ADFA cohort comes on board

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT John Cole (author), CPL Colin Dadd (photographer)

Commanding Officer Navy Headquarters South Australia, Commander Pat O'Brien addresses the inductees into the Navy during the Australian Defence Force Academy induction ceremony being held at Defence Force Recruiting in Adelaide.  (photo: CPL Colin Dadd)
Commanding Officer Navy Headquarters South Australia, Commander Pat O'Brien addresses the inductees into the Navy during the Australian Defence Force Academy induction ceremony being held at Defence Force Recruiting in Adelaide.

The Australian Defence community has continued to build for the future, with a new crop of leaders ushered into the ranks this week.

Defence has welcomed more than 350 young Australians to the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) at appointment ceremonies conducted nationwide.

These Midshipmen and Officer Cadets have successfully completed a competitive recruitment process.  ADFA looks for team players who enjoy a challenge, and who are willing to work hard and strive to excel.

Navy Commander Patrick O’Brien addressed seven new Midshipmen and their familes in a ceremony in Adelaide earlier this week.

A previous Training Commander of the Royal Australian Navy College, Commander O'Brien spoke about what lay ahead of them in the New Entry Officer Course, as well as the expectation placed upon them as young leaders and Officers in the Royal Australian Navy.

“There was such a mixture of emotions from the new Officer trainees, including a natural anxiousness, a little sadness of leaving their families, but mostly, they were really excited about what lay ahead of them," Commander O'Brien said.

The new Navy Officer candidates will now begin their studies at the Royal Australian Naval College before heading to ADFA, receiving instruction in leadership and military skills prior to gaining a University education to equip them to perform as future leaders of the Australian Defence Force.

Information on ADFA entry pathways is available on 13 19 01 or by visiting www.defencejobs.gov.au or a Defence Force Recruiting Centre.