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ADF welcomes new Army Officers

ADF welcomes new Army Officers

Around 200 Staff Cadets have graduated as Army Officers at the Royal Military College, Duntroon.

Around 200 Staff Cadets have graduated as Army Officers at the Royal Military College, Duntroon.

Governor-General David Hurley and the Chief of Army, Lieutenant General Rick Burr, have presided over a graduation ceremony at the Royal Military College, Duntroon, where 200 Staff Cadets were welcomed as newly appointed Army Officers.

“These graduates are the future leaders of our Army and I wish them the best of luck in the years ahead,” LTGEN Burr said.

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“Their careers will be challenging and rewarding. They have adapted to the unique conditions this year and should be proud of their achievements.

“Congratulations to our international cadets who graduate today, your presence embodies the value we place on the friendship between our nations.”

Among the graduates were 15 international Staff Cadets representing Cambodia, Fiji, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Qatar, Thailand and Tonga.

Commandant of the Royal Military College of Australia, Brigadier Ana Duncan, reflected on the benefits of international involvement for the Australian Defence Force.

“The dedication and successful commission of the international Staff Cadets shows the ADF is the partner of choice for our regional neighbours,” BRIG Duncan said.

“It is a great honour to train and prepare international Staff Cadets for a career in the military and one the Royal Military College takes pride in.”

The Royal Military College, Duntroon prepares Staff Cadets for careers in the Army by promoting leadership and integrity, inspiring high-ideals and the pursuit of excellence, and instilling a sense of duty, loyalty and service to the nation.

Situated at the former Campbell family homestead at Duntroon, the college was opened in 1911 to oversee the initial military training of all officers in the Australian Army.

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