ADFA Tour by Jo H (NSW)

Written by AHQ

7 November 2018

On Friday afternoon about 26 AHQ associates gathered beneath the Tree of Knowledge at the Australian Defence Force Academy. The weather was windy & cloudy and we had to keep close to hear our guide.

Our tour leader was FSGT Glen, supported by CPL Daniel, who was loaded up with our Laundry Bags for distribution.

Glen has served 36 years in the Air Force and now is a reservist who looks after Work Health & Safety. Glen emphasised that this Academy is for students who are studying University courses as well as undertaking training, drills and learning about life in the military. Approx. 900 trainee officers are studying each year-Army, Navy and Air Force. University of NSW, Canberra provides one of the best student: instructor ratios and hosts international students as well as post graduate studies.

Most cadets have recently finished their HSC or equivalent school exams. As well as studying there is also a variety of sports available – from Rugby, AFL, swimming and even lawn bowls. There is even an obstacle course over the pool! Physical fitness is necessary and learning to march, use military equipment and undertaking leadership programs are part of the extensive training for the cadets.

The Parade Ground is used for graduation and is regarded as ‘sacred ground’. The flags represent the countries of international students who have been involved at ADFA.  

Everything cadets need is at the Academy. A prominent, necessary feature is the Academy Mess – the floor space is one of the largest. The foyer has Australian and Regimental flags and displays of gifts, weapons, paintings and crests. 

There are lounges, computers and games areas & a magpie that flew around with us and seemed right at home.

The table layout for meals is fairly informal but there are occasions when there is a formal Mess with President and gavel and ‘calls to order’. 

Breakfast is for ½ hour with 300 at a time – 2 divisions at a time.  Imagine the washing up!

We also saw the Commandants’ photos – pleased to see two women in there –as well as the Australian Honours awards – the medals awarded for service as well as higher awards.
This was an interesting tour, focusing on the cadets and their lives here. Thank your particularly for FSGT Glen for his time and excellent information.

Many thanks Jo for your report.


Till next time… keep spreading the word and happy stitching!

Jan-Maree xx

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1 Comment

  1. Sue Niven

    Brilliant. Brings back many wonderful memories.


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