a variety of challenging scenarios,” Midshipman Watson said. 
 
“I certainly think I’ve got a good base to build upon when I get back to the Fleet,” he said.
 
Navy officers join at the Royal Australian Naval College at HMAS Creswell on the New South Wales south coast, and proceed to the Academy in their second year in service.
 
Some Midshipmen who are specialising as Maritime Warfare Officers have already completed Phases One and Two of their Junior Warfare Officer training in that first year. These officers will resume their training and progress towards receiving their Bridge Watch Keeping certificate. 
 
Midshipmen who are specialising as Engineering or Maritime Logistics Officers will depart to Victorian training establishment, HMAS Cerberus to complete their application training while aviators will depart to RAAF Base Pearce in Western Australia or Victoria's RAAF Base East Sale to commence their training. 
 
To find out more about the Australian Defence Force Academy visit: http://defencejobs.gov.au/education/adfa/.