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Australian Defence Force Cadets
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The Badge of the ADFC
Active 1976 – Present
Role Volunteer Youth Organisation
Headquarters Directorate ADFC
Commanders
Head Cadet, Reserve and Employer Support Division Major General P.L. Brereton, AM, RFD

The Australian Defence Force Cadets (ADFC) are a community-based, youth development organisation of approximately 22,000 cadets and 2,200 cadet staff in 464 units and squadrons across Australia. Coordination of the Australian Defence Force Cadets is via the Cadet Policy Branch (part of the Department of Defence).[1] The ADFC is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Defence, in partnership with the community.[1]

The Australian Defence Force Cadets have been a large part of the Australian community since the 19th century. After the cadets were re-raised in 1976 the three cadet services were grouped together as the Australian Services Cadet Scheme. In 2001 this was changed to the Australian Defence Force Cadets.

Cadet units are referred to differently depending on the parent service. Airforce Cadet Units are referred to as Squadrons, Navy Cadet Units are referred to as Training Ships and Army cadet Units are referred to as Army Cadet Units. The ADFC comprise three organisations:

ADFC Ranks[edit | edit source]

Officer of Cadets (OOC) ranks[edit | edit source]

Australian Navy Cadets (ANC)
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Rank Sub Lieutenant
ANC
Lieutenant
ANC
Lieutenant
Commander ANC
Commander
ANC
Captain
ANC
Abbreviation SBLT,
ANC
LEUT,
ANC
LCDR,
ANC
CMDR,
ANC
CAPT,
ANC
Australian Army Cadets (AAC)
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Rank Second Lieutenant
AAC
Lieutenant
AAC
Captain
AAC
Major
AAC
Lieutenant Colonel
AAC
Colonel
AAC
Abbreviation 2LT
(AAC)
LT
(AAC)
CAPT
(AAC)
MAJ
(AAC)
LTCOL
(AAC)
COL
(AAC)
Australian Air Force Cadets (AAFC)
Insignia Rankslide AAFC PLTOFF.jpg Rankslide AAFC FLGOFF.jpg Rankslide AAFC FLTLT.jpg Rankslide AAFC SQNLDR.jpg Rankslide AAFC WGCDR.jpg Rankslide AAFC GPCAPT.jpg
Rank Pilot Officer AAFC Flying Officer AAFC Flight Lieutenant AAFC Squadron Leader AAFC Wing Commander AAFC Group Captain AAFC
Abbreviation PLTOFF
(AAFC)
FLGOFF
(AAFC)
FLTLT
(AAFC)
SQNLDR
(AAFC)
WGCDR
(AAFC)
GPCAPT
(AAFC)

Instructor of Cadets (IOC) ranks[edit | edit source]

Australian Navy Cadets (ANC)
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Rank Petty Officer ANC Chief Petty Officer ANC
Abbreviation POANC CPOANC
Australian Army Cadets (AAC)
Insignia (No insignia)
Rank Uniformed Assistant AAC Lance Corporal AAC Corporal AAC Sergeant AAC Staff Sergeant AAC
(Former rank)
Warrant Officer Class Two AAC Warrant Officer Class One AAC
Abbreviation UA
(AAC)
LCPL
(AAC)
CPL
(AAC)
SGT
(AAC)
SSGT
(AAC)
WO2
(AAC)
WO1
(AAC)
Australian Air Force Cadets (AAFC)
Insignia Rankslide AAFC AC.jpg Rankslide AAFC LAC.jpg Rankslide AAFC CPL.jpg Rankslide AAFC SGT.jpg Rankslide AAFC FSGT.jpg Rankslide AAFC WOFF.jpg
Rank Aircraftman/ Aircraftwoman AAFC Leading Aircraftman/ Leading Aircraftwoman AAFC Corporal AAFC Sergeant AAFC Flight Sergeant AAFC Warrant Officer AAFC
Abbreviation AC/ACW
(AAFC)
LAC/LACW
(AAFC)
CPL
(AAFC)
SGT
(AAFC)
FSGT
(AAFC)
WOFF
(AAFC)

Cadets ranks[edit | edit source]

Australian Navy Cadets (ANC)
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Rank Cadet Recruit Cadet Seaman Cadet Able Seaman Cadet Leading Seaman Cadet Petty Officer Cadet Chief Petty Officer Cadet Warrant Officer Midshipman ANC
Abbreviation CDTRCT CDTSMN CDTAB CDTLS CDTPO CDTCPO CDTWO MIDN, ANC
Australian Army Cadets (AAC)
Insignia (No insignia) (No insignia) Similar to AAFC
Rank Cadet Recruit Cadet Cadet Lance Corporal Cadet Corporal Cadet Sergeant Cadet Staff Sergeant (Former rank) Cadet Warrant Officer Class Two Cadet Warrant Officer Class One Cadet Under Officer
Abbreviation CDTREC CDT CDTLCPL CDTCPL CDTSGT CDTSSGT CDTWO2 CDTWO1 CUO
Australian Air Force Cadets (AAFC)
Insignia (No insignia) Rankslide AAFC CDT.jpg Rankslide AAFC LCDT.jpg Rankslide AAFC CCPL.jpg Rankslide AAFC CSGT.jpg Rankslide AAFC CFSGT.jpg Rankslide AAFC CWOFF.jpg Rankslide AAFC CUO.jpg
Rank Cadet Recruit Cadet Leading Cadet Cadet Corporal Cadet Sergeant Cadet Flight Sergeant Cadet Warrant Officer Cadet Under Officer
Abbreviation N/A CDT LCDT CCPL CSGT CFSGT CWOFF CUO

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "CadetNet - About cadets". Government of Australia. Archived from the original on 16 April 2008. http://web.archive.org/web/20080416035226/http://www.cadetnet.gov.au/asp/index.asp?pgid=12791. Retrieved 2008-05-04. 

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