Single Service Training is generally conducted at the beginning and end of each year and gives cadets the opportunity to experience and learn about their parent Service. The Services are responsible for designing and implementing the program for single Service training.
On joining the Royal Australian Navy, most midshipmen complete six months initial Officer training at HMAS Creswell at Jervis Bay, followed by a six-month consolidation period in the fleet. They then commence at ADFA in their second year in the Navy. Navy Pilots and Observers go directly to ADFA. During Single Service Training at ADFA all midshipmen visit shore establishments and go to sea on Navy ships to gain an appreciation of shipboard life.
Army officer cadets undertake Single Service Training at the Royal Military College - Duntroon in Canberra, and other Army establishments in New South Wales and Victoria. The training includes weapon handling, field craft, navigation and tactics at platoon level.
Air Force Single Service Training follows the RAAF Junior Officers Initial Course program. The training includes general Service knowledge, ground defence training and air power knowledge. It also includes elements to motivate each Officer Cadet towards their chosen branch in the Air Force.