Minister for Defence Personnel Darren Chester has visited RAAF Base East Sale to meet the 58 cadets and eight support staff who have started the week-long General Service Training Camp.
Minister Chester, who is the federal member for Gippsland, visited RAAF Base East Sale to meet the cadets from Tasmania's Number 5 Wing.
“The Australian Air Force Cadets organisation is actively supported by RAAF and aims to inspire young Australians to seek a career in the Australian Defence Force or Australian aerospace industry,” Minister Chester said.
“The organisation has grown into a vibrant network of some 7,500 young cadets who share camaraderie, responsibility and a sense of belonging. Camps such as these foster qualities that will enable cadets to become responsible young adults who will make a valuable contribution to the community."
The General Service Training Camp finishes on 26 January 2019, with Minister Chester saying the "government is proud of what the Australian Air Force Cadets offers to young people and sees it as a tremendous investment in our youth and the future of defence in Australia".
“The camp gives cadets a chance to experience life and the workings of a RAAF base, something not currently available within Tasmania," he said.
“Cadets will experience a familiarisation flight on a military aircraft, which is a wonderful opportunity for these young aviation enthusiasts. During the course, the cadets will be exposed to the many opportunities available to them both within the Air Force and the aviation industry as a whole."