The Chief of the Defence Force General Angus Campbell, AO, DSC, has officially welcomed the Australian Defence Force Academy’s (ADFA) newest members during the annual Chief of the Defence Force Parade.
GEN Campbell congratulated nearly 330 midshipmen and officer cadets for finishing their initial military training, and reminded the contingent of their "obligations as Australia's future military leaders".
“You have made a solemn commitment to serve your fellow citizens as directed by the government of the Commonwealth of Australia; with energy, determination and, if necessary, sacrifice. In doing so, you commit to upholding the highest standards and the finest traditions of the Australian Defence Force,” GEN Campbell said.
“Here, you are among equals in an environment where excellence is the standard. Success is not luck – it’s the result of hard work and commitment in everything you do."
The midshipmen and officer cadets have now commenced their academic program with the University of New South Wales Canberra.
The parade also welcomed new Commandant and ADFA alumnus Commodore Peter Leavy, CSM.
CDRE Leavy is the first graduate to return to ADFA as its Commandant.
ADFA graduates are represented well in the ADF, "from the most recent ADFA graduates who are performing critical roles on operations today, to the Admirals, Generals and Marshals who are ADFA alumni".
The Chief of the Defence Force also noted the inclusion of 21 international students in this year's class.
“The inclusion of international students encourages strong and enduring professional networks across all services and nations,” GEN Campbell said.
ADFA is a "unique military institution which combines military education and training, with study for an undergraduate degree".