ADFA Open Day rocks the capital

Published on MIDN Luke Richmond (author), FSGT Kev Berriman (photographer)

Location(s): Canberra, ACT

Lieutenant Samuel Taylor-Burdon discusses Navy aviation with Mr Paul Hardie, and his daughter Isabella, as they take a tour of a Navy Bell 429 helicopter. (photo: FSGT Kev Berriman)
Lieutenant Samuel Taylor-Burdon discusses Navy aviation with Mr Paul Hardie, and his daughter Isabella, as they take a tour of a Navy Bell 429 helicopter.

On 30 August 2014, the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) opened its doors to the public to exhibit the multitude of exciting opportunities that are not only available to people who are interested in studying at the Academy, but also to people who are generally interested in a career in the Australian Defence Force.
 
Midshipmen and officer cadets, as undergraduate students, coordinated a majority of the events at the Open Day, with support from ADFA military staff and University of New South Wales (UNSW) academic staff.
 
Displays ranged from Army M1A1 Abrams tanks, Royal Australian Navy Seahawk helicopter, a fast-roping display by Navy clearance divers, Royal Australian Air Force Military Working Dogs, Battle Physical Training demonstrations and many more.

Lieutenant Commander Lorrae Blunden discusses the merits of having a career in the Navy with Mr Jeffery Lindsay (left) and his children Blake and Kiandra.

Lieutenant Commander Lorrae Blunden discusses the merits of having a career in the Navy with Mr Jeffery Lindsay (left) and his children Blake and Kiandra.


However, the displays were not exclusively military in nature. UNSW Canberra displayed its best showcase of career guidance and information sessions for all degree streams on offer at the Academy.
 
ADFA Sports and Voluntary Extra Curricular Clubs (VECCs) were another significant component of the ADFA Open Day, completing a well-rounded picture of the ADFA experience at Open Day. The majority of clubs and VECCs had information stalls and some displays, which did justice to the diverse extra-curricular life at ADFA.
 
“Members of the public were enthralled with the displays at the Open Day with many asking questions of the Midshipmen and Officer Cadets about their experiences at ADFA. I believe that many left after the Open Day with a solid understanding of ADFA’s quality and mission,” said Midshipman James Eriksson.
 
The 2014 ADFA Open Day was highly successful, with over 9,000 members of the public passing through to experience a taste of ADFA.

Leading Seaman Lionel Hayden hands Navy promotional pamphlets to Paige (left), Grace and their father Gary Taylor.

Leading Seaman Lionel Hayden hands Navy promotional pamphlets to Paige (left), Grace and their father Gary Taylor.