What Will I Do And What Will I Learn ?

As a Cadet you’ll be offered some inspiring and challenging military-like experiences. You will learn valuable life and work skills that will open up your eyes to new possibilities, opportunities and career options

As a Cadet you will

  • Be part of a team and gain team building skills
  • Develop leadership and survival skills
  • Make new friends and have fun
  • Experience challenges
  • Learn to take responsibility
  • Take part in physical education activities

As a Cadet you’ll learn

  • Aviation
  • Leadership
  • Self-discipline
  • Safe weapons handling
  • Fieldcraft
  • First aid
  • Drill and ceremonial
  • Communications and navigation skills
  • Band activities

Air Force Cadets

As an Air Force Cadet you’ll learn about aviation through flying, gliding, aerospace studies, communications and navigation, air traffic control, aeromodelling, aircraft engineering, orienteering and map reading.

Most Air Force Cadet Squadrons meet for around three hours one evening each week during school terms.

Squadrons also conduct training on weekends throughout the year.

During the school holidays you can go on bivouacs and other specialist coursed conducted at Air Force bases.

How Do I Get Promoted ?

All new Cadets are “recruits” and have the opportunity to be promoted through the ranks after successfully completing each training stage. Cadets will then be required to attend specific training courses for each rank above Leading Cadet.

Air Force Cadets have the following promotion pattern:

Cadet (CDT)
Leading Cadet (LCDT)
Cadet Corporal (CCPL)
Cadet Sergeant (CSGT)
Cadet Flight Sergeant (CFSGT)
Cadet Warrant Officer (CWOFF)
Cadet Under Officer (CUO)

What About Uniforms, Equipment and Contributions ?

Cadets is excellent value for money. You can try some challenging and amazing activities that are partly paid for by the Australian Government through the AAFC.

Because of this investment we hope you’re serious about Cadets and that you’ll stay for a reasonable amount of time. But you can leave Cadets at any time.

The AAFC provides uniforms and most equipment. On camps, most of the equipment will be provided by Defence, however you may need to provide additional gear for your son or daughter’s comfort such as a sleeping bag for overnight activities. When you leave Cadets you must return all uniforms and equipment.

Squadrons generally ask for a weekly or annual subscription to help with running expenses. For most bivouacs and courses you will be asked to contribute a small amount to help cover expenses not met by Defence.

Requirements To Become A Cadet

The following conditions must be met before a young man or woman can become a cadet:

  • Must be at least 13 years of age, and under 18 years of age.
  • Must be an Australian Citizen or Australian Resident
  • Must pass a medical examination at own expense by their local doctor who must certify the applicant is fit for cadet service
  • Must agree with and sign the AAFC Code of Behaviour


All applicants must have a medical examination by their local doctor who must certify that the applicant is fit for cadet service. Some Medical conditions that may disqualify applicants but not limited to are:

  • Severe Epilepsy
  • Severe Asthma
  • Severe Heart conditions
  • Severe Respiratory problem

An applicant, who suffers from any of the above conditions, is eligible for enrolment, provided that specialist medical opinion considers the medical

condition is under control and that the applicant is capable of performing strenous physical activities.

Application Forms

Each applicant is to fully complete and provide the following forms.

  • Application for Enrolment as a Cadet
  • Medical Examination
  • A signed copy of the AAFC Code of Behaviour
  • Proof of age by Birth Certificate (or extract) or passport