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23 February 2019 – Chief of the Defence Force Parade

The 2019 Chief of the Defence Force Parade will be held at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) on Saturday 23 February 2019, commencing at 9.30 am.

The Chief of the Defence Force Parade marks the completion of initial military training by Year One Midshipmen and Officer Cadets and is a significant milestone in their progress into the Australian Defence Force.

The Academy welcomes all guests to this important event, and hope that the following information will assist you in planning your attendance. For those unable to attend, the parade is live-streamed on the ADFA Facebook Page.

The information pack for guests is available to download: CDF Parade Information Pack

24 August 2019 – ADFA Open Day

This is a chance for potential ADFA candidates, Defence families and members of the community to learn more about the lifestyle, tertiary education and military training on offer at the Academy. There is also a range of military displays by the Navy, Army and Air Force to give you a snapshot of some of the careers available to you in the ADF.

Thousands of people attended the 2018 ADFA Open Day and enjoyed the RAAF Roulettes display, RAAF military working dogs display, a simulated ground based infantry attack by ADFA Midshipmen and Officer Cadets, overwater obstacle course, physical training outdoor battle display, Army vehicle displays, Army Parachute Display Team, Navy helicopters and much more. ADFA’s Midshipmen and Officer Cadets ran stalls, selling food and interacted with families and potential candidates to provide them with insight into life while at ADFA.

Further information on the ADFA Open Day will be provided in the lead up to the event.

12 December 2019 – ADFA Graduation Parade

The 2019 Graduation Parade will be held at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) on Thursday 12 December 2019, commencing at 9.30am.

The Graduation Parade is a significant milestone in the careers of the graduating midshipmen and officer cadets, marking the culmination of three years of military and academic studies at ADFA. The parade incorporates the presentation of awards and is one of the largest ceremonial evening conducted annually in Australia, with the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia as the Reviewing Officer.

The Academy welcomes all guests to this important event, and hope that the available information will assist with planning. For those unable to attend, the parade is live-streamed on the ADFA Facebook Page.

The 2019 ADFA Graduation Parade Information Pack will be available closer to the event.

Download the 2019 Calendar of Events (139 KB PDF)

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