Our Cadets Need You

This article has photo gallery Published on LCDR Nic Robinson (author), POIS Nina Fogliani (photographer), LSIS Brad Darvill (photographer)

Topic(s): Australian Navy Cadets, Recruitment, Leadership

Australian Navy Cadets conduct a ceremonial parade during their National Training Camp at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria, October 2018. (photo: POIS Nina Fogliani)
Australian Navy Cadets conduct a ceremonial parade during their National Training Camp at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria, October 2018.

Australian Navy Cadets (ANC) is a youth organisation for people aged 13-17 years of age and they are currently seeking Expressions of Interest nationally, to perform the roles of Officers and Instructors of Cadets.

The ANC’s vision is to provide an environment and opportunities to develop young Australians to become capable, confident and resilient members of their communities. This is achieved through delivering safe, challenging and meaningful experiences in the maritime environment.

Officers and Instructors of Cadets are the lifeblood of the ANC organisation and central to the ability to deliver a youth development program as they safely lead, motivate, challenge and mentor Cadets.

Director General Navy Cadets and Reserves, Commodore Mark Hill says the Chief of Navy is committed to growing the ANC.

“In some places, the ANC provides the most tangible connection between the Navy and the nation,” Commodore Hill said.

“We have 2200 Cadets operating from nearly 90 locations around Australia and they simply cannot exist without enthusiastic and dedicated Officers and Instructors of Cadets.

“It is an exciting time for ANC as we look to grow the organisation in terms of both Cadets, and Officers and Instructors of Cadets.”

Commodore Hill highlighted that Officers and Instructors of Cadets do not need to come from the military or maritime domain, although people who had previously served in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) may already have many of the skills required.

“The ANC has shared values with the Royal Australian Navy and those individuals who live these values, make great volunteers,” Commodore Hill said.

“We all know that friend or colleague who is a great people-person or a good mentor to others, that’s what we are looking for in an Officer or Instructors of Cadets.”

“If you are that person, or you know a shipmate who is that person, let them know about becoming an Officers or Instructors of Cadets.

“It’s a rewarding experience and you might just learn something new about yourself too.”

Applications for Officers and Instructors of Cadets are currently open.

For more information visit www.navycadets.gov.au.