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Vice Chief of the
Defence Force

Reserve and Youth Division

Reserve and Youth Division

Reserve and Youth Division is headed by a 2-star Officer Rear Admiral Bruce Kafer.

Reserve and Youth Division (RYD) manages strategic tri level policy as it relates to the Australian Defence Force Reserves and Cadets. Matters such as commanding, manning, training, equipping and maintaining the Reserves remain the responsibility of the single Services. It also acts as the conduit between the Defence and the single Services Cadet Forces, youth organisations, employers and the community from which the Reserves and Cadets are drawn.

Cadet, Reserve and Employer Support Division (CRESD) was created in 2009 with the merger of the Reserve and Employer Support Division and the Cadet Policy Branch.

On 02 Feb 2017, CRESD was renamed to Reserve and Youth Division (RYD).

Further information is available on the RYD websites: